When Henry Ford, yes, the car maker Henry Ford, decided he wanted a V8 engine in his automobiles, his engineers told him it could not be done. It meant casting all 8-cylinders in one block, and his engineers had never seen it done and they were convinced that it couldn’t be done.
Old Henry instructed them to do it anyway. So away they went, and for the next year they tried everything they could think of, but when Old Henry came back to them for a report, they told him they had not produced the engine.
He told them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a V8 engine. They worked on it for another year with the same result. His instructions were the same, go and produce an 8-cylinder engine.
Finally, the guys came upon an idea of how this could be done and the Ford Motor Company produced the first automobile with a V8 engine. How was Mr. Ford able to persuade his engineers to develop this engine? He had a burning desire to have that engine. I don’t know what about that engine inspired him, but he was determined to have it.
When Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from the freight train in Orange, New Jersey in 1905, it was said he looked like a tramp. But, that was just his exterior appearance. In Edwin’s mind, he was on a mission to inform Mr. Thomas Edison that he was there to go into business with him.
Never mind he did not have a dime in his pocket, he looked like he had not bathed in months, and probably smelled that way too, he was there to make his dream come true. His desire was not a hope, it was not a wish, it was a keen, pulsating desire, which transcended everything else, as documented by Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.
His big opportunity did not occur immediately. Five years had passed before Edwin got his big shot. At first, he appeared to be just another employee, but in his mind, he was a partner in business with Mr. Edison. During this time, Mr. Edison invented a dictation machine, which none of his sales force was interested in pushing and Edwin saw his opportunity. He convinced Mr. Edison he could sell that machine and he went out and proved it. He sold it so well, Mr. Edison gave him the distribution rights to sell it all over the country. And lo and behold, he became an actual business partner of Mr. Edison’s.
What did Mr. Ford and Mr. Barnes have in common? They both had a burning desire, a definite purpose and they were willing to put everything on the line in order to accomplish their dreams.
How about you? Has there ever been something you were willing to bet the house on? Has there ever been something you wanted so badly you were willing to do whatever it took in order to acquire it?
This author has gone through some of that. Since my early adulthood, I have wanted to own a business. I have tried and failed at a number of things over the years, but I never gave up and now I am happily doing what I was meant to do, which is to provide a quality service to others. It has not always been pretty, but the desire was there and the fire has been burning inside of me, so I could not give up, even after becoming a retiree.
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