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INSPIRATIONAL: Follow Your Bliss...
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Follow Your Bliss...
By Fanny Bates

BT 201807 Inspiration 91      过去老人常说“枪打出头鸟”,并时常劝导孩子们要遵循老理,不要逾矩妄为。但纵观历史长河,若非那一位位有着“异想天开”过人思维及用于突破自我遵从内心召唤的人,我们的世界恐怕不会是现在大家看到的样子。“第一个吃螃蟹的人”其实都会受到后人的尊重,在人类交通方式上做出重大贡献的人们更是如此。

      亨利•福特作为世界上知名的早期汽车工程师与福特汽车公司的建立者,对汽车的发展做出了重大贡献。他曾经梦想着去制造一辆靠本身的动力运行并能载人的新机器,他把这种机器叫作“不用马的马车”。他这种爱“幻想”的性格在小时候就初露端倪。亨利•福特于1863年出生于美国密歇根州韦恩郡的史普林威尔镇他父母的一座农庄里,为家中长子。他从小就对机械以及各种东西的工作原理很感兴趣。亨利小时候爸爸给了他一块怀表,他一不做二不休就把怀表拆开来,后来成为了附近闻名的小小修表匠。

      后来的故事大家相对更为熟悉:福特先是在爱迪生照明公司担任工程师,他1893年晋升为主工程师后,有足够的时间和钱财来进行个人对内燃机的研究。1896年他制造了他的第一辆汽车,并命名为“四轮车”。 离开爱迪生照明公司后,他和朋友们一起先后成立了底特律汽车公司及后来更名为凯迪拉克的汽车公司。最终他于1903年建立了福特汽车公司并良好运营至今。他是世界上第一位使用流水线大批量生产汽车的人,其生产方式使汽车成为一种大众产品,这不但革命了工业生产方式,而且对现代社会和文化起了巨大的影响,运输界发生了永久性的变化。

      福特不仅是伟大的发明家企业家,还是一位慈善家。亨利•福特与他的儿子埃兹尔一起于1936年在密歇根州创立了美国福特基金会。一开始它是一个地区性的福利机构,其目的是广泛地促进人类福利。该基金会发展极快,到1950年它已经成为一个国家性和国际性组织。

      每个人在这个世界上都是独一无二的存在,今天的不可能在明天或许就可以通过你的双手和努力化为现实。珍惜自己的天赋和才能,福特的事迹正是对我们最好的启发。

BT 201807 Inspiration 02Henry Ford was the founder of Ford Motor Company. He was born in Michigan in the United States in the year 1863, July 30th and passed away on April 7th, 1947 at the age of 83. He was born on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. His father belonged to England and his mother was born in Michigan as the youngest child of Belgian immigrants and she was adopted by their neighbors when her parents died.
 

During his teens years Henry Ford’s father gave him a pocket watch which he dismantled and re-assembled, and he did the same with timepieces of friends and his neighbors a lot of times. He then gained the reputation of a watch repairman and this really explained his interest in the industrial field.
 

At any time in life we only see a very small part of the whole world. We see only our garden, the book in front of us, maybe more often the screen in front of us, the person that does something we don't like. And this is such an extremely small, minuscule part of the world.
 

From the story and life of Henry Ford we realize that we can choose what to look at, at any time or even choose how to look at it. If we become aware of this power to choose, our life may become a bit different. You have the ability to choose to observe it or not, or be involved in it or not. Henry Ford chose to experience things to do with automotive. If he did not choose to be involved in that kind of life we would not have the great cars from Ford Company.
 

In life if you don't like it, you have the capability to choose or focus on something else. This sounds easy but unfortunately it is not! It requires some exercise. Our minds are actually under control. If our minds refuse to let go of negative thoughts, we have the chance to think about something else and the mind has to release its pain too. In life we tend to continuously ask ourselves questions like, why is the world so awful. How can life not be so fair? We all agree we always feel helpless. In Ford's life after his Automotive Company grew bigger and became successful, he employed many people and paid his workers better than any other company until his competitor's employees started leaving to join his company. He also tried hard to make his cars affordable to the middle class people, including farmers.

BT 201807 Inspiration 03Ford with Thomas Edison

From that we learn how Ford made a small difference for people in the world. Any time we make differences for other people, we usually end up doing something worthy. What if you try every day to make small difference for one person, how many persons will we affect in a year? Imagine living in a world where more people would stop asking, what is wrong or why? And they start asking questions like what gift can I give to the world today, tomorrow and then again?
 

Henry Ford was a peace ambassador despite President Wilson Woodrow trying to woo him to politics. He promoted peace. Love, kindness and goodness are the right responses of good persons. Evil and harmful behavior is the result of ignorance, the result of weakness. When a weak and ignorant person displays some evil or harmful behavior in front of you, do you want to show off that you are equally weak and ignorant and that you can stoop to their level of behavior? Let us answer hatred with love, evil with goodness and harm with kindness. To answer harm with harm is like supporting an endless chain of violence. What we learn from Henry Ford is answering hatred, evil and harm with love, goodness and kindness by keeping our own values high!
 

The bottom line of this life is that don't wake up with regret of what you couldn't accomplish yesterday. Wake up while thinking about what you will be able to achieve today.
 

This story is to remind you that you are beautiful, talented and one of a kind. No one can stop you from doing anything that is on your mind. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition, and sometimes the struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Life is constantly about overcoming challenges, it is only through tough times that we become more resilient.

Henry Ford died of cerebral hemorrhage on April 7th, 1947, at the age of 83, near his birthplace.

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