Walt Disney is a household name; however, I am certain that there are at least 1.5 generations of youth and young adults who do not know that Walt Disney was actually a person. Over 100 years ago Walter Ellas Disney was born in Chicago; I'm sure that no one in his humble childhood imagined that he would grow up and change the way families were entertained for generations to come. His name is now synonymous with words like creativity, enchantment, magic, and amusement, yet many people do not realize that Walt Disney achieved failure after failure throughout his life. History reveals that at age 22 he filed bankruptcy after his Kansas City cartoon series failed; his very first successful company and cartoon was stripped from him after a bad business deal; in his early 30's Disney experienced a severe mental breakdown; after the success of Snow White his mother died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home that he built for her because of botched repairs from his staff of contractors; it took Disney years to build Disneyland because he couldn't raise enough funds; on the day Disneyland opened thousands of people used forged tickets to get in the park, the asphalt melted the heels of women's shoes, and a plumbers strike kept water fountains from being installed in time. Even with all of his difficulties, Walt Disney went on to be honored with over 950 awards (including 48 Emmy's and 7 Academy Awards) for his 81 feature films and hundreds of short films and television shows. In 2012 he Walt Disney Corporation had annual revenues in excess of $42 billion. There is no denying Walt Disney's success.
I call Disney successful not because he made a lot of money (actually Disney struggled financially during many of his adult years), but because he worked hard and followed his passions no matter what. In 1927 when Disney approached a major company to distribute Mikey Mouse he was told it would never catch on because women would be afraid of a giant mouse on the screen. He introduced the world to Mikey Mouse anyway and the rest is history! After achieving success with several major motion pictures Disney was discouraged from following his interests in television. Regardless, he chased his dreams anyway and shows like The Mikey Mouse Club and The Wonderful World of Disney helped to secure the Disney brand's place in history. Walt Disney was a creative dandelion genius who today offers great insight and help for the rest of us who face setbacks, difficulties, and trials. We must never allow the bad stuff to keep us from trying to go after our dreams. Dandelions may face difficulties but they grow anyway! Make sure that no matter what you face in life that you flourish, thrive, bloom, and GROW ANYWAY! Dandelions unite! Love wins, Rev. Derek