Success Defined by Disney

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    Posted on Thursday, Apr 20, 2017
    When talking about how to define success, the most common answers come from military officers, religious figures, and politicians. However, I think some of the most important lessons about success come from people geared toward children. So many people lose the most valuable qualities when they grow up. Qualities like individuality, curiosity, and creativity. They become scared to be themselves, try new things, or make mistakes; forgetting that it is these things that make them who they are. Walt Disney embodied all of these qualities and these lessons permeated all of his works. Despite his death, his legacy has continued to be woven throughout all Disney products, most notably, through quotes from some of  the most loveable characters.

    Some of my favorite Disney movies are Ratatouille, Meet the Robinsons, and Zootopia, because of the struggles their characters face on the road to success.

    Chef Gusteau of Ratatouille reminds us to “be imaginative, strong-hearted…try things that may not work, and not let anyone define [our] limits because of where [we] come from. Your only limit is your soul.” His quote helped Remy to realize his potential and pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

    In Meet the Robinsons, Lewis is hung up in his past, until he visits the future. There, he realizes that until he lets go of the past, he won’t have a future. He teaches us to “keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

    In Zootopia, Judy Hopps comes to Zootopia hoping to be a success right away as the first bunny cop. However, she quickly realizes it's going to take a little more than she first thought. She reminds us that “Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes…And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be…Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.”

    Walt Disney embraced who he was and became one of the most successful and influential people of our time. He faced struggles, rejection, and disappointment, all the while never losing his creativity, curiosity, and individuality. It was these qualities that made him a global phenomenon, and these qualities that he is tried to instill our society. One of my favorite quotes from Disney himself is “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Disney never ceases to remind me that I can be anything I want to be, if I keep these qualities in mind.

     
    By: Aubree Lee, College of Agriculture
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