Walt Disney is well-known to everyone. Almost everyone has visited a Disney theme park, has watched a Disney movie (live action or animated), or is familiar with a Disney character or characters. Some individuals even go on Disney cruises, which are rather expensive.
In some respects, I believe that people know more about Disney, but less people know more about Walt Disney the guy. For many people, Walt Disney, the guy, has been relegated to the background of their memories. It is acceptable given the fact that he passed away fifty-one years ago in 1966. Walt was a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a creative genius who influenced generations of people. His life has provided him with some vital lessons that any entrepreneur can take away and use to their own businesses and lives.
Never give up on your dreams.
Many people are unaware that Walt Disney did not become a billionaire overnight. He was the founder of various businesses that went bankrupt. He attempted to build a commercial art studio, but it failed miserably. He attempted to establish commercials, but these efforts were equally unsuccessful owing to a lack of cash. Instead of giving up or giving in, Walt constantly attempted the next thing he could think of.
“All of the difficulty I’ve faced in my life, all of my difficulties and problems, have served to strengthen me,” Walt said. You may not know it at the time, but a kick in the shins may turn out to be the finest thing that ever happened to you.”
Take the initiative in issue solving.
Walt Disney was a master problem solver who had a knack for finding creative solutions. He was very perceptive, and he was constantly on the lookout for creative solutions to problems, as well as ways in which they might be turned into opportunities in the marketplace.
A park where he brought her to ride several attractions caught his attention since the rides were dusty and in poor condition, and the people who worked on them were unpleasant to him and his daughter.
When Walt considered this challenge, he came up with the idea for Disneyland. He desired a location that was both safe and hygienic, and where parents could bring their children.
“When I was ten years old, my family and I travelled to Disney World,” Jason Kilar said. When we arrived, the fastidious attention to detail was the first thing that struck me; there wasn’t a gum wrapper in sight.”
Be open to the possibility of reinventing oneself.
Many people are unaware that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was really Disney’s first significant cartoon celebrity, rather than Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in 1928. He had signed a deal with a distributor for the short cartoons, and he was overjoyed by their popularity.
When Walt attempted to extend his contract, the company dismissed him. Oswald was owned by the distributor, according to Walt Disney, who was unaware of this since it was stipulated in the contract that Walt Disney did not own him.
The situation was made worse when the whole team of Walt’s animators quit Walt and went to work for the rival firm.
Walt returned home, having failed to achieve his greatest triumph. He had to start again from the beginning. In the words of Walt, “Mickey Mouse burst out onto a drawing pad on a train voyage from Manhattan to Hollywood 20 years ago, at a time when the commercial fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at their lowest ebb and doom seemed to be just around the corner.”
Surround yourself with people who are talented.
Walt Disney freely confessed that he was not the most skilled artist when it came to painting or animation. In the words of the legendary animator, “I really began making my first animated cartoon in 1920.” Of course, these were quite rudimentary things back then, and I made use of miniature puppets to perform them.” He was exceptional at recognising exactly what he did best, and he was able to employ the finest painters and animators the world had to offer at a reasonable price.
Not Walt, but an animator by the name of Ub Iwerks was responsible for the first animation of Mickey Mouse. Walt didn’t have to be talented at sketching in order to succeed, but he did have the vision. It’s similar to being an architect in that you are not need to be the general contractor. All you have to do now is envision how you want the project to appear when it is completed.
Walt had an insatiable curiosity for learning and was constantly eager to expand his knowledge. In the early years of animation, this resulted in some really remarkable advancements.
Among his many accomplishments include the creation of the first sound cartoon, the first live action and animation mix film, and the first full-length animated feature film. Until that point, Walt’s cartoons were light, brief, and thoughtless entertainment that people watched before the big feature movie.
Let me emphasise that he had no idea how to perform any of those things, and you shouldn’t overlook that. His inquisitiveness prompted him to explore how to perform these things and find out how to get everything done in a timely manner. We keep pushing ahead, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re interested, and curiosity continues guiding us down new routes, as Walt put it in a recent interview.
Expand your horizons.
After establishing a successful animation company, Walt was foresighted enough to branch out into live-action films, documentaries, television, amusement parks, and a slew of other goods. However, he might have just operated as an animation studio, which would not have resulted in the type of success that his firm has achieved.
In my opinion, Walt expressed it best: “Times and situations change so quickly that we must keep our sights fixed on the future at all times.”