During our lessons this week, we will talk about how Dedication can help us to overcome obstacles and adversity, using Walt Disney as an example. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“All the adversity in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” — Walt Disney (animation pioneer, film producer, theme park creator)
Walt Disney was dedicated to entertaining people. He started off by making short animated cartoons for silent movies. He was a pioneer in this area, eventually introducing sound, color, and feature-length animated cartoons into movies. He also faced adversity and many obstacles — these innovations were dismissed as foolish and impractical, and it was hard for him to get help and support. He was told that no-one would care about Mickey Mouse, and that Snow White was a feature-length waste of everybody’s time. Later on, when he started planning Disneyland, even his brother Roy told him it was too risky — he would be wasting his time and effort on a place no-one would really want to go. Disney still stuck with it — he was dedicated to providing the best quality of entertainment possible for the families that came to Disneyland.
- Do you think that Walt Disney worked hard and set high standards for himself and the people who worked with him?
- Was it this dedication that helped him overcome the obstacles to making his movies, and later to creating Disneyland?
- If you are dedicated to earning your Black Belt, what kind of obstacles do you think you will face?
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