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Walt Disney and His Special Secret to Success

special secret to BIGG Success“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”
~ Walt Disney

BIGG success is life on your own terms. We love Walt Disney’s terms of success. We thought we’d share a few thoughts on each of them:

Curiosity

Innovation stems from imagination. And curiosity is the source of imagination.

Walt Disney was certainly innovative. Just read his Wikipedia bio and count the number of times you see “first” associated with him.

Perhaps Disney’s secret to success lies in maintaining the child-like curiosity of his most ardent fans!

Confidence

Confidence must be built and maintained. Success breeds confidence, not success.

Confidence flows from belief. Believe in the goodness and importance of your vision. Most of all, believe in your ability to make the fairy tale come true.

Courage

For most people, the single biggest barrier to success is fear of failure. Winston Churchill said, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

It doesn’t take courage to act when you’ve won. It takes courage to keep going when you’ve suffered a defeat.

Disney’s first studio went bankrupt. The company we know was his second attempt.

Constancy

In an uncertain world, one of the greatest traits an entrepreneurial leader can demonstrate is constancy. People crave constancy of vision and values.

And you need it too. It reminds us of our favorite quote, by B.C. Forbes:

“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is the greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw from within. And the man or woman who has a star toward which to press cannot be thrown off the course, no matter how the world may try, no matter how far things seem to be wrong.”

What’s your special secret for BIGG success?

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Famous People Who Succeeded by Not Listening

image of an ear There’s a great page on the Emory University site called They Did Not Give Up. It shows things that were said to, or situations that were faced by, a number of famous people.

Some examples

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Success Came Slowly For This Fast Food Legend

By Bigg Success Staff
01-10-08

Did You Know?

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Did you know, that as a child …

… Ray Kroc, the founder of the McDonald’s we know today, was so prone to daydreaming, that his parents nicknamed him “Danny Dreamer”?

… he started his first business, a lemonade stand, while he was still in grammar school?

… he opened a music store, which closed several months later, while he was a freshman in high school?

… he learned to up sell while still in his teens working at his uncle’s soda fountain?

… he dropped out of high school after his sophomore year?

Did you know, as a young man …

… Ray Kroc lied about his age so he could join the Red Cross during World War I?

… he drove an ambulance for the Red Cross, as did another young man in his unit, Walt Disney?

… that after the war, he became a paper cup salesman, by day …

… and a piano player by night?

Did you know, as his journey continued …

… Ray Kroc was completely wiped out financially after an attempt to sell land in Florida?

… he went back to selling paper cups at the age of 25?

… that thirteen years later he started a company that sold milkshake machines?

… he struggled to make ends meet for seven years, until World War II ended?

Did you know, he was rejected …

… that the concept that became McDonald’s wasn’t Ray Kroc’s idea?

… he approached the originators, the McDonald’s brothers, with one purpose …

… to sell more milkshake mixers?

… he suggested that they open more restaurants, using his milkshake machines?

… the McDonald’s brothers rejected his pitch?

Did you know, success still came slowly …

… Ray Kroc suggested that the McDonald’s license him their idea, so he could open the restaurants himself?

… he was still focused on selling more milkshake machines, not on the potential of the fast food business?

… he nearly went bankrupt trying to get the restaurant business going?

… he realized he needed more money, which prompted him to franchise his business?

… he approached Walt Disney about putting a McDonald’s in his new amusement park, Disneyland?

… Walt Disney never responded to his pitch?

Did you know, he overcame all this …

… Ray Kroc was 52 years old when he started McDonald’s?

… by the time he started McDonald’s, he suffered from diabetes and arthritis?

… that it was sixteen years after he started his milkshake machine business?

… he had never achieved the success he thought he could until McDonald’s?

… he bought out the McDonald’s brother for $2.5 million in 1961, when he was 59?

… at the time of his death in 1984, he was worth over $500 million?

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