I’m a huge Ford Fan, but I gotta throw this out there… Every since its concept debut, I have loved the new Chevrolet Camaro. I know some of you will be thinking that this Ford guy has finally joined the Chevy team. For me, I hate people knocking Fords and I’ll stand up to it, but not because I’m so single-minded that I believe Ford is the only “true” team, but because I’ve played the field. Of course, I’ve got to relate this somehow to life or business decisions and this is where I’m headed…
You’ll often find people more than willing to give you their opinion as fact regarding a particular topic or idea – or they’ll be the first to let you know you’re making a horrible business decision, despite the fact that they have NO experience whatsoever on the topic. A good friend once told me to only take business advice from someone that drives a better car than mine. The point is, don’t take seriously anyone’s ‘free’ advice on a topic you know they have no real experience in. Ninety percent of the time, it is something they read or heard and in turn, believed without testing it themselves. Don’t get me wrong, if someone were to tell me that now would be a bad time to sell my house, I would agree even if they drove a 1979 Chevette (no offense) – its probably all they have left after trying to sell their home in this market. If you’re smart and think completely through your life and business decisions, you’ll find that you’ll need to filter out many of the opinions you get from everyone around you. Do that and you’ll be able to take the good, and turn your ideas into something bigger and better than before.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
Don’t take someone else’s word for it. Think it through for yourself. Maybe next time you’ll look at a Ford for what it really is – a company that has grown internationally, endured 100+ years in operation, and literally changed life as we know it because one man decided to “improve upon an idea”. How cool is that?!
General Motors is nothing to shrug off either. We can all only dream to have companies as successful, and have products or services as sought after and respected.