Walt Disney, The Rejected One

I believe it's not about what you do, but how you do it. Proof for this thesis is the incredible passion and dedication of Walter Elias "Walt" Disney. Keep in mind that rejection is a part of success.

Walt Disney

I believe it’s not about what you do, but how you do it. Proof for this assumption is the incredible passion and dedication of Walter Elias “Walt” Disney. Keep in mind that rejection is a part of success.

Walt Disney


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We’ve all had big ambitions we gave up on or put aside because of rejection and failure. We would let people talk us down or take their personal opinions too serious. Sometimes, we don’t reach our goals not because of ourselves, but because of the situation. However, never give up and keep pushing! A perfect example is the story behind most cartoons we used to watch as kids. “Disneyland” or “Walt Disney” ring a bell as soon one hears about them. Did you ever ask yourself how all this was established? The Walt Disney company was founded in 1923 and counts more than 180’000 employees in 2015. The vision was based on a young cartoonist’s fascination for animation and his older brother’s skills in terms of finances. However, the younger brother, Walter Disney, bought most of the shares from his elder brother, Roy Oliver Disney. With a revenue of more than US$ 48 billion, the company definitly belongs to the elite of its category. Founder Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was rejected over 300 times before gaining success. Comments like: “What a silly business idea” shouldn’t get the best of you. What do you think a grown man like Disney had to deal with when he created cartoon characters. Banks would reject him and say his business idea concerning Mickey Mouse was a joke. How many NO’s can you take? I say most people can’t even reach 25. If Disney would have gave up after 100 rejections, we wouldn’t have grown up watching the Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the seven Dwarfs etc. Disney was also fired by the newspaper he worked for due to “lack of creativity”.

Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound. –Simon Sinek

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