The self-confidence of Walt Disney

Published February 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

    Nelly Favis-Villafuerte
Nelly Favis-Villafuerte

Many of us are familiar with Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts”, a comic strip that shares about heart-warming experiences, and real-to-life scenarios. Lucy, one of the characters in “Peanuts” sees the negative side of everything. And she is very liberal with her sarcastic remarks to Charlie Brown and Linus, two other characters of the comic strip. Lucy typifies the confidence shakers in this world. While Charlie Brown typifies people who just cannot do anything right because his sense of confidence is shattered by Lucy who does not see anything good in Charlie Brown. And so the phrase Charlie Brown complex has been coined to refer to the lack of confidence in oneself.

Rather than attempt to define self-confidence, I will share with you two incidents cited by John C. Maxwell, a world-famous writer and motivation speaker in one of his books on leadership:

“A five-year old boy was intently working with his crayons at the kitchen table when his mother walked in and questioned what he was doing. Her son replies, “I ‘m drawing a picture of God.”

“But honey,” she responded, “no one knows what God looks like.”

With great confidence the boy boldly stated, “They will when I’m done.”

The other incident is about a story narrated by a brother of Walt Disney. Walt Disney was an American who transformed the entertainment industry into what we know today. He has improved the quality of life not only in America but in other countries as well. Considered a folk hero of the 20th century, Walt Disney has brought joy and happiness to millions of people. He has created lovable animated characters including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Walt Disney possessed one of the most fertile and unique imaginations the world has ever known. Walt Disney died more than thirty years ago on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65 but people still remember his phenomenal creativity, his innovativeness, and his passion to entertain other people – evidently exuding his fantastic self-confidence.

Here is the story of Walt Disney when he was a fifth grader as related by his brother in the book of John Maxwell:

The teacher assigned the students to color a flower garden. As she walked among the rows examining the students’ work she stopped by young Walt’s desk. Noting that his drawing was quite unusual, she remarked, “Walt, that’s not right. Flowers don’t have faces on them.”

Confidently, Walt Disney replied, “Mine do!” and continued to work. And they still do; flowers at Disneyland and Disney Wor0ld all have faces.

Walt Disney has a taste and skill for drawing and painting with crayons and watercolors. Walt Disney was a pioneer of animated cartoon films. Remember the motion picture Mary Poppins? Walt Disney is the producer of this film that gained worldwide popularity.

Unknown to many, the world famous cartoonist participated as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross in France and Germany.

The man who exuded so much self-confidence holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards earned by an individual having won 22 Oscars.

And finally … Walt Disney’s legacy to the world amusement park industry is Disneyland which is a place where children enjoy a world of fantasy and make believe.

Have a joyful day!

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