We all start out essentially the same way, entering this world naked and helpless.
For many, their exit is unknown for a lifetime; others get an indication, or have it handed to them.
It’s the in-between that is what really counts.
There was a man born in the 19th Century by the name of William Durant. The year was 1861 and the season was winter in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ambition was an innate trait born with the boy who became known as Billy Durant.
Early in life, he left high school to work in his grandfather’s lumberyard in Michigan.
Working in the lumberyard educated the young Durant about different types of wood.
It wasn’t long before Billy had formed a partnership with another man to manufacture carriages.
At the age of 28, the company that he helped found became the largest carriage maker in the United States. The Durant-Dort Carriage Company was making roughly 50 thousand carriages per year.
Taking a job with the Buick Company in 1904, it was only a few short years later that Billy Durant couldn’t resist the urge to start something that he could call his own.
The original name was going to be International Motor Car Company, but he was persuaded to change it to General Motors.
Billy Durant seriously became Mr. Durant when his initial two thousand dollar capitalization of General Motors skyrocketed when the company issued shares of stock and raised 12 million dollars.
Keep in mind, this is 1908.
The money was used to acquire other car companies and form a behemoth of the auto industry and become the largest automaker in the world.
General Motors is now in a neck-and-neck race with Japan’s Toyota for the top spot.
Lots of deals followed and it was about a two year run before Mr. Durant lost control of General Motors company to the bankers.
That was in 1910 and that wasn’t the end.
William Durant teamed up with Louis Chevrolet to form Chevrolet Motor Company.
It wasn’t long before, General Motors came back into the picture and William Durant was once again a part of General Motors.
Durant was restless and driven and this lead to his resigning from his position in 1920.
You can tell that young Billy’s spirit was driving him to more adventure and bigger ventures.
In 1921, he formed Durant Motors, where, for about ten years, he manufactured automobiles that bore his name.
The Great Depression, an oxymoron, if ever I have heard of one, took Durant down a rough road. In 1933 it was a page of history and other matters that resulted in William Durant leaving the auto industry once and for all.
His entrepreneurial spirit was still strong in 1933 and at the age of 72, he ventured into the bowling alley business.
This was not a mad man, a bitter man, or a broken man, it was a man driven by passion and ideas.
There are reports that late in his life, William Durant was reduced to surviving on handouts, but that probably didn’t matter to the spirit of young Billy.
He followed his passion and wasn’t afraid to take a gamble on a new and unproven industry.
Durant was instrumental in creating a worldwide company worth billions of dollars that still bares the name that he gave it 100 years ago.
Durant had vision and obviously kept tabs on what the public wanted. He didn’t use money as an excuse; he used it as a tool to build an empire.
William Durant’s journey has many bumps in it and probably as many, if not more, thrills.
It’s also amazing to see this man keep coming back for more, even in what many would term his twilight years.
Medicine today is much different today than it was back then and to live into your 70s was quite an accomplishment.
Think about it, penicillin, the first antibiotic, wasn’t created until 1928.
Mr. William Durant passed away in 1947 at the age of 85, which was the same year, that Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford died.
It’s the ride. It’s that time between birth and death that we have to wake up with a passion, purpose, and a wonderment to make the most out of everyday.
What is it that gets you excited?
What do you really want to do with your life?
Why aren’t you doing what you love?
When are you going to start?
Yes, there’s a risk that you may live your final days receiving handouts, but there’s also the possibility that your dream will deliver more riches than you could possibly imagine.
The more times you use the excuse of waiting to start tomorrow, or waiting until you have the money, are just days that you might as well consider wasted.
I was taught a long time ago that you can sell your time, but you can’t buy it back.
You can take control of your days or the days will run you ragged.
Life is exciting if you invite your personal passion to take control. You won’t believe how much energy is attached to passion.
It’s time to get started on building your own personal empire, no matter what your age, where you are, or how many excuses you think you have. Get started now.
And one more thing; if you think your life will never come to living on a handout, ask yourself this question: What do you think Social Security is?
What would you do if Social Security wasn’t going to be there when it’s time for you to collect?
Plan as if it isn’t going to be and that may be all it takes to get your subconscious and your brain to work together to get you in entrepreneurial-achievement gear.
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