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Reflection on a Famous Quote – August 30, 2012, by Danny J. Stevens

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you’re right”

~ Henry Ford

From the information I have heard about Henry Ford, he was a dynamic thinker.  Napoleon Hill discusses the competency trial that Ford was brought into because his heirs did not think he was capable of making decisions for himself.  As he went along with the questioning he was getting annoyed with the questioning.   Finally he told the court that he had a row of button installed on his desk, if he needed answer to questions like those being asked in court he could press the button a someone who works for him will be at his desk  and will be able to answer the question.  Why then should he have to fill his mind with pointless information just to please the court?

This was how Henry Ford thought.  When he wants to build the combustible engine he brought the engineer in to the room told them his idea and told them to make it happen.  They returned several times stating that it could not be done.  Each time he dismissed them and told them to make it happen.  Henry Ford knew that if he could envision something than the means to complete the vision existed, somehow, someway.

It is this thinking though that is behind his quote I am sharing with you today.  Whatever your belief is it is yours and based on your point of view your right.   A quote that would go along with this quote is, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”  Are you open minded enough to examine other possible alternatives?

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