Today I spent the morning working and am currently spending the afternoon with my pups and watching Netflix, with the balcony door open because it’s gorgeous outside. No activities have me outside the house today, so I found this to be a perfect time to share some motivation.
While watching Netflix, I came to a movie called Walt Before Mickey. Growing up on Disney movies and hearing my parents talk about his story to creating his amazing industry, I couldn’t help but watch it. Walt Before Mickey is an independent 2015 biographical drama film about the early years of Walt Disney and the book Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919–1928 by Timothy S. Susanin. At a young age, Walt’s father, who didn’t really support his drawing, got ill and his family relocated to Kansas City. After his first job as a drawer for a filming company, Walt began to start his own animation business with some great friends who were cartoonists at his previous job. Walt’s company Laugh-O-Grams bankruptcy and became homeless, making good friends with a mouse who found his way into Walt’s old office. Walt then moved to Los Angeles, CA to try again at creating his own business and asked his brother Roy Disney to help with the business side, which Walt admitted he was not very good at. Before almost hitting rock bottom again, on his way home on a train, with his then fiancé Lillian, Walt saw mouse ears in the clouds and drew up who became Mickey Mouse. It was a theatrical success; and thus, Walt Disney’s name was seen on the big screen, and his empire was born.
Merriam-Webster defines a dream to be “something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality” as well as “a strongly desired goal or purpose, something that fully satisfies a wish”. A dream is something you imagine, and can never be something molded by others. The manner at which you go about making your dream a reality may have mid-course corrections. But your dream is what you imagine abstractly and work to make concrete.
No matter the downfalls he came to, he never failed to ask for help and that people would continue to have hope in his dream. His best friend Ub from his first job, his fiancé Lilian, and his brother Roy were the only ones to stay and see his dream come to fruition. The lesson learned: dreams do not just materialize right in front of you. Working with a loyal support team, a network of teammates, is the only way to achieve your dreams. It has taken me years upon years for me to understand that a battle is not won with one person or even two. DON’T be afraid to ask for help. DON’T listen to negativity, but DO listen to guidance and honest assistance. DON’T tell yourself how hard it is, only what you see down the road. DON’T short change your potential, and laugh much, imagine more, and DO THE IMPOSSIBLE!