Walter Chrysler was a man with definiteness of purpose. Chrysler began as a mechanic in a railroad shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. From his savings he had accumulated a little more than $4000, which he intended to use as a fund to set himself up in business. Looking around diligently he decided that the automobile business was an upcoming industry, so he determined to go into that field.

His entry into the business was dramatic and novel. His first move was one that shocked his friends and astounded his relatives, for it consisted in his investing all of his savings in an automobile. When the car arrived in Salt Lake City he gave his friends still another shock by proceeding to take it apart, piece by piece, until the parts were scattered all over the shop.

Then he began to put the parts together again. He repeated this operation so often that some of his friends thought he had lost his mind. That was because they did not understand his purpose. They saw what he was doing with the automobile, and it looked aimless and without purpose, but what they did not see was the plan that was taking form in Walter Chrysler’s mind.

He was making his mind “automobile conscious!” Saturating it with definiteness of purpose! He was observing carefully every detail of the car. When he was through with his job of tearing down his automobile and rebuilding it, he knew all of its good points and all of its weak ones. From that experience he began to design automobiles embodying all of the good points of the car he had bought and omitting all of its weaknesses. He did his job so thoroughly that when the Chrysler automobiles began to reach the market they became the sensation of the entire automobile industry.

His rise to fame and fortune were both rapid and definite, because he knew where he was going before he started out, and he prepared himself with painstaking accuracy for the journey.

Source: Napoleon Hill, The Master Key To Riches, 1965, New York: Fawcett Crest, p.46-47