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Walt Disney Lessons: 10 Magical Ways To Make Your Dreams Come True

Walt Disney Lessons: 10 Magical Ways To Make Your Dreams Come True

Walt Disney was a showman. According to Time, he “received received more Academy Awards and nominations than any other person in history.” The Disneyland theme parks are truly magical kingdoms, for adults, as well as for children.

Here are some Walt Disney lessons in making your dreams come true, courtesy of the master of imagination, dreaming, and achievement himself.

1. Dream Big.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

– Walt Disney

Dream big

    What if money, time, looks, and gender were no object? What would your biggest dream be? Often we short-change ourselves. We listen to others’ put-downs, and internalize them. It’s hard to remember our dreams. Harder still, to imagine that we could achieve a dream. Take Walt Disney’s words to heart. Start dreaming. Then believe that you can achieve your dream.

    2. Be Courageous.

    “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

    – Walt Disney

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    Courage

      It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone. However, achieving your dreams always means that you’re doing things you’ve never done before. Practice being courageous. Today, do something you haven’t done before. Propose a new project to your boss. Send your crush some flowers. Being courageous doesn’t mean that you’re unafraid. It means acting in spite of your fear.

      3. Be Yourself.

      “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

      – Walt Disney

      Be yourself

        We all wear masks. We try to be what we think people want us to be. We try to emulate role models. What if you were just yourself? Discovering who you are underneath all the masks is challenging. It’s hard to be authentic if you’re not sure who you are. Just for today, do what pleases you. Say what you mean, rather than saying what you think someone wants to hear. However, be appropriate—being “like yourself” isn’t a license to be outrageous, or to say hurtful things.

        4. Stop Talking. Start Doing.

        “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

        – Walt Disney

        Doing

          You’re dreaming big. You’re inspired. You tell everyone about your dream. Stop! Keep it to yourself. Work quietly towards your dream. You don’t need validation from anyone, nor do you need permission. Be authentic, and do something today, which will help you to achieve your dream.

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          5. Embrace Competition.

          “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

          – Walt Disney

          competition

            Competition is essential to help you to achieve your dreams. If there were no competition, you’d have nothing against which to measure yourself. Competition makes you better and stronger than you might otherwise be. In business, competition fosters innovation. If you’re uncomfortable with competition, or envious of competitors, ask yourself why. Then do the best you can.

            6. Go and Get What You Want. Don’t Wait.

            “Cinderella believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

            – Walt Disney

            Act

              Forget wishing. No one is handed his dreams for free. You have to fight to achieve a dream. Expect to struggle. Ask yourself what price you’re will to pay—dreams always have a price. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Setting goals, making plans, and working toward your dream is wonderful. Enjoy the journey. When you’ve achieved a long-held dream, you find that while you appreciate the achievement, the memories of the journey are what make you smile.

              7. Do Your Best Work. Don’t Worry About Money.

              “Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work—then try to trump it.”

              – Walt Disney

              Do your best

                You’re poor. You can’t afford to take time off to get another degree so you can get a better job. The answer is to do the best you can, right where you are, and cling onto your dream. Life will give you what you want, when you least expect it: do your best work, every day. Then better your best. As Walt Disney says, “you don’t have to worry about the money.” Results will come.

                8. Don’t Quit.

                “The difference in winning and losing is most often… not quitting.”

                – Walt Disney

                Don't quit

                  You can’t succeed at anything without failing, and failing a lot. Failure is the way we learn. Here’s what Thomas Edison said: “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” Everyone fails his way to success. Look on your failures as speed bumps in your success journey, and keep going. Don’t quit.

                  9. Be Grateful.

                  “The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.”

                  – Walt Disney

                  grateful

                    What are you grateful for? We all have endless reasons to be grateful. What do you take for granted? Chances are that you’re blasé about your health, your comfortable home, your loving family, and about your job. Even if you have none of those things, you can be grateful for being alive. Studies have shown that gratitude improves your health, your relationships, and makes you happier.

                    10. Do Your Best.

                    “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it better.”

                    – Walt Disney

                    Why worry

                      Worry is anticipation; worry can help you to improve and do your best. However, once something is done, distract yourself from concern about the results. If you’ve gone through three interviews for a job, there’s nothing else you can do. Worrying about whether you get the job is pointless at that stage. Only worry when it serves a useful purpose.

                      So, there you have ten Walt Disney lessons. Apply them to your life. They’ll help you to make your dreams come true.

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                      Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                      50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                      50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                      Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                      It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                      It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                      Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                      Quotes for self-assurance

                      1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                        2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                          3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                            4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                              5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                  Quotes about positivity

                                  7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                    8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                      9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                        10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                          11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                            12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                              13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                Quotes for work and success

                                                14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                  15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                    16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                      17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                        18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                          19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                            20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                              21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                  23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                    24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                      25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                        26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                          27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                            28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                              29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                  31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                    32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                      33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                        34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                          35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                            36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                              37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                  39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                    40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                      41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                        42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                          43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                            44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                              45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                Quotes about money

                                                                                                                46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                  47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                    48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                      49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                        50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                          51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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