The Power Of Originality

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This story is about the man who needs no introduction. In terms of creativity, innovation or risk-taking, this man knows no boundaries. It is strange to know how this man can get fired from a newspaper company for lacking new ideas and imagination. Walt Disney is an artist who gave Micky Mouse to the world. He was struggling to make ends meet. But these great people do not let circumstances decided their fate. They persevere, they innovate, they struggle, they fail, and they get back up again and again, no matter how many times they have to, they will stand up. And this is what separates them from others.

After getting fired from newspaper, he established a small company with another cartoonist. As this company was struggling to run business, he joined Kansas City Film Ad Company. Later, he formed his own company, ran successfully; but fate had some different plans for him. This company went bankrupt as its profits were inadequate to cover the salaries of employees.

He did not give up after encountering multiple collapses. He set up his own studio in Hollywood, California. The first huge success came in 1927 with his creation – Oswald, The Lucky Rabbit. His share in the profit was 20%, but he was barely earning with this percentage of profit. He deserved raise in percentage of profit. But his producer poached the character as well as his crew by negotiating contracts terms with them.

The producer failed to think that money can get the best minds in business, but one thing that money cannot buy, is originality. Walt Disney created Micky Mouse, one of the most successful cartoon characters of all time in 1928. And then, he never looked back. He went on and on to create more cartoon characters like Goofy, Donald Duck, Snow White, Dumbo and the list goes on. Who would have imagined that someone, who went bankrupt 7 times in his lifetime, won more Academy Awards than anybody else till date? The number is 22 from 59 nominations.

This sets a great example in front of us. If we can create something original once, we can create something original twice, we can create it thrice, and we can create ‘original’ no matter how many times it pleases us. This is what Walt Disney did, so can we.

The crazy fact is, the power of originality can proficiently conquer all the attacks of fate.


Sources –

  1. 10 Inspirational & Successful People Who Did Not Let Failure Define Them
  2. Disney Characters – A timeline of character debuts
  3. 7 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disney
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