“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”
industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company, and developer of the modern assembly line
I invented myself.
At birth, I was given the name Chaim Witz. Witz (pronounced Vitz) was my father’s last name.
To most Americans, my given first name, Chaim, sounds like a cat coughing up a hairball. That’s because the Hebrew guttural “ch” sound (probably the most common sound in the Hebrew language) is unknown in English and in most Romance/Latin-derived languages—except perhaps German, which has its own, slightly less guttural “ch” sound.
At any rate, it didn’t take me long after our arrival in America to realize that my Hebrew name simply didn’t work here. ...