Following in the footsteps of inventors one will find those considered innovators. With the invention of something new come along many others who will attempt to make it better. Just like with the initial invention, not all will succeed but from every trial comes the possibility of improvement. It only takes the ideas of one to spark a fresh new idea of another. Today's step back in time visits a person considered both an inventor and innovator.
This Day in History: August 15, 1899
|Henry Ford Heritage|
As a young boy, Ford took apart everything he got his hands on; he became known around the neighborhood for fixing people's watches. As he grew up, he explored every mechanical opportunity he could find, learning to fix steam engines and run mill operations. In the 1890s, he focused particularly on internal combustion engines. Source: Heritage
With any challenge comes the risk of failure. Life = Risk! Because of such a thirst, Ford's far-reaching vision never faltered in spite of first and second attempt failures. Henry Ford did not build the first automobile. He was responsible for the changes and transformations in the automobile into an innovation that profoundly shaped the 20th century. He is well known as the inventor of the assembly line. And, it does not stop there. His insight continues to affect our lives today.
In much the same fashion, he worked on making sure that an automotive infrastructure developed along with the cars. Just like horses, cars had to be fed--so Ford pushed for gas stations everywhere. And as his tin lizzies bounced over the rutted tracks of the horse age, he campaigned for better roads, which eventually led to an interstate-highway system that is still the envy of the world. [Source: Time.com]
Next time you hit an obstacle in life, reflect upon the wisdom of Henry Ford. With failure comes the opportunity to try again, just differently!