My Life and Work

Henry FORD (1863 - 1947)

Henry Ford profiles the events that shaped his personal philosophy, and the challenges he overcame on the road to founding the Ford Motor Company. Throughout his memoir, he stresses the importance of tangible service and physical production over relative value as judged by profits and money. He measures the worth of a business or government by the service it provides to all, not the profits in dollars it accumulates. He also makes the point that only service can provide for human needs, as opposed to laws or rules which can only prohibit specific actions and do not provide for the necessaries of life. Ford applies his reasoning to the lending system, transportation industry, international trade and interactions between labor and management. For each, he proposes solutions that maximize service and provide goods at the lowest cost and highest quality. He analyzes from a purely material viewpoint, going as far as to argue that the need for a good feeling in work environments may reflect a character flaw or weakness. However, his unflinching focus on the ultimate material products and necessities of life provide clever insights in how he created an efficient and flexible system for providing reliable transportation for the average person. (Summary by LivelyHive)

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction—What Is The Idea? LivelyHive
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Play 01 The Beginning LivelyHive
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Play 02 What I Learned About Business LivelyHive
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Play 03 Starting The Real Business LivelyHive
00:43:10
Play 04 The Secret Of Manufacturing And Serving LivelyHive
00:33:57
Play 05 Getting Into Production LivelyHive
00:33:07
Play 06 Machines And Men LivelyHive
00:30:28
Play 07 The Terror Of The Machine LivelyHive
00:33:01
Play 08 Wages LivelyHive
00:37:23
Play 09 Why Not Always Have Good Business? LivelyHive
00:25:02
Play 10 How Cheaply Can Things Be Made? LivelyHive
00:40:18
Play 11 Money And Goods LivelyHive
00:33:00
Play 12 Money—Master Or Servant? LivelyHive
00:36:13
Play 13 Why Be Poor? LivelyHive
00:27:44
Play 14 The Tractor And Power Farming LivelyHive
00:28:51
Play 15 Why Charity? LivelyHive
00:38:58
Play 16 The Railroads LivelyHive
00:29:11
Play 17 Things In General LivelyHive
00:46:02
Play 18 Democracy And Industry LivelyHive
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Play 19 What We May Expect LivelyHive
00:35:03