09 May THE COURAGE OF WALT DISNEY
Dear Disney Viewers,
Lucas selected a famous person for his school project: Someone who changed the world with courage, determination, compassion, honor, persistence, intelligence and leadership.
I thought I knew about Walt Disney until I assisted Lucas on this discovery research project.
Walt Disney was born Walter Elias Disney in Chicago. He dreamed big and fulfilled children’s dreams along with his own dreams. Art classes began when he was a young boy. At the age of eighteen, he became a commercial illustrator. He became famous for his American animation. He created The Walt Disney Company. And who can we forget the cartoons of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He envisioned an amusement park and thus Disneyland was built. He was a kid at heart and even had a railroad in his backyard.
But this is where I found it gets really interesting…
Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes Awards, and 1 Emmy Award. When I discovered these facts, I was amazed. In my time, Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson were nominated and won the most Academy Awards. Little did I know, Walt Disney was nominated 59 times for an Academy Award. Who could forget Bambi, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? And the list continued.
He received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion picture and the other for television. Even Mickey Mouse was given his own star for motion pictures in 1978.
I questioned Lucas on why he selected Walt Disney. And Lucas shared, “Walt Disney created wonderful movies and an amusement park for kids to enjoy. He was very creative and made his creations come to life. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Dumbo. He inspires me because he showed me new ways of doing things. I love going to Disneyland and California Adventure. Walt Disney helps me to dream big and know I can do anything.”
“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
I encourage you not to give up on your dreams. Many times, we don’t see them manifest. It takes too much effort. Or I must be kidding myself. I encourage you to silence your inner critic and the voice of doubt. Go for i! Dream big! Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you and to believe in something despite criticism.
Dream big! Meryl Streep did. Jack Nicholson too. Steve Jobs to name a few!
When you feel like giving up, remember the legend of Walt Disney. It began with the courage to pursue his dreams.