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The Inspirational Journey of Walt Disney: Never Giving Up on Your Dreams

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

Walt Disney, the fourth of his family's five children, was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago. When he was four years old, his family relocated to a farm in Marceline, Missouri. Disney first gained support for his budding interest in sketching from an aunt and a neighbor who was a retired doctor in Marceline, a small-town setting he later recalled as being idyllic. But Disney's father struggled to make ends meet in Marceline and sold the property in 1910, moving the family to Kansas City the following year.

He took the family back to Chicago, where he worked for a jelly and fruit juice manufacturer, and moved the family there. Walt, who had struggled academically but was an avid artist, dropped out of high school at age 16 and, when the United States entered World War I, enlisted in the Red Cross Ambulance Corps by falsifying his birth certificate to fulfill the minimum age requirement of 17. Late in 1918, not long after the armistice that put an end to the combat, he was dispatched to France. Before being released in 1919, Disney spent his time chauffeuring Red Cross representatives and performing other duties.


While everyone knows the iconic brand of Disney, the story of how Walt Disney created the empire is very inspiring. As a young man, Walt Disney was fired from a local newspaper as his boss thought he lacked creativity. After a failed animation company went under, he was barely able to pay his bills and even ate dog food to survive.

With his last few dollars, Walt Disney made his way to Hollywood to try and make it big. Unfortunately, his early time in Hollywood was just as wrong. He was told Mickey Mouse would fail, faced constant rejection, and seemed destined never to succeed.

But Walt continued to grow the company with amusement parks and feature films and is known as a cultural icon.


Quitting isn’t an option

Walt Disney had a vision for his company that he refused to quit until it became reality.

1. Emotionally Disconnecting from Stressors: Remember that only you know what is best for yourself. Consider talking to somebody who has walked in your shoes, a mentor, before making any decisions. You deserve the chance to grow and become better than you were before; do not give up on yourself!

2. Continuing Motivation and Dedication: Have you considered ways to achieve these needs in ways other than quitting your job? Once again, it might sound impossible to accomplish this without giving up on what you want, but there are many ways that this can be achieved! Below I have listed two helpful tips.

It can be done by focusing on small, manageable tasks at any given moment. A marathon is accomplished one step at a time.

Finding outside motivations can help. When you are up against an insurmountable obstacle it is easier to look around the obstacle than climb over it. Find your why. Your why is the one factor that can keep you going when all else fails.

3. Staying Accountable: Start working towards those desires while simultaneously disconnecting from negative stressors. Use both these tools (desires and detachment) to stay motivated and dedicated to your work and team. The ultimate outcome will be greater than if you gave up.

4. Developing Self-Worth: Achieving self-worth is not just about the pursuit of an individualistic goal, but rather achieving the goals of one’s community or society as well. When developing self-worth, it is important to examine what we want in life and what we need in order to be happy. Do you want more time with your family? More time with your friends? What are some things you need in order to feel fulfilled?


How your effort determines your destiny

It's been said that the outcome of persistent effort is always greater than the outcome of giving up. Industry tycoon Walt Disney is a perfect example of this concept. His success story provides insight into the power of persistence and how it can turn your dreams into reality if you just don't quit. He did not give up on his dream when others told him it was impossible; instead, he used their negativity as fuel to push forward with his vision. He believed in himself and never quit trying.

What is one thing you are passionate about? Imagine what life would be like if you did not make any effort towards achieving your goal; instead, quitting when things got hard or difficult. Are you making excuses for why something cannot be done? If so, stop yourself and do whatever it takes to get where you want to go in life! The result will always be worth more than the struggle.


People will give you reasons why you should quit

People will give you many reasons why you should quit chasing your dreams and goals. They may say, You're not good enough. Or You'll never make it. And the list goes on. But before you allow yourself to be defeated by these remarks, remember what happened to Walt Disney. In 1923, he was fired from his job at a newspaper for lacking imagination and having no original ideas. Just two years later, he founded his own animation studio. He didn't let the negative viewpoints of those around him influence his path or his future. He believed in himself, and so should you.


Be courageous and stand strong in the face of fear and uncertainty

The reasons you should be courageous and stand strong when chasing your dreams are as follows:

1. If you don't try, you'll never succeed.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help along your journey. Be kind and treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. We're all on our own path and can learn a lot from one another!

2. It's never too late to pursue your dreams.

You're not the only one who has felt scared and uncertain before. The way you live your life is more important than anything you make or achieve. Be courageous, be kind and be fearless. The world will change with each and every person that chooses to become a positive influence in someone else's life.

Never lose sight of your self-worth – Monica Beverly Hillz

3. Your achievements will inspire others.

Try and you will succeed.

Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda said it best – Try and you will succeed.

But remember, persistence pays off. Persistence means continuing without giving up; continuing even when it seems hopeless or difficult; continuing even when people discourage you; continuing even until you have achieved what you set out to do. Being persistent means following through on what needs doing, completing what was started, and sticking it out until the job is done.


Learn to take a calculated risk and don’t stop doing what you love just because the world has shown you obstacles. Ironically, years later, Walt Disney acquired the Kansas City Star newspaper — the one who said he lacked creativity all those years ago. To ensure that you keep focusing on your vision and not be derailed by those barriers listed above, try listing your goals. Find methods that help you measure and track those goals as your inching forwards. Finally, remember that those around you can be an asset to you, not only a hindrance. Hitch your cart to those who are traveling where you wish to go.


Until Next Time, Climb Together!


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