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Last wakeup call you did what?

Disney speaker jeff noel in Glacier National Park
In the absence of a wakeup call, you can create conditions to simulate intense awareness.

Last wakeup call in 2008-09 (real estate/banking collapse) while you were at Disney Institute (DI) you did what?

  • Brainstormed a plan B in case there ever was another unexpected layoff.
  • Picked the best idea from the creative list
  • Stopped at SunTrust Bank on the way home from DI to seek “starting a business first step advice”
  • Visited SunBiz.org, registered my business and scheduled the LLC to begin January 1, 2009.
  • Grabbed some domain name real estate at GoDaddy in 2008
  • Installed WordPress.org and began blogging October 17, 2008.
  • April Fools Day 2009, began self-imposed, 100-day writer’s bootcamp to write 5 daily, differently-themed blog posts.
  • Created social media accounts, including Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • After a 30-year delay, wrote the first sentence to my book, finished it 2 years later, and after 2 more years of fear, mustered the courage to publish it Thanksgiving 2013.
  • In 2008, made a promise to retire from Disney in 6 years at age 55, and begin a solo speaking/writing career in earnst.
  • Now at at 60, after 5 incredibly transformational solo years, my one-month-ago-Disney-retired wife (35 years at WDW) and i are blessed to be able to ride out Covid-19.
  • As a currently unemployed speaker, there’s solace in knowing Covid-19 will pass.
  • My/our hope for the future has never been greater.

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Back To The Future

Cut yourself some?

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slack is on a mission to replace email at work. This is my summary, not slack’s. The logic is sound. The scale will require time.

Cut yourself some slack?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Being prepared is your responsibility.

Every wakeup call, no matter the degree, is your opportunity to pay attention and put structure and process in place to be more prepared the next time something completely unexpected happens.

Obviously, we can’t plan for everything.

Or can we?

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It's All We Have

Creating personal vibrancy secret

At Disney, we look for right-fit talent. Right-fit for our culture. We hire for attitude, not aptitude. You need to be a right fit for personal vibrancy – your attitude matches your desire and determination.

The ability to learn, unlearn, relearn, and apply determined, focused, and disciplined effort – these people have mastered their superpower – the ability to adapt, change, and improve.

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Thankfulness

Legal exceptions

Disney Institute speakers
Celebration Place, yesterday, April 2, 2020. It was a 26-mile roundtrip from home bicycle ride.
Celebration Place 220 Building
Celebration Place 220 Building, former home to Disney Institute, and my former office too.
Celebration Place 220 Building
Just catching the light in a different way. With Covid-19, the pace of life is slower and it was fun to notice this.

Legal exceptions for Covid-19, in light of the present Statewide mandatory stay at home self-quarantine orders:

  • Grocery store visits.
  • Other essential services.
  • Exercise.

Leaning heavily on daily exercise.

Attitude and physical health are inextricably linked.

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Would Your Life Change?

Personally exploit Disney business wisdom

Personally exploit Disney business wisdom in your private life.

What?

Take dates, milestones, anniversaries, launches, holidays, and so on.

That’s what i did yesterday, April Fools Day.

There’s a story around me being a fool to think i could write five daily, differently-themed blog posts for 100 consecutive days. My previous goal for 5-a-day writing was two consecutive days.

Yet accomplishing that goal would provide much needed writing practice to write my first book.

And part of the narrative is how two previous, “No, this time i really mean it” writing attempts failed miserably.

And then there’s retiring from Disney on Halloween so i could say, “After 30 years at Disney, it was really scary to leave.”

Also intentionally chose December 31 (the biggest drinking day in the world) over January 1st to quit drinking. By the way, that was also my third, “No this time i’m really going to quit.”

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