The Character of Henry Ford
Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, and grew up on his family's prosperous farm in Springwells Township. He was an American automobile engineers and entrepreneurs, founded ford motor company. He was also the first man to organize the work of the assembly-line and in an efficient way. His mode of production make cars a kind of public products, it not only revolution the way of industrial production, but also have a significant impact to the social and culture. Henry ford was a strong-minded person. When Henry was a child, he was always interested in machines. He was always experimenting with them. He enjoyed fixing clocks. And he helped repair farm equipment. The year Ford’s mother died, Henry Ford first realized he had the instincts of an engineer. Hating the drudgery of farming, he devoted more and more time to mechanical subjects and finally resolved to become a machinist apprentice in Detroit. Although his father regretted Henry's wish to leave what to William was the ideal way of life, he did not oppose his son's decision. At the age of 16 Henry Ford left his father's farm and traveled to Detroit where he could learn what he needed to know about mechanics in order to fulfill his dreams Later, when he formed the Ford Motor Company, he owned only one-sixth of the company stock valued at $100,000 at first. He didn’t care about the stock. However, later, he just wanted to make a low-priced car for the general public but his idea was against by other stockholder. Henry bought the stock of the investors who wanted to make costly cars. He was then free to make the low-cost car he believed in. When he thought he was correct, he was willing to invest his efforts and his money. He just wanted others to agree with him. He bought the stock of those who disagreed with him. Henry ford was stubborn sometimes. One of the company's investors was sure the future of the automobile industry was in this costly car. Henry Ford did not agree. He was sure the future of the automobile industry was in a low-priced car for the general public. He said then, and many times after, "I want to make a car that anybody can buy. " These conflicting beliefs led to a battle for control of the company. In the end, Henry bought the stock of the investors who wanted to make costly cars. He was then free to make the low-cost car he believed in. The story shows the way Henry's mind worked. When he thought he was correct, he was willing to invest his efforts and his money. Earlier, he had walked away from the business of making cars when he could not control the business. Now he had the money to buy the stock of those who disagreed with him. Everyone at Ford agreed that the "Model T" must go. Henry Ford disagreed. And it was his decision that mattered. Finally, in nineteen twenty-six, even Henry admitted that the age of the "Model T" was over. A new Ford was needed. A year later, the "Model T" was gone. The Ford Motor Company did not agree to negotiate with the union until nineteen forty-one. Henry Ford accepted an agreement. If he had not, his company would have lost millions of dollars in government business.
Henry was a man who value honor very much. When Ford Motor Company was founded, Henry spent most of his time on the design of a giant 4-cylinder racing car. Although Murphy had financed the 2-cylinder racer, he did not want Ford working on a larger car. So Henry Ford left the company, but he request that the company should use his name still. Henry think money is just a method. Henry Ford had said that”Money is like an arm or leg - use it or lose it”. Henry Ford was the first man to organize the work of the assembly-line and in an efficient way. More and more Model Ts rolled off the production line. Henry was worried. He was making too much money. He actually said, "My profits are awful." He cut the price of his cars, but they sold in greater numbers than ever, and profits rose...
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