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Friday, November 26, 2010

Risk and Faith


It's a rarer thing than I realized to look at a person or a place or a thing and see the potential.
The ability to know when to take a risk, to jump after a good thing- unusual.
But I believe this is how people create new things.
This is why you remember Steven Spielberg, The Beatles, Theodore Geisel (or Dr. Suess).
They were innovators. Risk takers. And years later, their work is still a staple, a landmark. That's the kind of impact I'm interested in.


When Walt Disney headed to Hollywood, he was only 21 years old and had already survived one bankruptcy.

The early flop of The Alice Comedies inoculated Walt against fear of failure; he had risked it all three or four times in his life. Walt's brother, Roy O. Disney, was already in California, with an immense amount of sympathy and encouragement, and $250. Pooling their resources, they borrowed an additional $500, and set up shop in their uncle's garage. Soon, they received an order from New York for the first Alice in Cartoonland(The Alice Comedies) featurette, and the brothers expanded their production operation to the rear of a Hollywood real estate office. It was Walt's enthusiasm and faith in himself, and others, that took him straight to the top of Hollywood society. (Read the rest of Walt's biography)

Understand what that means.
He tried. He risked. He believed.
He even had a family.
And the face of entertainment and leisure and arts have been forever impacted by one dude.
Understand what that means.

And before I forget, let's mention that when Walt was trying to start an animation company...
...his brother saw it. Potential.

Are you running away from risks?
Are you blind to potential?
Getting a job with Disney today is legit.
In 1922, it was a risk.
And who was his first employee? Lillian Bounds.
She'd eventually become his wife and named Mickey Mouse.
Potential.


I feel like risk and faith are kind of intertwined.
Taking life advice from a burning bush. 
Getting out of the boat and walking on the water.
Dousing your altar sacrifice in water before lighting it on fire.
Choosing the extraordinary road is a risk. 
What if you get into Egypt, you walk right up to the Pharoah and he kicks you out of town?
What do you do then? Sometimes God shows up, just like He promised, and handles business.


Wisdom from a man who changed the world:

I believe in being an innovator.

I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things. 

I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.  

It's no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment. 

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. 

3 comments:

gschof said...

you're ready. i know it. and i'm excited for you. be risky. jump in.

Rupert Grint said...

I will find you.

MeLissa said...

Rupert. Let's expedite this process.
I'll send you my address. We've got history to make.