“The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.” – Henry Ford
Sometimes, the situation just simply calls for a pragmatic approach… There may be no better quote than this one on planning and execution from automobile pioneer Henry Ford to demonstrate a simple way to move forward when faced with a challenge or difficulty.
When Henry Ford decided to move forward with his plans to mass produce the Model T, many people thought his plans were absurd. As it turns out, they were partially right. He and the Ford Motor Co. were after all, absurdly successful!
According to Wikipedia, the Model T was mass produced from October 1, 1908 and stayed in production until the 15 Millionth “Tin Lizzie” rolled off the line with Mr. Ford watching from his Highland Park factory in Michigan on May 26, 1927. The first vehicle actually began production on August 12, 1908 and rolled off the assembly line and then left the factory on September 27, 1908.
It is said that Mr. Ford used some version of the quote above throughout his lifetime to help with the many difficult decisions he would be faced with as he advanced travel for Millions of Americans. Here is what Mr. Ford said about the Model T:
“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”
Mr. Ford sized up his chances, capitalized on a system created by Ransom E. Olds, calculated the risks involved, estimated his ability to deal with the risks, and then set about confidently making plans that ultimately changed the world as it was known at the time.
Bold moves, from a bold Man, with a bold vision not just for himself and his company, but for each and every one of the customers he intended to serve!
Author: Bobby Kountz
Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.