Entrepreneur of Everything

Life of Henry J. Ford

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."


Henry Ford was anything but normal. He was born July 30, 1863, on his family's farm in Dearborn, Michigan. From the time he was a young boy, Ford enjoyed tinkering with machines. Farm work and a job in a Detroit machine shop afforded him ample opportunities to experiment. In 1893, He built a gasoline engine, and within a few years, an automobile, still a novelty item of the rich or do-it-yourself engineers. Later in 1899 Ford left Edison to help run the Detroit Automobile Company. Ford hoped to incorporate ideas from other industries -- standardized parts as Eli Whitney had used with gun manufacturing, or assembly line methods George Eastman tried in photo processing -- to make the process more efficient. This idea struck others in his field as nutty, so before long, Ford quit Detroit Automobile Company and began to build his own racing cars. They were good enough to attract backers and even partners, and in 1903, he set up the Ford Motor Company ( Ford." PBS). Henry Ford basically did everything, between selling cars and selling toilet paper he did it. Being an entrepreneur Ford made his living by being unique and free thought. A true transcendentalist by way of changing the way people think about things. Henry Ford did not conform to the other automobile manufacturers; he was himself and found a solution to the problem at hand. Henry Ford once said “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”(BrainyQuote) in this quote he describes how confident he is in being successful. These are all examples of how one of the greatest entrepreneurs of his time is transcendental by nonconformity, confidence and free thought.

Shannon Gates

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