July 30th is Mr. Henry Ford’s birthday. He was born in 1863. He was one of the great entrepreneurs America has produced. He was leader of automobile industry and a great inventor. His dream of gasoline engine was realized into industrial revolution and a company that is employing thousands globally and improving millions of lives for over hundred years.
“To create a new business that makes money, and more significantly, employs others, and more significantly, gives a product to a customer that improves their life, is our greatest challenge, our greatest opportunity, and the greatest gift, far greater than any charity that we can give our fellow person.” – Paul Zane Pilzer
What a powerful statement it is! Entrepreneurship is the backbone of social and industrial development. There are thousands of entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin, Howard Schultz, Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos and Jeff Gitomer who continue to work hard to fulfil the dream of others while they achieve their own personal goals.
Time to thank all the global entrepreneurs who dedicated their lives for the growth of their organizations which in turn support the communities and nations; and are innovating to get the economy out of recession.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was a great leader, lived his life for others and his words of wisdom have given direction to many. Doesn’t matter what we do or where we stand in life, these 7 mistakes, if committed will result in ruined life or career. These 7 mistakes are called 7 blunders of the world.
Here is a short quote from the address of President Obama on 4th July, 2009.
“We are not a people who fear the future. We are a people who make it. And on this July 4th, we need to summon that spirit once more. We need to summon the same spirit that inhabited Independence Hall two hundred and thirty-three years ago today.
That is how this generation of Americans will make its mark on history. That is how we will make the most of this extraordinary moment. And that is how we will write the next chapter in the great American story. Thank you, and Happy Fourth of July.”
Wishing all my Canadian friends a happy Canada day! July 1st is Canada’s birth date and it was originally known as Dominion Day. Later in 1982, it was changed to Canada day. Its 142nd birthday of Canada. Here is the small list of Canadian Inventions (source – www,publicboard.ca booklet)
5 Pin Bowling – 1909 – T.E. Ryan
Basketball – 1891 – James Naismith
Chocolate Bar – 1910 – Arthur Ganong
Electric Light Bult – 1874 – Henry Woodward (later sold patent to Thomas Edison)
Who does not know Steve Jobs? His vision and life has made a huge impact on our generation. I came across this post. He shares his life lessons with students at Stanford in 2005. No doubt he is wonderful person around and I wish him good health.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Everywhere we turn our focus to, we hear something negative and how leadership should come forward. Leadership at every level is already faced with some difficult choices. It is of paramount importance that when leaders make decisions to change the course, decisions should not have been plagued by personal ego and due to insecurity.
As John C Maxwell says that Ego and Insecurity are the two greatest landmines of leadership; think about any world leader and if he stepped on these landmines or not. Do you want to? After a long time when we reflect on the decisions we make today should be matter of proud.
As a leader, we get a chance to serve our people, I mean serve genuinely. In these times how we act will shape our organizations and societies. Lets take the right actions while we overcome the short-term issues, we keep long term objectives in our minds.