In the world of entertainment, perhaps no name is more widely known than that of Walter Elias Disney. Today marks the 112th anniversary of his birth, and has me reflecting on the impact this great man – the Magic behind the Kingdom of creativity – has had on our world. He was such an influential innovator and entrepreneur in his day, and even now, he is teaching still. Using some quotes from the legend himself, here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned from Walt Disney – about business, and life.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
What would you do if your dreams had no limits? Don’t let your comfort zone hold you back from where your dreams would take you. We have so many fears – fear of the unknown, fear of not being good enough, fear of what others may think, fear of failure. Insurance can mitigate many risks, and often we fear something that will never happen. If you have a dream, chase it. Find a way to make it happen and above all, don’t let anyone else limit your dreams.
Communicate your vision.
“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal… you can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
You have a vision. Success in bringing your dream to life is directly related to how effectively you communicate that vision to the people you work with. According to a study published in Claremont McKenna College’s Leadership Review, when leaders discuss their organizations’ vision in a specific way, not only is the vision better understood, the leaders are also seen as being more effective in general. Want to have people who are as invested in your dream as you are? Communicate your vision with clarity and passion.
Send the right message.
“Disneyland is a show.”
What kind of experience are you providing for your clients? Remember that everything you do (and everything you don’t!) is communicating a message. From your voicemail greeting right down to delivering your product or service to the consumer, all of it is speaking for you. Make sure it’s saying the right thing.
Embrace your setbacks.
“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn to walk… all the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… you may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Don’t waste any experience. Difficult circumstances hold within them lessons to be learned. Often what we perceive as a negative situation can become a catalyst for personal and professional growth. Take the experiential wisdom gained with setbacks and carry it with you into the future. You (and your business) will be better for it.
Just do it.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot on my plate… and I don’t have a magician’s apprentice to help me get it all done. At times it can be overwhelming. Taking a cue from Disney, if you’re obsessing about a massive to-do list, it’s time to stop thinking stressing about everything in front of you and just.do.something.
Aspire to Excellence
“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”
Yeah. What HE said.
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