After the flurry and hubbub of the holidays died down, I got back to reading it, a little at a time. Even though it is a very good book, I'm not such the avid reader that I "must finish it now". My wife reads that way, I don't. But I did take it along with me on my recent trip to Hawaii and California, and had some great reading time on the various planes associated with that trip. I've been reading a little bit each night for the past couple of weeks, and once again I'll say - it is a great book! Filled with all kinds of wonderful information about Walt Disney, the man, not just the personification that we've all come to know through various television features through the years.
The book, once again, is "How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life", written by Pat Williams, with Jim Denney.
I haven't gotten through each of the individual lessons yet, but wow, they are very good. I have studied Walt Disney and his body of work for years. This book helps to put a lot of what Walt experienced - his successes and failures - into such a great light. Especiallly now in this extended period of transition in my own life. Leaving the corporate world after nearly 20 years to branch out on my own was very scary at this stage of life - but you know what, I've learned to deal with it a lot better thanks to this book. I'm not trying to say that this book is the end all, be all - it's not. But it does have some great advice about how to tackle problems and better motivate yourself, thanks to many examples from the life of this one man who inspired millions with his stick-to-it-ivity. Pick up the book and read for yourself, and you'll see what I mean.
Here are just a few more lessons from the book, that are well worth applying to our own everyday lives:
- Take a Risk!
- Ask Yourself - "How About Tomorrow?"
- Live for the Next Generation
- Build Complementary Partnerships
- Stay Focused