Dreamers, that is to say the dreamers who actually
do something about their dreams are achievers. What they can and do achieve is massive, larger than anybody else can often conceive or believe they can achieve.
Lets take Henry Ford as an example: I think most people have heard of the Model T Ford. That was the result of Henry Ford’s dream, which was to be able to manufacture cars that the average American can afford to buy and run. On for face of it, that sounds like a fairly simple dream, no? Automobile manufacturing was in it’s infancy. Panhard & Levassor, and Peugeot were already set up and running in Frnace so Ford had a blueprint to work from, but how to get started?
Somehow (just how is not relevant here) he raised the funds necessary to get his car factory up snd running. That was the easy part. His first production car was bought by a doctor from Detroit, Michigan. Ford was on his way! That first sale evolved into the Model T which Ford decided to standardise upon to keep the costs low and make his dream of afffordability more achievable.
To further this aim, Henry Ford invested in a purpose-built factory using the world’s first production line system. Although others had some production lines installed, Ford was the first to design the entire output of his factory around the idea of moving the parts to the workers, maximising production. Demand for the now legendary cars spiralled and as the cost of production fell due to the economies of volume production, so did the retail price, dropping from $850 to $345.
Somewhere along the way, Ford fell out with his initial investors and managed to buy them out, a deal from which they profited handsomely; every thousand dollars each investor had put into the Ford Motor Company repaid them 2.5 million dollars!
In order to retain his skilled workforce, who at the time were earning the average rate and were prone to leaving for “greener grass” at the other factories which they perceived offered an easier job for the same money, Ford increased the workforce’s pay by 150%, making them among the best paid factory workers in the country.
As time passed and engine outputs increased it had been noticed that multi-cylinder engines, which were often made from a common crankcae with separate cylinders bolted on, were very prone to age and power related leakage and distortion. There was no known nor feasible cure for this issue, but Ford wanted it done! He set a team of engineers, led by “Cast Iron” Charlie Sorenson onto the project, which did not get the required result of a complete engine block, cast in one single piece to eliminate leaks and distortion until the early 1930′s.
Far from perfect at it’s inception, the legendary “Flathead Ford” was prone to overheating due to its design but thanks to almost continuous refining it remained in the engine line-up for 21 years, a phenomenal achievement considering the cutting edge technology of the time and the best materials design brains in the business couldn’t figure out how to make it for years!
Ford was approached during this period by a second group of investors and was offered a billion dollars for his company, but he knew that investors wouldn’t do what he had done to ensure the company’s future prosperity so he declined their offer.
His successes in the carmaking world allowed Henry the luxury of diversifying, and he subsequently became a publisher, a railroad owner, the benefactor of a newly built hospital and even an airplanr manufacturer!
So, one simple dream: to make cars the avrage American can afford, has tasken the industrial world by storm, created literally billions of jobs and who knows how many trillions in income from the humble floor sweeper to top level executives not to mention the army of salesmen and women, made many, many millionaires, pushed technology to and through it’s limits to new heights that were never dreamed of before, in fact changed every single facet of our world.
Ford’s first stumbling block would have been raising the seed capital to get the ball rolling. Can you even imagine what our world be like today if he’d thought for a single minute that he couldn’t do it? Or if he’d given up after meeting a couple of banks?
The dreamers of this world create income and employment, they create opportunity fo others and they lead by example, showing us it can be done. We don’t need to know how, as Ford demonstrated with the flathead V8, as persistence will show us the way, we only need reminding from time to time only that it can be done. Do it: Dream Big, you never know what kind of magic it will bring into your life. One thing is for sure, ignoring your dreams could be the biggest mistake you ever make. have the courage to follow them through and the stamina to never, ever give up.
About Allan Dodds