San Diego Comic-Con and the Lesson of Henry Ford

Hi All,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been slammed with putting the finishing touches on the set up of the first book in the Jupiter Chronicles series titled, The Secret of the Great Red Spot which can be pre-ordered here.

I’ve also just started on the framework for the sequel titled, The Ice Orphan of Ganymede and setting up the art contest which we can share with you when it’s ready but just to give you a glimpse, we’ll be asking for artwork from kiddos grades 1-5 for inclusion in the 2nd book. Stay tuned for details!

Finally, I’ve written a guest post for Science Fiction and Other ODDities which you can see here.

The Lesson of Henry Ford

I’m not quite sure why this happens but every year around the time that San Diego Comic-Con comes around I get sorely depressed.  I used to love watching it live on G-4 but it’s become increasingly difficult.  Oh, please don’t get me wrong. It’s not because I disagree with anything about the Con. It’s way worse than that.

I’m simply upset that I can’t go. I’ll be glad to admit that feeling this way is probably a bit childish on my part and I don’t mind being transparent about it because there’s always a lesson to be learned in our hardships.

Let me also state Comic-Con 2012 - What's Newthat I am not jealous of the success of others. That would be flat out lazy of me which I am not. I simply get upset because I wish that I was further along in my writing career that I could easily afford to go. Cons are a blast. I thoroughly enjoy Geek Media Expo which is here in town (and yes, I will be there) but it’s always been my dream to be an exhibitor at San Diego Comic-Con and although I shouldn’t feel this way (and it’s flat out wrong for me to feel this way) there is a part of me that feels like I haven’t worked hard enough or that I have failed. It may be human of me to feel this way but it doesn’t mean that I have to accept it.

That’s where Henry Ford comes in.

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded. I can’t imagine losing everything once let alone five times. I can’t imagine the doubts and questions he may have struggled with. Questions like, Am I doing the right thing? What benefit will this bring anybody? What is this doing to my family?

Questions like these haunt anyone who is trying to start a business, write a book or even start a blog. Sometimes it even goes beyond that and the desire to quit starts to rear its ugly head. When that happens, (at least for me) the fear of giving up scares me even more and then the words of Henry Ford (thankfully) slap me in the face.

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford

Well, today is a new day and I’m choosing to begin again. I’ll choose to be happy where I am today. I have a loving wife and a beautiful daughter. But in the midst of that I’m choosing to take each day as one small step until the dream is realized.

And then I’ll have some chocolate cake.

Chat soon,

Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Please visit http://leonardoverse.com and sign up for the blog.

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  • Very well said!

  • ” I can’t imagine losing everything once let alone five times.”
    It’s not as bad as you might think. I’ve started over three times, moving across the country, leaving behind things that we worked hard to get.
    Building a life worth living is more about the sweat equity you put into developing yourself, rather than the creature comforts that fill the pyramid of needs.
    I have me, my wife, my writing (in notebooks and floating in the cloud), and my scriptures. How much more does one man really need?
    We are all given stewardships to help us prove our worth – with talents, jobs, family to care for, property, etc. Remember the parable of the talents. When we use our “investment” (or stewardship) wisely, it increases. When we bury our talents, we lose what once was ours.
    So back to Henry Ford. He had an idea. He knew it would work. He wasn’t the first to invent a four-wheeled perambulator. But he was the one who made it cheaper by introducing assembly line construction out of standardized parts.
    Creativity comes in all flavors. Every person is born with a desire to make something, to organize things just a little bit different. The process of creativity is organization – seeing how things fit together in a different way. No one sees the world quite like you do.
    Are you doing the right thing? It’s a question that I ask myself frequently. The answer comes with introspection. Am I doing anything consciously wrong or destructive in my life? Am I earnestly trying to do good? Am I busy with things that I feel are good and wholesome?
    If the answers to these questions are answered honestly, and you are moving forward, doing good, then you can trust that you are doing the right thing.
    The thing about words, especially in books, is that they will still be around long after you have gone on to your reward. How did we get so lucky to be writers? In all of human history, we were born in a time when writing and publishing is available to anyone in our society who has a dream and the discipline to write it down.
    How lucky (or rather, how blessed) we are.