Success Are You Determined
Author: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2011
Imagine a world without Disneyland - if Walt Disney had listened to those
around him we would never have Disneyland today. A lot of people thought Walt Disney's dream
was ludicrous. Imagine a theme park covering many acres of land.
Think back to the 1950's and imagine someone talking about a theme park.
People could not visualize the dream Walt had. It seemed like a bad
business idea where money would be lost.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney
Who would ever invest that much money for a park, and even if you found
investors how many people would actually come and visit such a theme park; especially where the main character was a mouse.
Many people laughed at his ideas while others told him it was impossible. There
was no such park like this, no model to follow, no business to show that this could
in fact be a profitable business venture.
What Made Walt Disney Different
had a dream, a strong determination,
and a strong belief. He had goals and a vision - he could imagine what others could not see. He made it happen. If he had listened to all those who told him his dream was impossible, we would not have the Disney resorts we have today.
"Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, work at it until it's done and done right." Walt Disney
I am sure he had doubts, and was tempted to believe what others told him, but his own vision was strong.
He invested a good majority of his money in making this dream of Disneyland a reality. And, of course he invested his time and energy.
If it didn't work he would have lost everything. But because his desire was so strong to make this dream
a reality he kept going and pushing. A lot of people would have given up, but not Walt.
And because of that
we have his parks that allow children and adults to enjoy them and have fun.
Millions of people have experienced
a vacation that Walt once dreamed they could have.
There are countless situations where individuals were told it was impossible,
yet they went on to achieve success. They didn't let others discourage them.
against great odds in some cases. In Disney's case his persistence and
perseverance paid off, he wouldn't let it go, he kept moving forward
with the plan he had in his head.
What You Think Determines What You Do
I believe it all comes down to your own outlook:
- if you think it is impossible, then it is; if you think it can be achieved, then what you see is not the impossible, but the end result. Many people have defeated themselves before they even started by thinking that their goal is not possible. And just as many people have had great successes because they believed that their goal was achievable.
- if you believe in yourself then you will find a way no matter what obstacles and challenges you face along the way. You will see these obstacles as opportunities. If you look at an obstacle as an opportunity you will find ways, you will use your creativity and find a solution that will solve the obstacle. Sometimes, obstacles are actually gifts, as they make us look at situations in a different way.
- and, if you are determined then you have a 90% chance of success. Your own attitude can determine your success or your failure. If you have determination then there is no stopping you. Determination gives us the ability to overcome challenges. It also gives us the belief that we can do it - no matter what anyone else thinks or believes.
Always keep Walt Disney in mind, use his success
encouragement to achieve your dreams. Stick with it, make your dreams
come true with hard work and belief that it is possible.
"Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal." Walt Disney
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Perseverance is what keeps your engine going, long after you run out of gas.
It's your crazy factor. It's also known as hunger."
"If you want your dreams to come true, it is important that you believe this is the kind of world not only where that can happen but where it is in the process of happening for you this very moment."
"You can only succeed when you are determined because with determination, you will be able to look for solutions to your problems even if it seems impossible to do."
"Your environments and settings matter. Set yourself up in an environment that encourages the building of self-discipline. Not one that sabotages yourself."
"Thousands of successful people did not achieve success on their first try, but they were not discouraged. They picked themselves up and went back at it with an even stronger, single minded tenacity to achieve their goal."
"Ask anyone who is successful in business and in life what the one thing they mostly attribute their success to and, nine-out-of-ten times, they’ll tell you a story of how they simply refused to give up."
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