There are a few people who inspire me throughout my career. Of course, my family and friends, but also the many leaders who came before us. Walt Disney is one of those. Disney overcame the many difficulties of his times including the Great Depression which started when he was 27 years old, and still built an empire and career that will never be forgotten.

There are a few quotes Disney stated that can build inspiration in all of us.

 

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Disney was a strong believer in being a dreamer. Envisioning a future where children could be happier. As a child, thoughts are structured around all the wonderful things you can do as an adult. As an adult, it is all too easy to give up your dreams and courage and become stuck in daily routines. Nothing will ever get accomplished if we stop dreaming.

“A man should never neglect his family for business.” If Disney said work-life balance is important, then it must be true, right? Work-life balance is important to consider when building an organization. Again, it is so easy to get stuck in daily routines. Families need support, and your family is one of the only things in life that will always be a part of your life. Take that day off, go see your child’s school play or your sick parent in the hospital. Work will still be there when you get back. And it is important for employers to realize that as well.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Along the lines of never stop dreaming, never stop being curious. There are so many questions in life, and so many things to learn. A good question or idea can help so many people. Business will never move forward without thinkers and doers.

Overall, Disney taught us a lot about both business and about life and his legacy will live on. He taught us to value children and strive to make their paths successful. He taught us to never stop dreaming, value work-life balance, and value curiosity. We all need to be a little bit more like Disney!

By Melissa Steele | People Science Talent Advisor I