“All our dreams can comes true—if we have the courage to pursue them.”
One of the most famous American entrepreneurs by far Walt Disney faced many obstacles and various challenges throughout our his life in order to make all of his dreams come true. As his famous quote emphasizes, we just need to have courage to pursue them. It is what the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz wanted and earned by the end of the movie. When one is courageous, they have developed within themselves a sense of self confidence and self efficacy in trusting their own abilities and believing in those abilities to succeed no matter what life throws at them. In essence, courage brings out a high level of self awareness in each of us.
To give you some more background on examples of Walt Disney’s courage and how he used this to face certain fears and challenges that he endured until he created his famous legacy we all know of today. From a young age Disney always had a an interest in drawing who took art classes all the way up until the age of 18. He made sure to find opportunities that would further enhance his craft by going to night school and even being his high school newspaper’s cartoonist.
Even when he was unable to fight in World War I against the Germans because of his age, he found a way to still contribute in the United States’ effort by joining the Red Cross exhibiting a level of courage to pursue what he believed in. When his tie was done there, he continued to work jobs where he was an apprentice’s artist in commercial advertising where this led him to meet another fellow artist which led to other opportunities to establish short lived companies just trying to get into the cartoon business. At no point during these early times did Walt give up no matter how many times companies would fold. He always had the belief that each opportunity would lead to another one.
Eventually all of Walt Disney and his partners hard work led to the successful creation of the Oswald the Lucky rabbit series. But when funding was being threatened to reduce, Disney walked away from it all to start again and that is when Mickey Mouse was born and the rest as we all know is history.
Each time Disney experienced any sort of hardship, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, he rose to overcome that challenge and was ready for the next one. That to me is courage. When life knocks you down, you find the strength and fortitude to fight back. Life will not always go the way we planned and we need to accept this. We all have courage within us and with that we also have dreams we want to pursue. The key is wanting and actually doing are two different things. Remember we are not just human beings, we are human doings. So dig down deep. How bad do you want your dreams to become a reality. Like the Cowardly Lion wanted to have “the nerve” to get what he wanted you need to as well. There is not a Wizard of Oz out there to give you this courage because like he found out, courage is already within us all. Find that courage and use it. Channel your self awareness now before it becomes too late.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?