I love the business mags and their holiday week (i.e., pre-written) feature articles on “The Walt Disney Company.”
Today the topic is Walt Disney’s Response to critique (and obstacles).
Recently, Justin Bariso wrote for Inc.:
Way back in 1957, the book “The Story of Walt Disney” shared one of my favorite quotes from the famous entertainer:
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”Walt Disney
There’s a lot to be learned from that sentence.
#Truth. This notion that a “fail” can be useful is not new to Disney historians; Walt spoke about the power of defeat many, many times.
However, as we head into 2019, it certainly bears repeating…
Bariso’s article, entitled: 60 Years Ago, Walt Disney Taught a Major Lesson in Emotional Intelligence. Here It Is in 1 Sentence – “Walt Disney had a remarkable response to criticism: He used it to make him better” is an important introduction (or re-introduction, as the clock hits midnight on Dec. 31).
The author also explained:
There are few creators whose legacy is as far-reaching as the
However, that didn’t keep people (or life) from throwing barbs Walt’s way.
“As you go through life, there will be no shortage of persons telling you what you need to improve or what you can do better,” re-stated Bariso. “You could label all these people as haters and simply ignore them.
“Or, you could do what Disney did: You could use that negative feedback to make you better.”
Like any good businessman/author Bariso adapted Walt’s example into his outlook (and upcoming book). But it’s worth thinking about the importance of bouncing back as we approach a new calendar.
One of the best gifts I received on Christmas was “The Quotable Walt Disney” and some of the best notes from Mr. Disney include:
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me.”
I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you are young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of
itI’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something.”
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
In other words, it makes sense to remember those at the top weren’t always in the cat-bird seat.
This coming year, I hope we all can approach life with a little of Walt Disney’s attitude:
In bad times and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life.”Walt Disney
Happy New Year, Waltineers!