It's All We Have

Happy 60th birthday jeff noel

Disney Institute Speaker jeff noel
Biking to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge this morning. (and hey, the upload issue wasn’t an issue)

How many reputations do you have?

Trick question.

If you live six decades, you’ve come in contact with many people.

How many reputations do you have?

Have you figured it out yet?

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Disney Leadership Book

It’s easy to make decisions

Disney Keynote Speaker
Last week.

It’s easy to make decisions when you know what your values are.  – Roy Disney


You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.

Easy to say.

Hard to embrace.


Deciding is difficult because decisions come with responsibility. It’s better and easier to not decide, our lizard brain says.

Responsibility can make us look like a hero if we handle it well (like physical health).

Responsibility can make us look like a hypocrite if we handle it poorly (again, like physical health).

So, oftentimes, it’s easier and better to not decide.

How to not decide?

Ask for more time.

If you have more time, you can move away from the decision.

Maybe someone else will make it for you.

Maybe it won’t need to be made at all.

Yeah, like what are the odds of our health becoming nothing to defend.


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Everything Is Important

Had to think for a moment, and it bothered me

WPS basketball playoffs
We “force” him to go to after school activities simply to be exposed to social situations.


Had to think for a moment, and it bothered me that i couldn’t instantaneously remember the fourth one.

  1. Honesty
  2. Behave admirably
  3. Personally responsibility
  4. Self-control

He learned the first one as a young boy, the other three were added over the years. Behaving admirably was added in elementary school. Three and four added during adolescence.

A teen’s attitude is shaped by many things. One of the most obvious, and most taken for granted, is the home.

PS. “Initiative” was added after entering ninth grade. On deck for this Summer is “fun”.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.


About Mid Life Celebration

If we’re lucky, a wakeup call will bring us to our knees

Teddy bear in starting blocks
Finland 2009.


Teddy Bear at Track meet starting line
This Teddy Bear has been traveling for a decade. Ski jumping is big in Finland.


The things my child needs to know, it’s my responsibility to teach it to him. But i get busy with a career and putting out life’s fires.

i was lucky, a wakeup call brought me to my knees.

Sounds cliche, but finally i started listening to my heart.

Disney (30 years worth) taught me the profound power in intentionality. About over managing things others under manage or ignore.

Life taught me the profound power of regret. And that regret breeds prolifically from excuses.

The marriage of those two – excuses and regret – produced my first book. It was written for a little boy (who turned 15 yesterday) in case something bad ever happened to his dad.

If i could give free copies to anyone wanting it, i would.

Not interested (anymore) in making money from this book. In fact, the proceeds are so small, it’s not worth the effort to compete for people’s precious attention.

But for reasons that readers share with me, i want as many people as possible to have a copy.

Next Blog

Guest Bloggers

I Love A Parade, By Lorie Sheffer, Guest Blogger

Photo: Lorie Sheffer

A few weeks ago I read one of Jeff’s posts about a young man with disabilities who was a member of a marching band. It reminded me of a story I read about in our local paper a number of years ago.

A young man of high school age had cerebral palsy. He wanted to be a member of his school’s marching band. This didn’t seem to be a problem, as he had someone who pushed his wheelchair in parades. Then the band began to include some intricate moves in order for a chance to win in field competition, and now this young man could possibly hold them back from their ultimate goal of collecting a trophy. They wanted him to sit on the sidelines and play from there.

A neighbor and I got into a discussion about this issue as it was being played out in the papers. She asked me, wouldn’t I be upset if my kids had worked really hard and were being held back from a possible trophy because of a person with a disability? I answered that I was pretty certain that my kids wouldn’t want to participate unless this young man could part of the group.

To this day, I don’t know who eventually won that trophy. I know that the band in question was not from the school district in which I live, but I cannot remember which district it was. I’m not even sure if the young man got to participate or not. Still, it leaves me with questions. At what point is winning not the most important thing? Are there greater lessons to be learned than perfect formations and hitting all the right notes? Is it better to be remembered for what we won, or how we treated our friends along the way? Should we reach out to those for whom life may not be so easy, or should we reach out for a chance at that brass ring, no matter whom we have to knock out of the way to get it?