There are countless books on him, numerous quotes from him, and endless movies and stories by him. But the one thing I can bet Walt Disney would want us all to remember is this: he's human.
He's not especially gifted, not the second coming, and not flawless. He could draw, sure, but the way he was successful was simply determination and optimism.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Courage is the basis for optimism, remember?
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. "
True enough. Life is complex, as you've seen on this blog.
"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. "
That's what I keep telling myself everytime I get rejected or can't find a job. I don't know why as it's happening, but it must be happening for a reason.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I want each and every one of you to believe that you could very well be the next Walt Disney. Or JK Rowling. Or whomever you wish.
You CAN be! Your character could spawn an entire enterprise. Your story could be told for generations. Your legacy could live forever in a book.
"if you can dream it, you can do it"
Walt wasn't given any breaks. He wasn't born into riches. He wasn't handed the keys to a Disneyland. He built that all from the ground up - with his imagination, his belief and his determination.
He never gave up. Neither should you!
Optimism is NOT Arrogance
Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.
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