Creators and dreamers have always had their way to play well with the whirlwind within my mind.
There’s the story of a boy raised in a Kansas farm, who was sent to war at the age of 17 and at 22 we can see him arriving at Los Angeles with nothing but 40 dollars in his pocket and a cardboard suitcase packed with hopes, plans and dreams. He had been fired from his job in a Kansas newspaper due to ‘lack of creativity’. He would also face bankruptcy later on before being able to make things work.
‘You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.’
This young man was not an ordinary one. The world would later remember his name as one of the most renowned entrepreneurs. The studio named after him is still producing spectacular films for kids and grown-ups. The theme park he created is welcoming families for the most magical experience a man can imagine.
You have guessed correctly, I am telling you about Sir Walter Elias Disney. Ever since I was a kid, I have quoted him passionately when being asked what my motto was.
‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’
This very quote was written on my calendar in my childhood room. I kept rewriting and reciting it until today. I grew up with Disney waiting for their animated movies on the weekend TV hour. I remember my first visits to the cinema when they released ‘The Lion King‘. I learned to read out loud well with a book for Simba. I started drawing my first characters by copying ‘101 Dalmatians’ & ‘Lady and the Tramp’ puppies. And then, of course, pretty soon I was improvising and painting my very own doggies, cats, horses, bats, magical creatures. I am just one of the many kids inspired by Disney works.
‘You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.’
Walter had a vision. He also knew that a team can achieve much more than a single man, no matter how talented he is. It would be too dull and grey, haven’t been the ‘Nine Old Men’ united. Being on a creative team, exchanging ideas, sharing experience is a boost for the design process. ‘Imagineering’ is another term straight out of the Disney vocabulary. There were three chambers where the projects were discussed before production. First starts the ‘Dreamer’, then goes the ‘Realist’ and the final saying has the ‘Critic’. The description of this method can be found in other sources on the web. Many lessons can be learned from Disney, but I would rather let you explore on your own now.
‘We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.’
Have an inspired day, fellow travellers! Be both the Dreamers and the Doers!