Mindset Mastery 39 – Achieving The Impossible

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenSo, then, just how did Henry Ford achieve what every brilliant engineering mind in his organization insisted was impossible? How did that “uneducated”, brilliant mind succeed where his engineers only failed?

“The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question; “impossible!”

At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders.

“Go right ahead,” said Ford, “I want it, and I’ll have it.”

They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.

The Ford determination had won once more!”

That’s It, Determination

That’s it. Nothing mysterious, just sheer determination. Henry Ford refused to accept the impossibility of things. He refused to let other less determined people tell him that what he believed in could not be done. And so we know that determination is one of the absolute keys to successful wealth creation.

I will see you back here every Monday and Thursday for the continuation of the Mindset Mastery series.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. That is why 95% of the population will never experience the level of success that people with inspiration, determination & a never accept impossible attitude do. Correct me if I am wrong, wasn’t it Henry Ford that tore impossible out of the dictionary?

    Allen Sentance

  2. A good analogy is to imagine our sub-conscious as the staff at Ford and imagine Henry Ford as our conscious mind. We need for our conscious to tell our sub-conscious that there is no such thing as impossible and eventually our sub-conscious will learn to believe it.
    Even now, on my journey to wealth I have to fight that old habit of my mind telling me that I cannot succeed. It is something that we all need to constantly work on. If only, as children, we were programmed to believe that nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing then I think more people would have higher self-esteems and the ability to succeed.
    Sean, I am interested to know what you use, aside from affirmations, to keep yourself motivated and in the right mindset.
    Have an amazing day!
    Regards, Eileen.

  3. I possibly march to a different drummer I would prefer to go a gentler road and replace nothing is impossible with life is full of endless possibilities this allows me more flexibility to change and flow with life :o)

  4. I like it Robyn!

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,
    I love that Henry Ford refused to allow his engineers to think that it was impossible. He gave them no choice but to find him a solution. He was determined to find a way and confident that the engineers would find one.
    It’s like the old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Henry Ford had the will so the engineers had no choice but to find a way. It’s all about being focused on the solution and not taking no for an answer, even from yourself.

  6. Determination is paramount.

    I can hear a lot of people saying “But I don’t have the time / money / resources to search for the solution for years”. That to me means that the solution is not that important to you after all.

    If you really want to achieve it, you will find a way, and you will not care how long this way is.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

    • You are right Renee I was one of those who always found an excuse for not doing something I was always afraid of failure.
      Because I started looking for a way to change my life I discovered that I only had to take that first step and my journey of discovery to see change had began.
      The changes in attitude have been amazing

    • Hi Renee,

      You make an excellent point. While ever you’re still making excuses about why something can’t be done, you’re not serious about making it happen. We hold ourselves back.

      I think we hold onto our excuses because deep down somewhere inside; we’re still not sure we can achieve the impossible. It would be a lot easier if we just got on with it.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  7. I used to tell people that the best way to make sure I did something, was to tell me I couldn’t. Then I had to look closer, and learn to make my own choices, as one of the side-effects of that notion was negating a support structure. Breaking through the paradigm ( or ‘matrix’, as it were) of un-noticed ceilings and walls is still an interesting process.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  8. I have done similar things with my staff. Sometimes I would hear “It can’t be done” and I would send them away with the task of doing it anyway. It always worked.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  9. Hi Sean

    It is said that necessity is the mother of all invention and this really is revealed in your post today.

    If those men had not found a solution, their jobs would have been on the line. They came to an impasse with Mr Ford and he was not going to back down. It shows that he himself was a man who never said never. (I think James Bond was the other one lol)

    I like to hear stories like these because it proves that the human imagination is not limited at any time, just our concepts about how things are or are not, that is until we push the boundaries.

    Never say never folks because too many never’s will shut your creativity and spontaneity down forever


  10. Elizabeth says:

    Sheer determination along with absolute belief is the ticket to success and wealth. A refusal to take no for an answer and removing the word “impossible” from the vocabulary is an important step in creating the right attitude.

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