It All Started With A Mouse

It is no secret that I'm a big fan of Disney, the man, the company, the parks and the movies. Are any of those areas perfect? Not at all. Read about the life of Walt Disney and you will see, for all of the great things he accomplished he alienated a lot of people in his life. While not perfect and throughout the mistakes he made, he never let it stop him. I think that is one of the things I love most about both the man and the company, they aren't perfect but they don't let their setbacks hold them back.

I just read a great article (read it here) that recalled a story I had heard before about how in 1928 Walt Disney lost the rights to his characters and most of his animators. He remained optimistic, he didn't complain about his circumstances, he focused on what he could control and from that, in 1929 we were introduced to the iconic Mickey Mouse.


No matter what happens to us we always have a choice in how we react to the situation we find ourselves. Great things are rarely created on the first try. Failure often comes before success, we just have to stay determined and optimistic to follow what we believe in.

If interested in learning more, the most talked about book I know about the life of Walt Disney is by Bob Thomas, which I highly recommend - Walt Disney: An American Original.

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