Henry Ford, according to Wikipedia, was a famous “American captain of industry and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.” He was also known for some pithy quotes.
The one most folks might know concerns the ground-breaking Model T automobile: “You can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.”
Some of my favorites:
“Don’t find fault; find a remedy.”
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
Ford was more than a brilliant capitalist; he was progressive in his practices and innovative in his business. He was also generous. That quality was expressed in his association with Martha Berry. The long-lasting friendship between Martha Berry and the Fords began when, in 1921, Miss Berry accepted a dinner invitation from Thomas Edison, who at the time was a friend of the Fords. At this dinner, Martha Berry met the Fords and began her life-long friendship with them.
What a combination! Martha Berry’s commitment to making educational opportunities available for any person and Henry Ford’s willingness to do more for the world that the world did for him changed many lives.
We can follow Ford’s advice. Success is indeed making a difference for all the right reasons.