John Milner had the ultimate car. The ‘32 Ford Coupe was and still is considered a very influential car in the world of those who build Hot Rods. In my years of painting cars, I remember the paint color “Hot Rod Yellow” and this is the car I think of every time I hear that color name.
I was reading today about the cars used in this movie and how, after the movie had been filmed, they advertised them for sale in a newspaper in California. It’s hard to believe but even at prices of less than a $1000, they found buyers for only one car. This car was not one most people were interested in.
The value in many of today’s successful businesses was not that great when the first started. They were like the movie, American Graffiti. It was an idea at one time; it was filmed; it went to the theaters just like all the movies we see today. It did not become a legend over night.
Most people build great ideas for business and give up on them far too early. Just the other day I was reading about the story of the Ronald Wayne, who sold his 10% stake in Apple in 1976 for $800. Now his stake would be worth over $58 billion.
When we are creating our business or life, we never know what the value will be in 20 years. The Hot Rod of the ‘70s and ‘80s became a big investment for many over the past 20 to 30 years. Too many times we overlook the great value of something that will change the world, because it was not a million dollar baby overnight.
American Graffitiis an iconic movie that has become a legend over the past 40 years. That is a work career to many people, but it all started with an idea, just like your business right now could be an idea that could change the world in 20 years.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll success in your world in 2013?