Most widely-used vehicle in human history
The Model T., brought out in 1908, had sales of:
- $10,607 the first year
- In four years, sales jumped to $168,304
- and in four more, to $730,041
In 1919, Ford bought out the minority stockholders for nearly $106 million. They had invested $33,100.
During Model T’s lifetime (1908–1927) production added up to 15,458,781 cars – more than the total for all other cars for those years. It has been called the “most widely-used vehicle in human history.”
When the will of Henry J. Heinz – wealthy distributor of the famous “57 Varieties” line – was read, it was found to contain the following confession:
“Looking forward to the time when my earthly career will end, I desire to set forth at the very beginning of this will, as the most important item in it, a confession of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I also desire to bear witness to the fact that throughout my life, in which there were unusual joys and sorrows, I have been wonderfully sustained by my faith in God through Jesus Christ. This legacy was left me by my consecrated mother, a woman of strong faith, and to it I attribute any success I have attained.”
Success is living what God intended for you to be.
I strongly believe that God gives humankind the capacity to create wealth, but God is not the determining factor of how much of it you are to have. The individual is completely responsible for living his or her own dream. God provides the dream; when lived, the dream provides the means.
Both of these men made extraordinary achievements and were able to help thousands through their philanthropic giving. If you want to be a blessing to others, live the dream God gave you; and you will have treasures beyond riches.