Got today’s Passport?

Antique Paper Disney Theme Park tickets
Cast Member exclusive “Comp” tickets (Passports). Circa 1989.

Try this.

Close your eyes and breathe deep and slowly exhale.

Then, with conviction, say the next three-sentence-sequence five times.

  1. I feel happy.
  2. I feel healthy.
  3. I feel alive.

How do you feel now?

You’re welcome.

Pro tip: This three-sentence mantra is especially powerful when said the second you wake up. Also, say it five to 10 times, slowly. Let it sink in each time you say it.

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Disney’s Celebrate You

Disney Leadership speaker, his wife, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Jeff (30) and Cheryl (36) share 66 combined Disney Years of Leadership and Service.

Three days after the Disney Retirement party, Walt Disney World honored all the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year Cast Service Awards at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on a single night, massive scale.

As a Disney Executive, Cheryl had double duty: hosting honored Cast Members in her Human Resources Division as well as being an honored and celebrated Cast Member herself.

This annual tradition is generally held near calendar year end. It has become so large that an entire Disney Theme Park is required to host the thousands of Cast Members, their Guests, as well as the Disney Executive Leadership Team and Catering and Events Team.

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Why 30 years at Disney, not 40?

Disney Institute speaker retirement party
Love the juxtaposition of real photo and the reflection of the real photo. Got a photo of me taking a photo of me.

Why 30 years at Disney, not 40?

Simple.

Our son was about to enter High School.

Disney Institute (DI) was requiring (expecting) more frequent travel, to more distant locations, for longer durations.

Didn’t want to wake up in four years and our Son’s life launches him on a trajectory (like me when i graduated HS) whereby he never returns home to live.

Note: Could have transferred out of DI Delivery Operations and secured a position back in Hotel Ops. Could have stayed the 40 years at Disney and retired in 2024.

Turns out, was born to teach but never knew it until 1999, at age 40.

Turns out, was born to be a ship captain not a deck hand.

Turns out, was willing to “burn the ships” to ensure what roughly 3-5% succeed at – building a sustainable, long-term enterprise.

Hidden track: The Disney layoffs from the 2008-09 Great Recession were the catalyst for considering what a Plan B looks like.

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Disney career last day

Lifetime Disney Cast Member Jeff Noel
My last day began in the dark. West Clock 7am. October 31, 2014. Halloween. Pretty scary.

If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough.

dad

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Furlough City

Seth Godin book
It’s always our turn. How cool is that?

Furlough City.

Legions of people are furloughed.

i’m one of them.

This is the Universe’s way of reminding each of us, “Hey, you’re up. It’s your turn.”

What?

It’s your turn (and my turn) to figure out something that will change our life.

A change we would have never discovered without this radical historical event.

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