Walt Disney is synonymous with art, entertainment and good clean fun. Disney created Mickey Mouse, directed dozens of classic movies, won more than 20 Academy Awards and opened two successful theme parks that transformed the amusement park industry. Disney faced significant adversity in his life, including losing control of his first successful character and moving across the country during the Great Depression. Despite adversity, Disney triumphed by thinking completely out of the box and dreaming dreams that are more suited for a child than an adult. These are Disney’s most inspirational quotes for business.
1. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Disney realized that dreams can come true only if a person stops doing what is expected of them and starts doing what the person dreams about at night. It takes courage to move forward, especially when that may mean losing money or making life more difficult. But Disney never regretted his decision, because even in failing, he failed doing what he loved.
2. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Some entrepreneurs have the idea that success should come easy if you have a great idea. But as Disney recognized, nothing comes easy and the only guarantee is that there will be setbacks. Overcoming them is the way character and success are built.
3. “I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.”
Many people forget the many technological innovations created by Disney in order to realize his vision. In addition to technical innovation, Disney also subverted the expectation about what movies and entertainment should be. Disney was an expert at thinking out of the box.
4. “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”
Disney’s quote shows that he was not an “eat your your spinach because it’s good for you” kind of businessman. Instead, he preferred to focus on feelings and fun in order to educate. This is a good lesson about being dynamic and entertaining.
5. I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
It takes money to make money. Disney doesn’t sugarcoat the situation. He faced money shortages and disasters many times during his career. But the desperation of being broke forced him to find creative ways to get the funds he needed to go on.
6. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
Trying to copy other people, even those you admire, won’t make you a success in business. Many people make the mistake of trying to be the next Apple, or Netflix, or even Disney. The best way to be is to be yourself. To Disney, that meant finding your own inner compass, not the one belonging to somebody else.