Walt Disney Was Fired & Rejected 300 Times

Walt Disney failed and got rejected

Famous visionary, Walt Disney was rejected over 300 times by bankers who thought his idea of Mickey Mouse was absurd. Here’s two separate scenarios to ponder:

Imagine Disney had given up on the entire concept anywhere from the 2nd to 299th time being rejected, we would never have known or grown up to the Lion King, Beauty And The Beast or even Disney Land or World.

Second scenario – imagine all the people around him he knew; his parents, his friends etc… so now put yourself in Mr. Walt Disney’s shoes, you come home from, I don’t know maybe the 200th time from being rejected again. Would you have the same kind of faith, belief and enthusiasm for your idea? And wouldn’t everyone around you think you have completely lost it? Remember, you’re telling them about Goofy and an imaginary mouse. I’m pretty sure parents and friends likewise were thinking about throwing him in the mental institution upon the 250th time. Thankfully, he had sheer persistence and a ton of unwavering faith behind his big vision. There’s a good chance that one day, he might have even been side by side with a friend or family member on one of the rides at Disneyland saying “Remember what I was trying to tell you about Mickey Mouse!”

Prior to all the “no’s” he got from potential investors, Disney was even fired by a newspaper editor for lack of creativity.But thanks to his courage and consistency, Disney went on to purchase ABC in 1996, which at the time, owned the Kansas City Star. This meant that the newspaper that once fired him had become part of the empire he created. Walt Disney learned much wisdom through his many trials and setbacks. Only when we view his story hindsight, we can understand the true meaning of perseverance.



“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.” – Walt Disney



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