Henry Ford was one of the great visionaries and innovators of his time. His drive to succeed and child like passion drove Ford Motor Company and the entire automotive industry into a new era. His Furious enthusiasm took hand-built vehicles on to the assembly line and can be credited for bringing the car into the hands of common citizen. Why was he so successful?

His enthusiasm!

He considered his enthusiasm so useful that he was known for always preaching its virtues. He was quoted as saying: “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in you gait, the grip in your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”

Powerful words from a prolific man! Mr. Ford truly believed that enthusiasm is essential to achieving your goals and executing your plans.

Let’s look at another individual: Apple Computers is one of the leading technology companies in the world. Their continual success and innovation were largely contributed by Steve Jobs. The ‘Think Different’ strategy was huge in helping them stand out in a very competitive market.

When Steve Jobs was ask why are you so successful at Apple his reply was quite astounding. He didn’t preach their work ethic or even their intelligence. When he was asked why they were so successful he merely stated “Because we are Enthusiastic about what we do!”

That’s right, the father of the iPod, iPhone, and iMac attributed their company’s wild success to their enthusiasm. He believed that because they were passionate about what they were doing and because they pursued their goals with such vigor, they became one of the most successful technology companies in the world.

John Rockefeller had similar feelings about enthusiasm. His success could be because of his ruthless business practices, his strict work schedule, or even his intellect. However, this was not what he valued in the people he wanted working for him.

He was quoted as saying “I would rather hire a man that has enthusiasm than a man that knows everything.”

What he was saying is that knowledge is great but it can be obtained; skills are very valuable but can be taught; however, a person with enthusiasm is much more likely to succeed.

Enthusiasm is the most valuable tool that you can carry with you in life. Maintain your passion and energy and you can learn the rest.