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Continuously Moving Forward Leads Us To New Pathways
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
There is an old familiar proverb used to warn us of unnecessary dangers due unnecessary investigation or experimentation: Curiosity killed the cat. A little violent I know but its merely to serve as a piece of advice. Do I necessarily agree with this advice? Not necessarily because being curious does not always lead to bad things especially when you have a certain end goal in mind.
Walt Disney always led his life with a sense of curiosity and often made the impossible possible. He even had another quote where he actually said “It is kind of fun to do the impossible” but that is quote to be looked at and analyzed for another time. However, the purpose of today’s quote is by continuing to move forward, it leads us to new opportunities. This can only happen if we cure our own curiosity by opening doors that were once thought to be closed that lead towards new pathways. Our moral compass can only continue to evolve if we cure our own curiosity because if we don’t, we will always question what might have been. Can you live with that? I can’t.
“It all started with a mouse.” This saying often makes reference to the legacy and greatness of Walt Disney. If Walt Disney never cured his own curiosity of what possibilities were out there after creating Mickey Mouse, things like Disneyland, Disney World, in fact, the whole enterprise from countless movies to numerous resorts and attractions would never have come to fruition. His curiosity opened new doors that entertainment had never seen before and revolutionized the industry forever. After the creation of Mickey Mouse, he wanted to create the first animated feature in full color and sound. The result? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This led to Academy Award and many more animated films. Once this had gained momentum this led him to cure his other curiosities in the areas of television and theme parks. Again, by trusting his instincts, this led to the successful run of the Mickey Mouse Club and the opening of the theme park Disneyland.
Walt Disney’s ability to judge what was right and wrong led to his strong decision making capabilities and ethical behavior. Did every new door he opened lead to new pathways? In my opinion they did because even if things did not turn our right at first it led him to opening a different door which got him back on a new and correct pathway. Remember, in life there were always be bumps in the road and not all doors will lead us to the promise land. But that’s the beauty behind it all. Through your own moral compass, we get to alter our course. We have the power to decide. Don’t let things that happen to you in life stifle your curiosity. Be adventurous. Carpe Diem: Seize the day.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?
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