Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes Deluded By Napoleon Hill?

After finishing Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, I couldn’t help but think back to a story in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

Here it is:

A few years back, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor. He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine.

The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder gas engine block in one piece.

Ford said, “Produce it anyway.”

“But,” they replied, “it’s impossible!”

“Go ahead,” Ford commanded, “and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required.”

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!

Who knows if that story is even true? And yet that’s exactly how Holmes operated with Theranos.

I’ve concluded for myself that Napoleon Hill himself was a fraud. It wouldn’t be the first time someone’s life was derailed because of his book.

Previously at Mike Cane’s xBlog:

Napoleon Hill category

Previously here:

Fraudruary
Never, Ever Fake It
Deconstructing Napoleon Hill
Human Variables category

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