Disney on Procrastination

Quote Quiz

One must wonder if children around the world would be void of an important part of their lives had it not been for Walt Disney (1901 - 1966). Disney exemplified the qualities of a visionary leader.

Disney founded an entertainment empire, including movie, theme parks and television. Following his death his company would successfully enter into cruise lines and radio businesses.

Disney’s visionary leadership spurred the creativity in his company’s cartons by rewarding every idea with extra pay. He also is credited with developing "3D" cartoons by using multiple plates in the animation process.

Not everyone that is a visionary is such a great leader. Some become over burdened by perfectionism or by a desire to make their vision even greater and never get started on execution.

So how did Disney do it? “The way to get started,” he said, “is to ______________.” (Select the answer from these choices).

a. stop talking and begin doing.

b. simply take the first step.

c. surround yourself with the right people.

d. make sure you have all the facts.

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“The way to get started,” he said, “is to stop talking and begin doing”.

Disney’s workplace culture, based on visionary leadership, was the foundation to a major empire of childhood entertainment. Among the most major accomplishments for Disney was the building of Disney World in Orlando.

As the park was opening it is said his brother, Roy, was overseeing the project from the air. Circling the park he was told it was too bad Walt didn’t live long enough to see the park. Roy replied that Disney had seen the completed park long before construction even began - in his mind.

This quote can be used for an individual’s daily reflection, preferably in the morning to get their attitude focused for the day. It also serves as an anecdote for employee training in the areas of:

  • Taking initiative.
  • Goal setting.
  • Overcoming procrastination