We have only started on our development of our country - we have not as yet, with all our talk of wonderful progress, done more than scratch the surface. The progress has been wonderful enough, but when we compare what we have done with what there is to do, then our past accomplishments are as nothing. When we consider that more power is used merely in ploughing the soil than is used in all the industrial establishments of the country put together, an inkling comes of how much opportunity there is ahead. And now, with so many countries of the world in ferment and with so much unrest everywhere, is an excellent time to suggest something of the things that may be done in the light of what has been done.
When one speaks of increasing power, machinery, and industry there arises the idea of a cold, metallic sort of world in which great factories will drive away the trees, the flowers, the birds, and the green fields. And that then we shall have a world composed of metal machines and human machines. With all of that I do not agree. I think that unless we know more about machines and their use, unless we better understand the mechanical portion of life, we cannot have the time to enjoy the trees, and the birds, and the flowers, and the green fields.
©2016 Shane (P)2016 Shane
I saw great reviews for this one and although autobiographies aren't the genre that holds my interest the best, I was pleasantly surprised
I started listening this book because I figured it would give me better insight on how to perform at work better. It gave me more than that. Ford is truly inspirational. This is not a technical book but Fords view of life and business. After reading/listening to this book, there is no way you can view either one the same way.
Henry Ford's self-image, if at all lamented in fact, is of an inspirational and principled life. As the owner of a construction company I appreciate this book for Ford's persistant idea that profit, in any sense, only follows hard work.
There is nothing I'd change about the book, but there are a few things I'd like to convince the author of.
The most interesting aspect of this story is Ford's vision to develop his motorcar, which required much sacrifice and effort.
The least interesting aspect of this story is the repetitive stories of the Ford Motor Company's many triumphs.
The narration did a good job of matching the voice and pace of the author.
I'd have liked to know more about what he did and less about what his business did.
Ford's thoughts were ahead of his time and laid the foundation for lean manufacturing. It's difficult to understand his perspective after already understanding the conclusion of many of his ideas.
more about running a business and business ethics than a biography of Henry Ford. Still very good
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