At age 23, Henry Ford set out with his first idea of a gas powered engine. He thought he had struck gold with his Quadricycle. The First Quadricycle ran well, but was too small and incomplete for large scale production. His first failure. He then began work on his second vehicle. It was more compact, but he needed financial backing. He found William Murphy and formed Detroit Automobile Co. They had high hopes for this vehicle, but unfortunately, it had to be reworked. It was taking way too long, and Murphy and the Board of Directors grew restless. They dissolved the company a year and a half later. They lost confidence in Henry Ford.
Ford decided to try again and convinced Murphy to give him another try. They formed the Henry Ford Co., but this was short lived because Murphy pressured Ford to get his design complete and into production. Less than a year and a half later, Ford left the company. He was unphased by his failures as he considered them invaluable lessons. He decided a new business model needed to be developed. He found another financial partner to back him, Alexander Malcomson, and partnered with the Vice President of Ford Motor Co., James Couzens. Malcomson agreed to finance the project, but not meddle with the manufacturing process. He left that to Ford and his team. They began work on the Model A, lightest car ever made. The team worked hard at producing 15 cars per day. The first batch of Model As were less than flawless. They had to send mechanics all over the country to fix problems. He and Couzens kept shipping cars, making mistakes, and learning.
It took five more years and countless failures before Ford Motor Co. came out with the world's best automobile, the Model T. The Model T revolutionized the automobile industry and brought Ford to the forefront of that industry.
Just imagine if Henry Ford would have given up after 1, 2, or even 3 of his failures. Perseverance, determination, and commitment win out. Is there something you need to commit to? Whether in life or fitness related, our daily decisions make up our outcome. I sincerely want to help you overcome your obstacles. I know what it is to experience failure and to find a way to keep getting back up again.