Walter Elias Disney was the 4th son of Elias and Flora Call Disney.
Walt was the 4th youngest child of 5 children. The others (in order of oldest to youngest) were Herbert, Raymond, Roy, and Ruth.
Walt was interested in art from a very young age, and would sell his drawings to neighbors for extra money.
Walt Disney’s father did not make a handsome living, so Walt never had a silver spoon in his mouth.
Elias would often beat Walt (as well as his brother Roy) with a switch or a belt in the woodshed on a daily basis as a way to motivate the boys to do more on the farm and “correct” bad behavior.
In some sense, Walt Disney and his company manufactured the idea that Walt was a kind man who was very happy.
Walt himself said,
I don’t have depressed moods. I’m happy, just very, very happy.
Quote from Walt Disney:
If you can dream it, you can do it.
December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966
Interesting facts about Walt…
Walt Disney was reputed to have a suspicious and controlling nature at times. He was not always a cheerful, happy go-lucky kind of guy, although the Walt Disney Company and Walt himself were only too happy to let the public think so.
It’s not hard to imagine some of the unhappy aspects of his personality came from the way his father treated him. Today we might even call it child abuse.
But Walt was driven to achieve, and you’re probably living in a bubble if you haven’t heard of the Disney brand, a testament to his vision and success.
Disneyland is so famous that Presidents, kings, and queens from around the world have visited Disneyland.
Walt Disney Quotes – 16 Famous Quotes for Achieving Your Dreams
Walt Disney On Being Yourself…
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
Walt Disney Quotes On Overcoming Adversity…
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
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.
Walt Disney On Goal-Setting…
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
Walt Disney On Persistence…
Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work it until it’s done and done right.
Walt Disney Quotes On Achieving Your Dreams…
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
Walt Disney On Teamwork…
Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort. The organization must be with you or you don’t get it done… In my organization there is respect for every individual, and we all have a keen respect for the public.
Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
Walt Disney On Humility…
We allow no geniuses around our Studio.
Walt Disney On Faith…
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
Walt Disney On Getting Things Done…
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.