They Said Walt Disney Had No Imagination

Who could say that Walt Disney had no imagination? It was once said about him. No matter what others may say or think you can still achieve great success! Discover how you too can overcome others opinion of you.

Walt Disney and Mickey
Walt Disney and Mickey
Have you ever wondered what comprises the crucial difference in the way people respond to life’s challenges? A major segment of the world’s population has been bathed in frail attempts that are inundated with half-hearted efforts. No one ever truly succeeds by trying. Somehow, the word ‘try’ gives me a vivid picture of a rope attached to it, leading back to the comfort zone of mediocrity. To try something is an uncommitted or reluctant approach to accomplish one’s objective. If a person is committed to their dream or family or business pursuits, they will cut themselves off from all sources of retreat—leaving them with one option, to win. When a person has an unwavering devotion to a belief in their heart, even if they fail time after time, they will continue to get up and resume their unwavering devotion to their belief.

Bankrupt

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because the editor felt “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Several times, he went through bankruptcy before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was initially rejected by the city of Anaheim because they felt that it would only attract people of low social status.

They told Sidney Poitier to wash dishes

The first African American Academy Award Winner for Best Actor, Sidney Poitier was told after his first audition by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” It was at that moment, recalls Poitier, that he decided to devote his life to acting.

A world of difference

There is all the difference in the world between the expectations of the person who has committed him or herself to their life’s purpose without reservation and no matter the sacrifice and has vowed to see his or her aspiration to the end, and the person that goes about his or her objective halfheartedly. Apathy is the enemy of achievement and the antagonist of pursuit.

The challenge of failure

Failure usually affects people in one of two ways: It serves as a challenge to greater effort, or it subdues and discourages a person from trying again. How a person reacts to circumstances reveals both the brilliance and intensity of their drive or the lack thereof. Obstacles and challenges are not what relegates a person to poverty; their mindset is what places them in the prison of hopelessness. Many people accept their lot as inescapable and go through life wearing dispossession as a shackle.

Rising above the hardships

I realize that in times past, African Americans, American Indians and Hispanics have been systematically excluded and/or allowed limited participation in the American Dream. Yet there are many who have risen to a wealth and educational status despite the efforts of some Americans to prevent these accomplishments from happening. Obstacles and opposition are a part of life; and millions of Americans had better get used to it. I am convinced that the chains of mental slavery and the segregation from the success of living ones dreams is arguably the most horrendous transgression any person can confer on oneself. Fortunately, since this mental incarceration is self-induced, the solution to these barriers lies within our power to free ourselves.

Conclusion

God gave you the power to create the framework of your life by the way you think and believe; but He also gave you the power to change it.

Recommended Reading:

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Believe what you know

Have you ever thought about the amount of information you have strolling around in your head? If you have lived any considerable amount of time on God’s green earth, chances are you have collected huge amounts of data. Most likely, you have accumulated knowledge from practically every trade and profession. Even if you do not have a degree or a journeyman’s license in a particular field of study, your brain can figure out some portion of how to perform in any given area.

What amazes me is how people can know something and second-guess themselves. It is not that people do not believe in the answer that should be given in response to a question, they simply do not trust their capacity to retain the knowledge and regurgitate it at any given time.

Insecurity is common among people who are familiar with living their lives in the bed of uncertainty. Humans are not much different from computers. In fact, computers are fabricated, artificial substitutes for human inadequacies. Just as computers are designed to receive data in order to spit out calculations and other information, humans need data to be able to think, act and react, feel and grow. Humans are not limited, computers are.

Man can think, reason, and figure out complex problems that may not have anything to do with numbers, and he can perform everything he was created by God to do. Man invented computers and all of its capabilities. Just who do you think wrote the encyclopedias, dictionaries, and came up with Google?

Humans have fashioned great architectural designs and inventions. Engineers and structural engineers calculated weights, loads, capacity, distance and other needed information for constructing well before computers and calculators entered the mind of man. Contrary to popular belief, you can do anything you think and believe you can do.

Use your mind to think and imagine and your heart to believe what you are capable of performing. Stop second-guessing yourself or waiting until you are absolutely sure before you step out on a limb, start a business, or get married.

Believe you me, you know more than you think you know; you can do more than you think you can; and you can have more than you already have. There is an old beer commercial that used to air on television that said, “You only go around once in life, so you have to reach for all the gusto you can.” I finished this phrase by saying, “From now on, I am going to be a gusto grabber.” Either you choose to go for the gold or you simply try to compete

The Death of Dysfunction

Dysfunctional is a word to indicate the failure to function properly or a disturbance in the usual pattern of activity. In other words, there is a breakdown in the standard operational system of a person, family, business, or machine.

We live in a dysfunctional society where every family experiences it and every system or machine will eventually surrender its flawless record to it. Nevertheless, how do we manage our failure to function properly especially when we are facing challenges that seem to match up well with our personal strength? How can we account for the many advantages lost because of our ignorance?

I have embraced the fact that where there is an absence of functionality, dysfunction steps out of its shadow as a surrogate standard. People psychologically adjust to things falling apart in their lives, and thus they anticipate the failure. Therefore, they can find no reason to combat against what they consider the inevitable. On the other hand, these people most likely have not been tutored by a well-informed mentor on how life is supposed to work.

Most people do not realize this, but marriage was not intended to be combat zone. Nor were people given a limit as to the amount of money one can make. These are just a couple of areas where our system of belief breaks down and fails to function according to plan. If a person does not submit to their own devised standard to govern their life, one will be automatically adopted involuntarily.

You cannot have dysfunction without first having functionality. In other words, your marriage once worked, your income once sufficed, your self-esteem was once up, your dream was once alive, etc. You see, things had to function before there was a breakdown. How can a person manage the severity of their dysfunction? Easy, stop making excuses for why things fail to go according to plan. I realize that a person cannot control everything, but the things they can control should be personally pursued, placing a firm handle on it while guiding its intended outcome. Facing failure is not failure at all; capitulating to it is! This write up is entitled, “The Death of Dysfunction.”

Failure leads to Success

The road to success is littered with failure. Failure is a part of the process to archiving great success. Thomas Edison is a great example of this principle in action.

How do you deal with failure when its effect can be so devastating to your psyche? I am sure that you are aware of the encompassing feeling of discouragement that seems to drain you of the energy that is necessary for the next challenge. Especially when your attempts are consecutive failures, you have a tendency to protect yourself by excusing your disappointments instead of dealing with their affects on your mental stability.

How you look at your circumstances is important to whether or not you will muster up the strength to go at it again. I cannot over emphasize the value of a failed attempt. That’s right. I said that there is value in failure. How else can you learn to persevere if you never experience the kind of challenges that test your resolve and tenacity to fight until accomplishment has been achieved?

Discouragement is an emotion (negative feeling in motion) that can be altered by the will to win; and failure can easily be overcome with constant attempts. The more you fall short of your goals, the more you learn concerning what not to do.

Thomas Edison tried over 700 times to come up with a bulb that can cause light. If Thomas Edison stopped on the 700th attempt, he would have probably never achieved the notoriety and confidence to accomplish all the other patents he owned over his life span. The light bulb would have eventually been developed by someone else who exerted him or herself to overcome their failed attempts at the bulb’s invention.

The rewards of success are capitulated only to those who persevere over failure and accomplishment. Therefore, do not use failure as a reason to quit, but the motivation to try harder because your failures can only make you smarter and privy to information you would not otherwise have accumulated.

Success: Is it your choice?

Are there ever any legitimate excuses? Do you find yourself constantly explaining away the reasons why you are unsuccessful or why your life is in disarray or the reasons why you are unhappy? It is a sure bet that your reasoning is actually a series of lies that you tell yourself to avoid facing painful truths.

The path of least resistance is to make an excuse and tolerate our situation rather than to face our fear of an unpleasant truth. Fear of punishment or the consequences of our actions also plays a part when we chose to avoid our own accountability. We are forever doomed as victims of circumstance until we make a conscious decision to deliberately create a new circumstance free of excuses and blame.

Honest self-examination is the most difficult and painful step in breaking down the barriers that confine us to a life of mediocrity or worse. Recognize your shortcomings and failures from the past and forgive yourself. Stop being a felon and turn yourself in. The system that you have chosen to live your life by is self-incriminating.

Excuses work like a pacifier. A pacifier does not confront the true problem; it simply addresses the issue of the crying. Stop the blame game, because to blame is lame. Be accountable and forthright in your actions.

Success cannot be realized as a result of the failure of others, so stop blaming them. I hope that I have helped you to identify and eliminate your top three excuses. You can now consider yourself on the road to recovery. If you do not like your circumstance, only you can chose to create a new one. Success is in YOUR Hands!

The One Mistake that Most People Make

What type of lifestyle are you really interested in living? What do you want to accomplish with your finances, marriage, or business? Do you desire to live the lifestyle you have only dreamt; or are you only looking to win the lottery, which is your shortcut to success? Have you ever heard the old maxim, “If you continue to do the thing you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got.” How do you help someone who knows what they are doing wrong?

Many of these people can tell you all of their shortcomings and give reasons to why they are not successful; but if they are aware of their problems why is there no strategic action to correct it? Are they looking for solutions to fall out of the sky?

I have worked with many could-be-millionaires down through the years and have learned that these people cannot tell you how to do what is right because their reference point is only failure, not success. They can figure out what is right to do; but these people usually have a difficult time trying to figure out how to do what is right. My heart goes out for many people who think like this because I really want to see them do well.

The remedy for helping them is that they must be willing to listen to sound advice from a qualified mentor and refuse to say, “I know!” When a person continues to voice what they would like to do, they are actually pointing to the realization that they do not have a clue as to how to do it. A person’s situation can change for the better if they will only stop talking about their problem and ask a qualified source for help. Silence is the key when wisdom is speaking.

Creating Wealth?

I believe that most people do not believe that working a job is exercising their ability to create wealth. One of the reasons for this is that they do not love their jobs.

If your job is an occupation, it is simply there to occupy your time. If your job is a vocation, then it is fulfilling a calling.

What is the difference between a prostitute’s job and your job? Not one single thing! She is doing what she feels she has to do in order to survive; and you are doing what you feel you have to do in order to survive.

Neither of you like what you are doing, but you do not believe that you can do anything else and make money.

The most difficult bad habit to break is the one concerning you. People generally do not like themselves, nor do they believe in themselves. We are so accustomed to following our history of failure instead of focusing on our vision or dream ahead of us.

It does not matter what you do in order to make money, you are exercising your God-given talent to make money.

Though I do not agree with what the prostitute does, she is at least ensuring that she does not starve. The odd thing about your ability to create wealth is that you are not deliberate in your aim toward what you really would like to do.

You do not have to immediately quit your job to live your dreams. Achieving your objective to make more money to pay off bills or so that you can give more to your church is noble.

Moreover, unless your dream business is producing more income than your job, I advise you to hold on to your bread and butter. You will know when it is time to toss your regular 9 to 5 job.

Trust in God and believe in the God who resides in you, and you can accomplish the desire of your heart.

Balance, faith, and patience are needed for Success

If balance is the key to life, then, faith is the power of life, and patience is the virtue of life. It is quite easy to talk about how one’s life needs balance; but how to achieve it has escaped the majority. Achieving balance is very difficult because it involves knowledge, wisdom, tenacity, and action. In your Bible, the book of James says that we must not be hearers of the word only, but also doers of the word. This is where the problem comes into the equation. Most Christians are good at hearing the word, but lousy at doing it. Balance, then, is formed out of the Word of God immediately made actionable. Faith is the power of life because it produces the ability to be tenacious. Power is power; and it has no alternative to its strength and supremacy. Faith rests in its own pool of authority, and it is the force behind every movement and action. Patience is the virtue of life. It is the quality of character and the strategy in winning. The Bible says that the trying of your faith produces patience. Patience is needed in order to qualify the balance in one’s life; or else everything will be done in life without forethought and purpose. Since most Christians are good at hearing the word of God (instructions) and terrible when it comes to obeying it, failure is frequently inevitable. Balance is not leveling every quality off to the same degree; it is placing the importance on each quality regardless of its magnitude. When balance is achieved, it looks like the display of an equalizer. Perfect harmony is realized because balance has been accomplished. This kind of action results not only in life becoming manageable, but also victorious.

Business is the Quintessence of Exchange and Transacting

Business is the quintessence of exchange and transacting. In the Greek, business means to gain by means of one’s activity or investment; specifically, it means to earn, gain, or make a profit.

Business is the quintessence of exchange and transacting. In the Greek, business means to gain by means of one’s activity or investment; specifically, it means to earn, gain, or make a profit. As he sought to make the message of God clear, the Apostle Paul drew from BUSINESS, government, warfare, athletics, and labor. Exchange and transaction in business includes such things as the issuance of a title deed, the credit and debit side of a ledger, the forfeiture of what was thought to be a gain, the earnest money paid down in the transference of property, a receipt marked “paid in full,” a last will and testament, or a broken contract. In warfare, business takes place as well; it is the soldier, his weapons, his armor, his shield, and his wages. The business of government involves the commonwealth, its citizens, and their responsibilities and privileges. All of these dealings (business) appear in the Apostle Paul’s writings. He used dichotomies such as the slave and the skilled artisan, the finished product and the possibility of that work being rejected by an employer because of its failure to meet specifications to make useful illustrations. For Paul, these illustrations were familiar to Roman citizenry, and were ideal mediums to preach the gospel. In the realm of athletics, he used symbols such as the racecourse, the runners speed, the crown of oak leaves that graces the brow of the winner, the desperate, agonizing efforts of two wrestlers, and the concerted team work of one group of athletes against another to epitomize the relentlessness of the exchange occurring in business. Paul was a scholar and a man of books who was trained in Greek schools; yet he spoke and wrote the language of the average person as he preached the Word of God. Paul understood that life is business.

Success begins with belief

The power to believe is the most explosive energy that can be released in the heart of a person. Neutrality is the position of belief; its force will move in the direction that a person aims. The effects of belief are just as powerful when moving toward negativity as it is when it’s targeted toward positive things. Nonetheless, believing is everything when it comes to success. What you choose to believe makes all the difference between failure and success. Henry Ford was the man who said, “The man who believes that he can and the man that believes he cannot are both right.” Your life story is not written with a pen, but with your actions. To do nothing is the way to be nothing. I have learned to never place a question mark where God places a period. Believing something does not make it so. You can believe that there is a Santa Claus, but that does not make it so. Believing is the first step toward accomplishment. However, accomplishment comes when you have faith for what you believe. Jesus said, “Believe in God, believe also in Me…” The initial aim of your believing should be to believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit do exist. Then, you must believe in His word, His prophets, and last, yourself. Believing in this order solidifies why you should believe in yourself. As you believe in this order, your heart will burst into a thousand suns of energy to accomplish anything you set your faith to believe. Only then are all things possible to him that believes. Dare to believe; and faith will find a way for it to happen.