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Happy birthday WED

Cool tee-shirt design.

Happy birthday WED.

What?

Walter Elias Disney.

Never gets old.

What?

The juxtaposition between today when this is written and later, when this is published.

The time delay is a unique contrast to reality.

It’s a wildly creative way to be present in a single moment multiple times.

Yesterday December 4, i was focused on the publish date, February 4.

Today, i’m focused on today December 5, 2019.

Life fascinates me because so much of what we can do isn’t dependent on any tradition or current standard.

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The day the Music died in 1966

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Walt Disney World…my hometown since 1982.

 

December 15.

The day the Music died in 1966.

Rest In Peace Walt Disney.

And thank you for personally enriching and transforming my life.

 

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What’s your Super Bowl?

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Walt’s wisdom transforms the work we do every day.

 

What’s your Super Bowl?

Nike has their new campaign with Colin Kaepernick.

At Disney, we have “I’m going to Disneyland”.

So yeah, right now, i’m just doing it – going to Disneyland.

.think .differently

.go

 

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Every day is day one

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Walt believed cleanliness and friendliness trumped everything.

 

Virginia Falls Glacier Park
Do you see it?

 

Walt Disney was not perfect.

He struggled with many things, like the rest of us.

Yet his ability to see the most important things clearly, and see a better tomorrow, made him the Customer Service legend he is today.

Ever notice how things at Disney Theme Parks look so fresh, new, like day one? It’s a philosophy that comes directly from Walt. Walt said…

Those sharp pencil guys tell you, ‘Walt, if we cut down on maintenance, we’d save a lot of money.’ But I don’t believe in that; it must be kept clean and fresh.  – Walt Disney

 

To Walt, the goal is clear, concise, and compelling…

To compellingly connect emotionally you must communicate his message of happiness through a pristine setting.

Day one refers to the vision, drive, commitment, passion, energy, and hope (the very first day you launch your company) that your product or service will change the lives of many people – possibly enough people to influence the world.

 

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News of Walt’s death in 1966 spread quickly

Walt Disney memorial
Photo: December 15, 2016 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, One Man’s Dream Attraction.

 

News of Walt’s death in 1966 spread quickly.

And today (the 50th anniversary of Walt’s untimely death)  reminded me of something many people don’t realize…

Frequently while facilitating “leadership vision” at Disney Institute, class participants would comment how sad it was that Walt never got to see Walt Disney World.

Early on, i created a simple response to illustrate the power of leadership vision:

Walt saw Walt Disney World clearer than anyone, that’s the only reason it’s here today.

He painted a picture of it that was too compelling to walk away from after his death.

We bought nearly 43 square miles (27,443 acres) for less than $200 an acre.

We bought it cheap, we could sell it cheap.

To transform 43 square miles of alligator, snake, and mosquito-infested swampland into the “Vacation Kingdom of the World” was borderline hallucinogenic.

At 73, Roy O. Disney (Walt’s older brother) came out of retirement and for five years, led the initial development – Magic Kingdom, two Resort Hotels, and a Campground.

Two months after dedicating Magic Kingdom to the World in 1971, Roy passed away.

 

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