Walt Disney’s biggest risk was investing in things people never notice

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The colors were carefully and intentionally chosen.


Walt Disney’s biggest risk was investing in things people never notice.

People ask me what does it mean to over manage the details others either under manage or ignore?

The blog header colors intentionally symbolize something 99.99% will never understand:

  • Gray: We think with our mind, the gray matter
  • Brown: We move with our body, brown is the median human skin color
  • Red: We feel with our heart, everyone bleeds red
  • Green: We earn from our work, American currency is green
  • Blue: We dwell at our home, and deep blue is my favorite color

Why do it if most never notice?

Disney’s secrets for over managing a vibrant organizational culture are context neutral, meaning the prevailing wisdom that Disney uses can be used anywhere, even on my blogs.

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And That’s No Joke

Suomi Beach Chair? Guess Again
Suomi Beach Chair? Guess Again

Who are some of your favorite comedians? What makes them your favorites? Foxworthy, Cosby, Skelton, Chaplin, Carlin, Pryor. Seinfeld, Ellen.

So funny and so famous, they need only one name. Wonder if they wanted to be famous, or simply enjoyed making people laugh? Ever wonder when in their careers they felt destined to be famous?

After re-reading yesterday’s post a half-dozen times, I almost changed it, because it’s not only in action, but also in solitude, doing nothing, that we gain self-knowledge.

And that’s no joke.

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Winter Time In Finland
Winter Time In Finland

Two Hardest Things in Mid Life

Mid Life – the two hardest things:

“The two hardest things in life are failure and success”. — Unknown

Wow!  In reading this quote last night, I was struck by it’s truth.

I hate to fail. It scares the heck out of me. I’m not talking about losing a monopoly game. Ya with me?

I also get scared to death of success.

In speaking with Tiger Woods back in May 2008, I asked him, “Do you ever get tired of being famous”?

He responded matter of factly, “Since day one”!

It’s a risk I have to take.

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