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  Out of the question is possible


  When Henry ford decided to produce his famous v-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design in one for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.


  Ford said, “Produce it anyway.”


  “But,” they replied, “It’s impossible!”


  “Go ahead.” Ford commanded, “And stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time is required.”

  “动手做。”福特一声令下, “不论花多少时间,做到交差为止!”

  The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the ford staff. Six months passed and nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question:“impossible!”


  At the end of the year ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders.


  “go right head,” said ford, “I want it, and I’ll have it.”


  They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.


  The ford determination had won once more!


  This story may not be described with minute accuracy, but the sum and substance of it is correct. Deduce from it, you who wish to think and grow rich, the secret of the ford millions, if you can. You’ll not have to look very far.


  Henry ford was successful, because he understood and applied the principles of success. One of these is desire: knowing what one wants. Remember this Ford story as you read, and pick out the lines in which the secret of his stupendous achievement have been described. If you can do this, if you can lay your finger on the particular group of principles which made Henry ford rich, you can equal his achievements in almost any calling for which you are suited.



  Spare No Efforts in Doing Things


  Concentration and perseverance built the great pyramids on Egypt's plains.


  The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of several trades cannot support himself.


  Now I know that in order to grow and flourish I must spare no efforts in doing things and keep a little in advance of the times. Those who reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what are required of them. They do more. They go the extra mile. And another.


  I will spare no efforts in doing things.


  Now I know that I cannot pursue a worthy goal steadily and persistently with all the powers of my mind and yet fail. If I focus the rays of sun with a burning glass, even in the coldest days of winter, I can kindle a fire with ease.


  I will spare no efforts in doing things.


  The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything.


  Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind. I will leave my trace. The world will know I have been here.


  I will spare no efforts in doing things.



  How to send a message to Garcia


  When war broke out between Spain and the United States it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba- no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The president must secure his cooperation, and quickly.

  美西战争爆发时,美国总统必须立即与古巴的起义军首领加西亚取得联系。加西亚在古巴广阔的山脉里- 没有人确切地知道他在哪里,也没有任何邮件或电报能够送到他手上。而美国总统麦金莱又必须尽快的得到他的合作。

  What to do!


  Some one said to the president, “there’s a fellow by the name of rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”


  Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia-are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; rowan took the letter and did not ask: “where is he at?”


  There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing- “carry a message to Garcia!”


  General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man-the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.


  Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook or threat he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, god in his goodness performs s miracle, and sends him an angel of light for an assistant.


  You put this matter to a test:


  You are sitting now in your office- six clerks are all within call. Summon any one and make this request: “please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio.” Will the clerk quietly say, “yes, sir,” and go do the task?


  On your life, he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye and ask one or more of the following questions:


  Who was he? Which encyclopedia? Where is the encyclopedia? Was I hired for that? What’s the matter with George doing it? Is he dead? Is there any hurry? Shan’t I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself? What do you want to know for?


  And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him try to find Garcia- and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of course I may lose the bet, but according to the law of average, I will not.


  This incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift – these are the things that put pure socialism so far into the future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all?

  这种自主行动的无能,这种道德上 的愚行,这种意志上的脆弱和惰性,就是未来社会被带到崩溃境地的根源。如果人们不能为了自己而自主行动,人们又怎么可能心甘情愿地为他人服务呢?

  My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the mission, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off” nor has to go on a strike for higher wages.


  Anything such a man asks shall be granted. He is wanted in every city, town and village and in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such: he is needed and needed badly- the man who can “carry a message to Garcia”.



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