An Automotive Pioneer

By: Brain Johnson

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently" (2).     Henry Ford

Henry Ford has had failure in his life.  He learned from his failiure and it helped him advance in a more intelligent way.  Ford failed two attempts to establish Ford Motor Company before he was successful (4).


"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right" (2). Henry Ford

This quote is all about confidence.  No matter what a person goes to do, if that person is going to do it right it depends on how their mind is set.  If someone doesn't think they can do something, they will fail.  If someone knows they can do something, they will succeed.  A person needs to have confidence in themselves.

Henry Ford is an important figure in American history.  He changed the face of automobile manufacturing.  He made the Model T, which in 1918 half of all cars in America were Model Ts (4).  Ford's help in developing the assembly line contributed in reducing the cost of the Model T car (1).  Henry Ford was a transcendentalist.  He had the qualities of confidence, free thought, nonconformity,  and he knew the importance of nature.  Ford needed confidence in himself to found Ford Motor Company.  He grew up on a farm in rural Michigan so he understood how important nature is (4).  His dream of  producing an automobile that was reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient took free thought.  Ford showed nonconformity by giving his employees a good daily wage compared to others at that time (1).


"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do" (2).
Henry Ford

Henry Ford recieved reputation on what he did.  He believed in taking action and relying on himself to do something.  He had confidence that he would do it right.

Transcendentalist ideals have a great influence on our society.  The world would be a different place without confidence, self-reliance, nature, nonconformity, and free thought.  If it wasn't for people like Henry Ford, who had good ideas and confidence in themselves, there would have never been a Ford Motor Company.  Ford did some farming in his life.  If it wasn't for farmers the world would have no source of food.  The world will and has always needed nonconformists like Henry Ford who can truly change society.

  • 1. "Henry Ford Biography." Biography Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.

  • 2."Henry Ford Quotes." N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.
  • 3."Speed Doctor." N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.
  • 4. "The Life of Henry Ford." The Henry Ford: The Life of Henry Ford. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.  

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