Thursday, November 10, 2011

Success Conscious

Success comes to those who become success conscious.

Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. The object of this blog is to help anyone who seeks it to learn the art of changing their minds from failure consciousness to success consciousness.

Another weakness found in altogether too many people is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some people cannot think in terms of wealth and riches, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.

You don’t have to look far for illustration of this point. Consider how you look upon people of other nationalities and cultures, physically. You think of your own appearance as the base for ‘normal’ and find their looks to be exotic and different. Few of us stop very often to consider that on the flip side, from the ‘outsider’s’ point of view, you are the person who looks unique.

Another simple case in point—accents. Wherever you are from, whatever the accent you speak with, that is what sounds ‘right’ or ‘normal’ to you. When a visitor from another part of the country or world arrives or moves in, you find their speech to be interesting, maybe even strange. No doubt, however, that same person is thinking the same of the way you, and nearly everyone else in your region, talks.

We recognize this phenomenon in modern society as a level of ignorance, yet, we have difficulty truly overcoming it, and sometimes even make conclusions about a person because they do not speak or look like us.

This same perspective is what we apply to human abilities across the board. We refuse to believe what we do not understand. We foolishly believe that our own limitations are the proper measure of human limitations. To be sure, it must be the other person’s diction that is “off,” because it is not the same as our own.

Since the dawn of the modern automobile industry, millions of people have looked at the achievements of Henry Ford, and envy him because of his good fortune, or luck, or genius, or whatever it is that they credit to Ford’s success and subsequent wealth. It may even be that one person in every hundred thousand knows the secret of Ford’s success, and those who do know are too modest, or too reluctant, to discuss it, because of its simplicity.

The following anecdote is just one example of the “secret” to Ford’s success; the “secret” to wealth creation exemplified by all successful men and women who think and grow rich.

Early in the age of the automobile, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor. He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was put on paper, but the engineers agreed, every one of them, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder gas engine block in one piece.

Ford said, “Produce it anyway.”

“But,” they replied, “it’s impossible!”

“Go ahead,” Ford commanded, “and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required.”

The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question; impossible!”

At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders.

“Go right ahead,” said Ford, “I want it, and I’ll have it.”

They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered. The Ford determination had won once more!

Admittedly, this story may not be described with exact accuracy, but the summary of it is correct. Those of you who wish to think and grow rich should use this story to deduce the secret of the Ford millions, if you can. You won’t have to look long.

Henry Ford was a success because he understood and applied the principles of success. One of these principles is desire: knowing what you want. Remember this Ford story as you read, and pick out the lines which describe the secret of his stupendous achievement. If you can do this, if you can lay your finger on the particular group of principles which made Henry Ford rich, you can equal his achievements in almost any profession you are suited to.