If you are anything like me, you grew up on Disney Movies. Hard to pick a favorite, right?! Even as an adult, you can sing every line to A Whole New World, put off the trip to Costco when you notice The Little Mermaid on ABC’s Family line up and are totally okay with your kid watching Rapunzel for the 3rd time that weekend.
Disney can teach you a lot about life – mainly for me, they show children that while life does, well suck, sometimes, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Here are some of the biggest take aways from our beloved classics:
Kindness conquers all. Act appropriately, even when surrounded by bad behavior.
- Sleeping Beauty
Bravery can lead to the greatest rewards. Do not let the failures of those that came before you decide your path in life.
Be honest. And remember – achieving success through another person’s misfortune is never worth it.
- The Jungle Book
Keep your chin up! No matter what life throws your way, don’t get to down on yourself – pick yourself up and try, try again.
- Robin Hood
Have courage. Fight for what you believe is right and true.
- Peter Pan
Be a leader! Sometimes in life you have to take charge, which means taking risks. Push the boundaries – success comes to those who take risks.
- The Little Mermaid
Follow your heart. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
- Beauty and the Beast
Don’t judge a book by its cover. True beauty comes from within.
It’s OK to ask for help. It does not mean that you are a failure, only that you are human.
- The Lion King
Bad things happen. Unfortunately, this is life. Don’t run from your past, learn from it and have the courage to face it!
Be open to things you don’t understand. “…put yourself in other people’s shoes – to see the world from their eyes. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” – Barack Obama
You can always change your story. You are in charge of your fate – rise above and take charge of your own destiny.
Let it go. Don’t let your past, stop you from being happy in the present.
As Walt would say;
“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.”
One ripple, creates a wave.
One spark, a wildfire.
What can you accomplish if you just take that one step?
Too often fear is the leading decider in some of life’s biggest choices. Take a cue from Disney, and take that leap!
Did I miss one? Let me know! Dust off those old VHS’s, pick out your favorite Disney Classic and curl up on the couch this weekend – hey, it’s going to help your career.