1. Do What You Love
The first thing that we can learn from Disney as an entrepreneur was his devotion to and love for drawing. He loved to draw so much that he that it consumed most of his time. He devoted much of his life to his art that he was even willing to work other jobs just to fund his passion.
Imagine how fun it must have been for him to wake up every day, go to his studio and do what he loved to do. A scenario that sounds a lot more enticing compared to waking up every day and going to a job that drains the life out of you.
Disney went through a series of odd jobs and even became an ambulance driver in the army during World War I along with his friend Ray Kroc (the man who made McDonalds what it is today). Throughout this journey, Disney nurtured his love for drawing.
2. Take What You Do Seriously
Whenever Walt Disney made his cartoons he always did so with the focus of a lion stalking his prey. He paid attention to every detail and dealt with challenges with the utmost care. He never took his art or talent for granted.
Never would you find Walt Disney in his studio slacking off or procrastinating on his projects. He always took the lead when it came to doing what he loved, never putting his passion on the back burner.
3. Do It For Others
Whenever Walt Disney created animated shorts, it was never just for his own enjoyment. He never sought to hide his creations from the world. Instead, he would always find ways in which he could share his work with others. He created many comics in his day and he would always find ways to share them with the public. He joined his school's publications as a comic artist, and even took a job in a local newspaper as none other than a comic artist.
Walt Disney's works teach us a lot of things such as the value of love for friends and family, hope for the good and his most important lesson: that good will always triumph over evil.
4. Never Just Settle With Your First Success
There was one facet of Walt Disney that was particularly distinct. This was his drive to follow one accomplishment immediately with another. After finishing his legendary film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves", Disney went on to work on other feature films such as "Bambi", "Fantasia" and many others straight away.
For instance, Disney didn't stop once he had created Mickey Mouse. Instead he went on and created Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and many other iconic characters, even for today's generation. He was never content with what he had achieved because he always wanted to achieve more and grow with his dreams. In fact, he didn't stop with just one version of the Mickey Mouse design, he kept redesigning his creation so that it would be better every time.
5. Don't Let Obstacles Stop You
When Walt Disney first started to work on Snow White, his wife and own brother did all they could to convince him to stop. The Snow White project was even termed "Disney's Folly", and halfway across production he ran out of money to continue the work.
Most people in this situation would just quit and grab whatever they can out of what's left, but Disney persevered. He decided to travel the country and show clips of the raw film to producers in hopes of them funding his project. In the end this attempt was what saved his studio and allowed him to finish the classic Snow White film.
When Snow White was finally featured it received nothing short of a standing ovation. The success of the film put Disney in the Golden Age of Animation, and allowed him to start on all of his other feature films. He could have cashed in and gone his separate way from the animation world, but his hopes and dreams where too strong to fold. Walt's decision to full steam ahead' is really what allowed him to define a generation with his iconic creations.
There are a number of lessons to be learnt from other successful people, but in all likelihood, those lessons will either be the same or very similar. The five lessons we have been taught by Walt Disney however are unique. His success has definitely served as an inspiration to many people and even after his death, his legacy still carries on.
Walt Disney Quotes To Live By
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable."
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."
"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse."
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
"Too many people grow up. That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won't do that."
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."