American industrialist Henry Ford Henry Ford may have come up with the assembly line for mass production in automobile manufacturing but when it came to entrepreneurism and the human spirit he was a rugged individualist. Ford developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, he transformed the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th Century.
His wisdom for entrepreneurs is profoundly simple:
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
American painter Georgia Totto O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. The Mother of American Modernism has braved dramatic artistic paths with a personal insight into courage that everyone can be inspired by:
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”
Legendary late night talk show host and comedian John William “Johnny” Carson received six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award and a prestigious Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received a Kennedy Center Honor. Johnny Carson continued to be an entertainment icon well into his retirement.
Carnac the Magnificent was a recurring comedic role played by Johnny Carson and it became one of his most well-known characters. The “mystic from the East” would “divine” unknown answers to questions posed by announcer and sidekick Ed McMahon. Somewhere in one of Carnac the Magnificent’s unopened envelopes is the answer to true reinvention happiness in Johnny’s own words:
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that…you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
"You've had such a varied and impressive career. It's awesome to read about your adventures and reinventions and how you're now helping others do the same," branding expert Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You, Stand Out and Entrepreneurial You