Henry Ford: American industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Company.
Born: July 30, 1863
Died: April 7, 1947

Henry Ford, whose name is synonymous with the great American automobile, spent his childhood struggling with the most rudimentary aspects of reading while excelling in repairs of all kinds. While still in school he gained a reputation for the speed and accuracy with which he could repair a watch. He later parlayed the skills he mastered through repetition into the ideas behind the assembly line, ideas that changed the face of American industry.

His secret? He never stopped learning.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

And he never gave up.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Even when things did not go well

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Overall, he concluded that

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.

And that

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait: The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.

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