5 Inspirational Life Experiences of Walt Disney That Will Motivate You

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Yesterday, I was indulging myself in my favorite bookstore and come across a regular series of Uncle Scrooge pocket book. Reading Disney related comic books is always an interesting thing to do for me. You may see that I have written several articles related to Disney properties before, and now is the time I should write some inspirational life experiences of Walt Disney himself.

Who doesn’t know Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse? Well, almost every person in the world has, at least, knows them. I am a big fan of Walt Disney’s creations and there is always a good moral lesson from Disney stories. He is responsible (in a good way) for the creation of numerous inspirational stories, life changing movies like The Lion King, Fantasia, or Frozen :)

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In case you are a fan of Disney or just looking for other inspiring articles related to the franchise, you can read it by clicking here.


Do You Know Walt Disney?

Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse”

Walt Disney on Mickey Mouse.

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First of all, let’s discuss a short biography of Walt Disney. Walt Disney, who has real name Walter Elias Disney, is a major figure in the world of cartoon and children’s fantasy. Not just kids, a lot of adults still like Disney properties.

Walt Disney was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901. His father was very harsh and he employed Walt Disney and his 4 sons as laborers, making 2 of his son ran away from home.

Since then, Walt Disney often felt lonely. In the sidelines of doing his job, he took the time to create an imaginary friend with a pen and papers. Until then, in the early 1920s, he created his first animated cartoon film.

Steamboat Willie starring Mickey Mouse is the first successful animated film he created in 1928. He got the idea to make Mickey Mouse while on the train to Hollywood. At that time, his business was in a state of very low and on the fence.

Steamboat Willie movie starring Mickey Mouse

In that time, he suddenly had visions of a mouse because he previously made silence short cartoons with animated mice. This vision is suggested from his pet mouse that he kept when he was a child. Thus, Mickey Mouse was born and later followed by other characters like Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, etc.

After a long journey, he finally opened Disneyland officially in 1955. From there he continued to jump-start his performance. Walt Disney passed away in 1966, but his works still continue to thrive to this day. His animation films are also countless. Moreover, Disney comics also have spread to 46 countries.

And Now, Let’s Learn The Inspirational Life Experiences of Walt Disney!

Inspirational Life Experiences of Walt Disney

I’m sure you can find a very detailed Walt Disney biography just by googling. However, there are certainly some Inspirational Life Experiences of Walt Disney that will motivate you.

Let’s check the list below:

1. Money is needed to pursue your dream, but of course, money is not everything

Yes, of course, we need money and people who are willing to help. But it will not work without the courage to start it all. One day, Walt Disney got bankrupt and out of money. To start his business, he needed funds. He finally tried to offer his work from one producer to other producers, until finally there was one who wants to finance the film and produce it.

2. You need strong leadership to manage your business 

It takes leadership skill in a business, and good storytelling is an exceptional ability that Walt Disney had. He made it clear about his vision and mission. With this kind of leadership, he managed to direct his team in making a film and inspire them to act. He can make the workers as if they were in a part of a story.

Read also: The top 10 qualities you – or your boss – should have to be a good leader.

3. Don’t give up on failure, continue to strive to achieve success

Each journey is doomed to failure, but do not ever give up on failure. Walt Disney also had experienced many failures like bankrupt or his work was not a success, but instead of giving up, he kept trying until he was very successful with his animation creations like “Mickey Mouse” and many others.

Read also: Learn about determination from the James Bond’s actor.

4. Having high resilience

Do you know, Walt Disney had failed at least 302 times before he finally succeeded. He continued to survive the downturn because he had a high resilience. Walt believed in his dream, he survived, continued to try and success was then he achieved.

Read also: 10 ways to become resilient like Jennifer Lawrence.

5. Believe in yourself

Believe in yourself even though others think you are crazy. Walt Disney proved to people that he is not crazy, it’s just that his idea is very different from other people’s thinking. He has a big dream, that’s why he convinced himself that he must be able to make it happen, no need to care for others. Just trust yourself!

So, What Have You Learned from Walt Disney’s Life Journey?

“That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.”

Walt Disney

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Yes, success is not easily achieved without great effort. You can find this in numerous successful people’s life story, and of course in the life journey of Walt Disney. Besides idolizing some of Disney’s franchise (or merely just know about them), you may also take the inspirational life experiences of Walt Disney as a good motivational source to achieve your dreams.

If you have some opinion about his inspiring life journey, do leave a comment here :)

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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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  1. Alex


    Failing over 300 times and still trucking forward demonstrates true resilience! This is a trait that I definitely need to adopt and nurture because I can think of many instances where I have given up after three or four attempts… Nowhere near 300.

    This just goes to show what can be accomplished if you stick through the rough times.

    I’m currently training for a marathon and resilience is what going to carry me through the training as well as the race itself.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Alex yes it’s true :) Even Thomas A. Edison ‘failed’ 1000 times and he still manage to find the lamp. I wish you success for your training :)

  2. Alyssa

    I grew up watching Disney movies every Sunday night. And I never knew about the man behind the mouse until now. Disneyland didn’t become a reality until Walt Disney was 54 years old. That is amazing. And I’m so impressed that he failed 302 times before getting to a “yes”. Just the inspiration I needed to start my day :)

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Alyssa, yes he is simply amazing and there a lot of successful people that face failures several time before finally reaching success :) The common examples are Michael Jordan and Thomas A. Edison. There are some other people who fall and rise several times too. You can read the article here. Thank you :)

  3. Guy

    I have heard about Walt Disney’s story before. It was said that he tried to borrow money from many banks to produce his first movie but no one wanted to lend him the amount he was asking. I don’t know how true this is. But they continued by saying that he didn’t give up and finally got the money. And it’s incredible to see that, like you said in your article, it all started with a mouse… Mickey. It’s a really inspirational character that Walt Disney. And I was a fan a Donald myself when I was a kid.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Guy. Yeah, it’s incredible. It all started with a mouse, and following after him are many, many unique and fun characters like Donald Duck and Goofy. I’m also a fan of Donald Duck :)

  4. Christine

    Walt Disney was certainly an inspiration to many generations and he is still doing so to this day. He is just one of many who have inspirational life stories.

    There are many of Walt Disney’s employees carrying on his legacy to this day. His movies and cartoons have entertained people around the world. I spent many an hour watching his cartoons on television in my childhood.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Christine, I agree with you. Even until now, his movies and cartoons always doing two thing: Entertaining and inspiring people of many generations. Like you, I also spent some of my hours at childhood to watch Disney cartoon series almost every day :)


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