What Henry Ford and Jay-Z have in common

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Henry Ford revolutionized transportation in America because he believed he could.
Founder of the Ford Motor Co., Ford brought a tremendous amount of innovation to automobile manufacturing. His Model T changed the course of American history by giving the masses access to an automobile at an affordable price.
However, Ford’s success and the impact that he had on the world was no accident. Ford believed that his attitude was a critical component to his transforming an industry. His philosophy was summed up in his famous quote, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
What Ford understood was the importance that one’s mindset can have on their lives. In fact, there is an entire industry based on this notion.
According to Forbes, Americans spend $11 billion on various “self-improvement” products every year. People who buy these “self-help” products are looking for someone to tell them essentially what Henry Ford already told them: they have the power to change their lives.
Ford was a billionaire businessman, which could make it a bit difficult for people to relate to him and actually listen to his advice. However, there are many examples of people understanding the importance of one’s mindset as it relates to money in different aspects of life.
A good example can be found in the hip-hop community. Media mogul and famed rapper Jay-Z understands the importance of his attitude toward achieving his goals. Today, the rap icon is worth more than $450 million, but what is most interesting about his wealth is that he maintains his commitment to his ability to control his attitude and how that impacts his life.
In his most recent album “Watch the Throne,” Jay-Z addresses his success and the positive momentum that he has built throughout his career. In a song titled “Who Gon Stop Me,” he literally asks the rhetorical and valid question of who could possibly stop him. He actually answers the question in the line, “Only thing that can stop me is me.”
When it comes to having a good mindset for your own finances, different things click for different people. Ford’s wisdom can work for some, the teachings of “The Secret” can work for others and Jay-Z’s brilliant lyrics might be the answer to your problems.
Just as Ford said, you can choose to think you can make good money and live a good life because you deserve it. And just as Jay-Z said, who gon’ stop you?