Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Eric Braun Ohio City, Ohio , United States

Posted: 2019-10-09

Chapter 7 

Organized Planning 

The Crystallization of DESIRE into Action 

The Sixth Step Towards Riches 


  We have to hone in on our DESIRE. Lean In, Rise Up, and Launch Out! 

  For example, I was born in a small town of a history of automobile entrepreneurs and now I live in a small village of a historic entrepreneur of the first working automobile. I am an inventor, also.  

  Ironically, I was killing a mosquito in my Kia a year or two years ago and crashed into a bicycle sign near the world’s first automobile accident. A half block to be exact! A half mile from the world’s first automobile accident. Near where three railroads used to go through the center of town and branch off into three directions. Maybe that is an omen to myself. If I keep focusing on my past, I’m going to crash and burn. Luckily, I was going only 25 mph.  

  I need to Lean In, Rise Up, and Launch Out, my Four-Square Church motto. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” --Vince Lombardi 

  I was born in Decatur, Indiana, USA where two automobile companies were established in 1917. When Decatur, Indiana was a major railroad crossroads and manufacturing hot spot. With 20 car dealers selling 36 makes of cars. Now there is a major Ford and GM dealership and a few used car mom and pop shops. There was still room, in those days, for smaller companies, especially in the more expensive price class. Comet and Pan-American produced mainly convertible touring cars that rich farmers and businessmen drove, starting at about $1,185 to $1,250 (Today’s $100,000 cars of the time). At the peak of production in 1920, Pan-American produced 937 cars and Comet 627. It couldn’t last and by 1922, both companies closed. They couldn’t compete with Ford’s assembly line. Producing more than 4,500 cars every two days, even in 1917. Ford could be ignored, but not beaten. Henry Ford’s mass production genius rolled out economies of scale and was depression proof that blew the competition off the map. There is not much left now of Decatur’s auto history, except a tracked down Pan-American model in Australia and no others. No Comets are known anywhere. Don’t mistake the manufacturer from the model Comet. --Herald & Review 

  I would love to travel back in time to Ohio City, Ohio, in 1891 and Decatur, Indiana in 1910. Where the Decatur Motor Car, now in Auburn, Indiana Auto Museum, was first manufactured in Decatur, Indiana in 1910. The Lambert Gasoline Buggy, the first working automobile, was manufactured in 1891. 

  Sadly, this village I live in died in the 1920’s through the 1950’s, where the olde town folk didn’t want the town to grow into the capital of Ohio. The businessmen left this village and moved to Lima, Ohio, founded in 1831, 34.1 miles away. Where Lima still has an oil refinery and is still thriving with a population of 37,149 (census 2017). Decatur, Indiana’s population is 9,843 (census 2017) with a RV and speedboat manufacturing empire, the 81st largest city in Indiana, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, the second largest city in Indiana.  


  Thank you, Michael and Linda Dlouhy, for this book and mastermind group and Nathan Grimes for never giving up on me. 



Eric Braun 

Ohio City, Ohio, 45874