Never Write Off Something As Worthless

There is a wonderful story about Henry Ford, the world famous car manufacturer, most noted for his mass produced Model T Ford.

He was out walking with his grandson one day when the boy picked up a coin from the path, looked at it and then threw it down again, remarking that it was not worth very much.

“Wait a minute,” said Ford, and he took a dollar bill from his wallet. “This dollar bill may seem of more value, but in some circumstances the coin is of much more worth. For instance, I can use the coin to prise open a bottle cap, I can use it to turn a screw if I am without a screwdriver, or I can place it underneath a table leg to level the table.”

The boy learned an important lesson that day – never to write off something as worthless.

It can apply to so many things: the smile and greeting that can develop into a lasting friendship; the decision to take up a new hobby than can lead to all sorts of possibilities; the impulse to step out in an entirely new direction.

All things which at the time may seem quite unimportant, but which are later found to have had an important influence on our lives.


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