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Success Story of Disney Walt and 3 Lessons learned

Walt Disney As A Struggler:

Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial Legend who has built up one of the most recognized companies in the world. He is known for his movies, parks, and for Mickey Mouse but very few know when he first started out he had no money, he had no shelter to stay and he survived on beans.

Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago in 1910.  He was one of the five children of Flora Call Disney (Mother) and Elias Disney (Father) Irish, Canadian, German, and American line of ancestry. His father, Elias, was abusive. Disney spent his childhood honing his art skills by replicating paper cartoons coloring and even experimenting with watercolors. He really enjoyed doodling as opposed to paying attention to his teachers. He connected with one of his high school papers and started drawing patriotic cartoons for the school paper.
He realized that school just wasn't for him. So he dropped out and joined the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver.

In 1920, he with the help of his brother launched his own cartoon business named Laugh-O- Gram studio. Very soon the company went bankrupt and they shut it down.

With the loss of his first business, Disney decided to shift to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting.


But he failed at that, too. 

It was with the introduction of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit that Disney got success. Disney's character Oswald became a huge star but very soon he discovered that his producer had taken his team of animators from under him and that he no longer had any legal rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. 

Disney achieved success by creating the most famous Mickey Mouse. Disney brought Mickey Mouse to life on film in the late 1920s.
Disney still faced challenges to keep his business on top. 
In 1934, Walt Disney made his first feature-length animation movie called Snow White. It took him three years to make. He actually acts out the last scenes of the movie for his Bankers. The movie ended up being a huge success. It was the biggest hit of the year. He won an Academy Award for it. 

More burden came on his shoulder when his animator team went on strike due to the low wages. The strike was resolved when the National Labor Relations Board asked Disney to sign a union contract and he agreed. The strike led him to come into debt of $4 million dollars. 
This was the turning point in his life. He entered the television industry with the most popular show The Micky Mouse Club. Television show brought him enough success.
In 1955 he completed his dream project the construction of a theme park named Disneyland which quickly became a phenomenon and a place for kids and adults. Disneyland became a success, clearing out his financial debts.
Walt Disney died on November 30th, 1966 at age 65 from complications from lung cancer. It was like, an end of the world of history-making entrepreneurs Walt Disney. 

Three lessons from the life story of Disney Walt that we can learn for achieving success in entrepreneur business are :

1. Passion for your dream

Make sure you are passionate about your goal. If you don't really love it. It's going to be hard to succeed. Money comes when you're really passionate about what you're doing. So think about what is it that you do in your spare time? What do you really enjoy doing? What are your hobbies and how can you turn those into a potential business opportunity.

2. Push the boundaries

Push the boundaries when you need to do something different to get your company's notice. As there is so much competition. It's difficult to get on people's radar screens and make them pay attention to you. So you have to do something that's going to get you to notice and will help you stand out from the crowd. You have to try something that's never been done before that's really going to get you to notice and get the attention paid to your business. 

3. Stay top of the mind

You need to do whatever you can to make sure your customers are always thinking about you the easiest way to grow a business is to sell more to your existing customers the hardest way to grow a business is to go and try to find new customers. You're the first person that comes to your customer's mind when they are thinking about your product or service and it's the best way to be able to grow your business.


Walt Disney has proved that every roadblock can become a stepping stone for a bright future. Even when nobody believes you, you have to trust yourself and keep following your dream. Nothing is impossible if you are determined to achieve your dream at any cost.

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