With this edition I would like everyone to post their own views of Mr. Disney's quotes.
"Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going — pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity."
Courage is a powerful thing. It strengthens an idea whether the outcome is good or bad. Disney has always been a courageous company and it's one of the factors involved in their success. But we have to understand that this will also bring failures. Take DCA for example. For most, including the Disney Company it has been a failure. But without that first step, without the courage to build a new park, so many opportunities would have been lost. If you think about what we, and the Disney company, have gained from it's development we can see how true Walt's words were. And with time mistakes can be corrected and improved, but without courage those mistakes could have never been made, along with any success.
"Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it, and work at it until it's done right."
Along with the above thoughts this goes right along with the development of DCA. Just like Disneyland, DCA has started off with a idea that needs refinement. This is mainly for those who's belief is that they should just level the place and return it to it's original state. Walt would see through any idea until he could do it right. To me it looks like Disney's doing a good job of this. It may take some time but eventually, as long as they stick with it, it will be "done right".
"The opportunities are still there."
Sometimes it's easy to forget this. From time to time it seems like the well is dry. But as long as one person dreams, just one, the opportunities for new ideas and concepts will be there. We have a unique opportunity ourselves in that we have a group where our creativity is encouraged, not stifled. So we have an option. We can look forward to when some one else creates, or dreams, or talks about a new idea or approach, or we can come up with them ourselves. It all starts with ones like us....the dreamers.