Walt Disney: It All Started with a Mouse

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Who knew that the creation of one cartoon mouse would result in one of the greatest success stories all time, and it all started with an entrepreneur named Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a man who changed the world between his multibillionaire dollar companies including Disney movies, resorts and theme parks. He was a man who started from humble beginnings and has grown into a business mogul that set a standard for business and entrepreneurs for generations to come. The “American Dream” is viewed as success and accomplishment, usually associated with great amounts of money or assets. Although Walt Disney seemed like an idealist, was a true pioneer of the “American Dream”. Disney’s upbringing, business sense, ideas and personality all played a part in Disney becoming a model of the “American Dream.”
Walt Disney’s early life and attitude impacted how he became the success that he is today. He had a harsh childhood with a relentless father, “Walt sometimes received rough treatment at the hands of his father for little or no justification. Still, he found a way to bounce back, often seeking solace in fantasy” (Watkinson and Nutile). Walt was one of four boys and their father, Elias, was very strict with them. When delivering newspapers, if Walt missed a house his father would force him to run to the houses to redeliver it. “At times the cold and his tiredness would conspire, and Walt would fall asleep, curled inside his sack of papers” (Gabler). All this hard work forced Walt to grow up quickly leaving him with virtually no childhood. “Out of this Dickensian boyhood grew Walt’s vision of escape to a utopian world. That vision, of course, would inspire his animations and theme parks” (Karlgaard). However, later in life, Walt ...

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...“infinity and beyond ” to create a successful and lasting business. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” (Disney).

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that walt disney had a unique business sense and work ethic. his risk taking and hardworking attitude all pushed him to become the strong businessman.
  • Explains that walt disney's success came from two business ventures — disney studios and the walt-disney company.
  • Explains that disneyland is a prime example of disney's high level of care to the physical features of the parks and hotels, as well as the costumers' experience.
  • Explains that disney was the first company to synchronize sound and action in a short animated film. the company was unique because it didn't have to constantly push the tempo of the creation of new technology.
  • Analyzes how walt disney's "america dream" is all about risk and reward. his innovative films have won 22 academy awards, 4 golden globes, and produced billions in revenue.
  • Opines that walt disney was a great example of the "american dream" coming true. he accomplished things people only dream of despite the odds.
  • States karlgaard, rich, "seven lessons of walt disney." forbes.
  • Narrates watkinson, jim, and tom nutile's "innovation at work."
  • Explains that walt disney changed the world between his multibillion dollar companies including disney movies, resorts and theme parks. his upbringing, business sense, ideas and personality all played a part in his success.
  • Describes the 7 keys to disney's success in inside the magic kingdom, austin, tx: bard, 1997. hill, bob.
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