Follow your Dreams Like Walt Disney

DisneyWhen I was kid, so many comics were there, plenty of animated characters – but Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were my favorite. Now today my kids, despite of having countless characters, still have special interest in Walt Disney’s show. You can’t imagine a world without Walt Disney. A world without his magic, whimsy, and optimism. Walt Disney transformed the entertainment industry, into what we know today. He pioneered the fields of animation, and found new ways to teach, and educate.


Disney5Walt’s optimism came from his unique ability to see the entire picture. His views and visions, came from the fond memory of yesteryear, and persistence for the future. 

A magical world is almost every kid’s dream and it was the dream of one man too. Walt Disney is one of the most famous business leaders of our time who bridged the past and the future through his magical world of wonder.

“When You Wish Upon A Star”, one of Disney’s famous musical scores, says it all. 

Disney’s story of success roots from his early childhood days during his stay at Marceline, Missouri and Kansas City.  Lets have a small journey to his life which was not so smooth as it looks today…..

1. Dropped High school to join army, at age of 16, he was rejected for being underage.   

2. Then he joined the Red Cross with a forged birth certificate. He was sent to France, where he get chance to drove an ambulance that was covered from top to bottom with cartoons. 

2. Coming back from World War I in France, Disney asked for his father’s support to begin his artistic career. Rejected!

3. In 1920, Disney and Ubbe Iwwerks (co worker in a studio) put up their own company “Iwwerks- Disney” which eventually collapsed.

4. Soon after, he joined Kansas City Film Ad as animator. Disney’s Film Ad days made him venture into animation experiments which led him to form Laugh-O-Gram Films in 1922.

5. Disney produced short cartoons and later live-action films such as Alice’s Wonderland. With Alice’s Wonderland unfinished, Laugh-O-Gram Films filed for bankruptcy.

6. Disney went to Hollywood to try film direction and with financial help from his brother, Roy, put up again a studio, Disney Brothers’ Studio. In 1925, Disney hired more people to join his team.

7.  The Disney studio grew through Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s success.

8. Unfortunately, Disney lost the rights to the Oswald character along with his staff in 1928.

9. This downfall led to the creation of Steamboat Willie where Mickey Mouse became his popular cartoon character.Disney4

10. Disney regained the studio and even got an Academy Award in 1932.

11.  During the 1930s, Disney started to produce full-length features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, earning $8 million.

12. Again there was a setback due to World War II, slowly recovered in the late 1940s. Disney continued producing Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland full-length pictures.

13. The birth of Disneyland along with other theme parks came during the 1950-1960s. It was at the same time when Disney had its first daily TV show now widely known as The Wonderful World of Disney.

14. The following years after his death in 1965, Walt Disney Company continually expanded through the opening of Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney -MGM Studio Theme Park and acquisition of Pixar Animations

Walt Disney’s Principles to make Dreams Come True:

1.THINK TOMORROW : HAVE A VISION

“Walt Disney always operated on the theory of making today pay off tomorrow”, his brother Roy (the business genius behind the Disney empire) used to say. Thinking tomorrow got Walt Disney through his greatest disappointments.

Walt Disney died before Disney World in Florida could be completed. On opening day in 1971, almost five years after his death, someone commented to Mike Vance, creative director of Walt Disney Studios, ‘Isn’t it too bad Walt Disney didn’t live to see this’.  Vance replied simply – ‘He did see it,’  ‘That’s why it’s here.’

2. FREE THE IMAGINATION : THERE IS NO BOX

“Today you hear people talk about ‘thinking outside the box’. But Walt would say, ‘No! Don’t think outside the box! Once you say that, you’ve established that there is a box.’ Walt would refuse to accept the existence of the box.” – Disney historian Jim Korkis

3. BELIEVE IN YOUR PEOPLE 

Walt Disney believes that people can usually do far more far better than they know.  To ‘wow’ audience in an over-crowded markets you need to draw exceptional performances out of your people. That means having confidence in them and pushing them beyond their comfort zone.

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“Walt had more confidence in us as artists than we had in ourselves. I’m a sculptor now, but I used to be an animator, and I loved it. I didn’t want to leave animation and go work in the theme parks. But Walt saw me as a sculptor and he sold me on it. He made me believe I could do it. He gave us the confidence to do things we never imagined were possible.” – Blaine Gibson, Disney sculptor

4. INSPIRE PEOPLE; THEN LET THEM GET ON WITH IT

“Walt challenged and inspired you by talking to you. He wouldn’t give you detailed instructions about what he wanted you to do. Instead, he would simply point you in the direction he wanted you to go, then leave the rest up to you. He would get you started on the creative process and inspire you with confidence.

5. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL

“Whenever anyone called him Mr. Disney he got upset. It was always Walt. And he always knew your name. In the early days, we didn’t wear name tags, but Walt still called you by your first name. Once he knew your name, he never forgot it.” – Gary Carlson, Disney Sound Engineer

6. ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LEARN

“Walt ran the studio like a university. We were learning all the time and a few of us were going to art school at night. Walt would drive us there and pick us up later.” – Les Clark, Disney animator

7. HAVE FUN

“The way to make things work is not to worry,” Walt told his people.  To get interested in some little idea, he always described the interesting aspect of the idea.  Today at Disney Land and Walt Disney World, millions of people have fun that makes them fresh and energetic.   

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