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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And They Say It Matters…

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That girl with fully pierced ear, in top and jeans, and dispersed curly hair said thanks with humility and generosity when I complimented her that she has a beautiful smile.

But that girl with simple straight long hair and Punjabi dress gets palm-twitchingly mad at me when I complimented her that she has a beautiful smile.

And they say appearance matters…

That guy with hair bun and hipster beard, full arm tattoos wearing T-shirt, jeans and canvas shoes told me never to be sorry for being who you are.

But that guy with so much oil rubbed on hair, brushed hair on one side wearing formal clothes and clean shoes told me to never do anything different to avoid people say anything about me on my back.

And they say individuality matters…

That girl, who talks a lot, wears glittering clothes and people talk crap about her behind her back told me to take stand for myself.

But that girl, who is always quiet, wears simple clothes and people think of her as a good girl told me to be submissive and compromise is the truth of life.

And they say personality matters…

That guy who laughs weirdly and go crazy after reminiscing something funny from past told me to be happy no matter what happens.

But that guy who always behaves courteously and restricts his honest response told me to behave thoughtfully to funny situations and not to laugh at silly jokes.

And they say decency matters…

That girl who is still struggling for 8 years to become an actress told me to never compromise your values and principles.

That girl who just got promotion after sleeping with her boss told me to do whatever it takes.

And they say character matters…

That guy who works at a startup earning very less and nobody understands the reason told me to follow my dreams.

But that guy working at MNC and changed 3 companies in 3 years to get higher package told me security is more important and follow the crowd.

And they say money matters…

That girl with beautiful face, who always posts selfies and get hundreds of likes does not care when I asked her to give donation to orphanage.

But that ugly girl not only gives 100 Rupee note but also asks if she can visit the place and spend some time with children there.

And they say beauty matters…

That guy who had many girlfriends, but never had genuine feelings for anyone told me never to get serious into relationship.

But that guy who never got into relationship because the girl he loves and have genuine feelings for, is a girlfriend of THAT guy.

And they say love matters…


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I Don’t Want My Children To..

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I don’t want my children to become someone they are not

I don’t want my children to live life full of compromises

I don’t want my children to believe in something they don’t believe in

I don’t want my children to keep things from me because they think weirdness is unacceptable

I don’t want my children to study hard for exams and waste precious time of their lives

I don’t want my children to be slaves of system that would take them nowhere in life

I don’t want my children to do something just to show me that they are good guys

I don’t want my children to play safe because of fear of failure

I don’t want my children to avoid their honest feelings

I don’t want my children to have aimless life

I don’t want my children to be judgmental and strive for perfection

I don’t want my children to marry someone they don’t love

I don’t want my children to feel pity for my hard work and long hours in office

I don’t want my children to give on their dreams because times are hard

I don’t want my children to keep their innovative ideas inside due to fear of being ridiculed

I don’t want my children to feel awkward to share their crush

I don’t want my children to form opinions according what others say

I don’t want my children to seek approval for their actions from their parents

I don’t want my children to help us and not follow their own path

I don’t want my children to blame others for their misfortunes

I don’t want my children to focus too much on weaknesses that don’t count

I don’t want my children to feel terrible about doing the job others don’t approve to be worthy

I don’t want my children to feel unfortunate to start over

I don’t want my children to be what we think they should be

And the most importantly, the crazy fact,
I don’t want my children to think of his parents as ‘losers’


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I Can’t, I Just Can’t Pretend To…

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I can’t, I just can’t pretend to be happy for others’ success, triumphs, achievements
While I haven’t achieved anything yet that I can be happy for

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to feel happy for a couple in a relationship
Enjoying each others’ company, while I can’t express my feeling to a girl I like

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to feel good for a guy who got tattoo on his arm
And I still see nothing on my hand, not even a scar

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to feel happy for that guy who passed the interview
And got the job, while I never wanted that job and failed

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to feel happy for anybody living their dreams
Whereas I don’t have courage to follow mine and blame others for it

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to see those pictures of vacations a friend posted
Whereas I want to sit in home on holidays and only think about that hill station

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to feel satisfied for those who follow the crowd and be happy
Whereas I’m neither following the crowd nor swimming against the current

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to smile when that irritating guy cracks a silly joke
Everybody laughs, while I don’t have a good sense of humor either

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to like that girl who is beautiful and witty and
Expects every guy to follow her, whereas I am attracted to her too

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to be everything fine when it’s not
Whereas when a relative asks how it’s going, I say fine

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to be excited when I see friends driving car
Whereas I didn’t learn to drive when I had opportunity to

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to be fine when anybody makes and honest mistake
Whereas I expect them to understand me when I make mistakes

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to act with formalities and follow etiquette
Whereas I greet in the morning and evening to look a good guy

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to enjoy when I’m hanging out friends
Whereas I envy those who laugh together while hanging out and I’m alone

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to appreciate those who work for material gains
Whereas I work for appreciation and instant gratification

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to believe in my closed ones
Whereas I expect them to believe in me and seek their support

I can’t, I just can’t pretend to be happy when I’m not
Whereas the crazy fact is, I can’t do anything that will make me happy


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I wasn’t Prepared

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“I’ll go to play football if class is cancelled,” said Manish to Mayuresh.

“Why don’t you play in the evening?” asked Mayuresh.

“My parents do not permit me thinking that I’ll get distracted.”

“And what made you think that class won’t be there?”

“The teacher in the class is not disciplined. Sometimes he teaches, sometimes he doesn’t.”

“Don’t forget to carry the kit with you.”

“Yep. I want to play whenever I get a chance.”

In the class.

“Guys, sir is not present today,” said one of his classmates.

“Ohh, no!!” exclaimed Manish.

“What happened?” asked Meeta.

“I decided to go to play football if class is not there. But, I didn’t bring kit though I knew sir has been irregular about this class.”

“You forgot?”

“No. I deliberately didn’t bring it. I thought that sir will be present today.”

“What made you think that?”

“I assumed. But what happened to sir? Why is he not taking class today. He does this frequently.”

“But you knew that he does this frequently. You should’ve come prepared. You can’t blame him.”

The crazy fact is, not being prepared closes the door of opportunities and opens the door of regrets.


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On A Bad Day

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“Hey, Jeet!! Why are you looking sad?” asked Dia.

“I am sad,” replied Jeet.

“Yeah, I know. But, why?”

“It’s just another bad day.”

“What happened?”

“I was going to attend my friend’s wedding. We were supposed to leave at 8’o’clock in the morning. Bus came so late that we left at 9:30. This is how we spent next 8 hours. 3 hours of travelling to the place of wedding, 1 hour at the wedding and 4 hours travelling back to home.”

“What? 7 hours of travelling for just 1 hour?”

“Yes, we reached just before the ceremony.”

“Or just before wedding meal?”

“Please, don’t start!”

“Ohkk, ohkk!!”

“Then I thought I will go to play football and have fun. But again to my disappointment, only 4 players were there. No fun.”

“Anything more?”

“Yes. I submitted an article on women empowerment and it got rejected because someone submitted on that topic before me.”

The crazy fact is, on the bad day, if anything goes wrong, everything goes wrong successively.


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Time To Open Up

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“This guy is so quiet all the time,” said Jenny to Eva in class.

“I think he takes time to open up,” replied Eva.

“Please welcome the new student of our class, the founder of trailblazers.com, Jim Reigns,” announced teacher.

“Wow! He is the one behind getting all the young trailblazers into the light through his website,” exclaimed Jenny in shock and excitement.

The crazy fact is, the packets which take time to open up are those with the biggest blasts.


This Post is also a part of  Five Sentence Fiction – Open

Why Not To Judge People?

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“Hey, why didn’t you do that task? It’s very easy,” said father to Mike.

“I know that. I tried,” replied Mike.

“No, you didn’t. Anyone can do that without using their brain, but you.”

“I didn’t do that deliberately.”

“Is that your excuse?”

“I’m naive. I can make mistakes.”

“But, not this kind of silly mistake.”

“Anybody can make silly mistakes. It won’t happen again.”

“You say this everytime. But, do the same thing again.”

‘He never understands me or helps me know how to avoid it, because he is too busy in judging me and admonishing me, likes he never made silly mistakes’ says son in his mind, standing up quietly and looking down.

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“Why are you upset, Mike?” asked his friend Ryan.

“Nothing. I don’t want to talk about it,” replied Mike.

“I’m not here to judge you, but to understand you.”

Mike told what happened. Ryan told him what to do instead of using his mind analyzing how he can make silly mistakes. And Mike felt good after that.

The crazy fact is, judging people yields bitterness and understanding yields strengthening of bond.


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What Is Relationship?

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What is relationship?

Ans: I respect and accept your individuality, your differentiability. I understand you. You do the same and our relationship grows.

What is relationship?

The crazy fact: You fulfill my expectations, I’ll fulfill yours. But, if my individuality is at stake, you don’t understand me. I wonder why out relationship is not growing.

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Increasing The Comfort Zone

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“If tyre of your bike was punctured, why didn’t you ask your colleague to give you a lift to bus stop?” asked father to his son who recently joined a new company.

“But, I am new there,” replied son.

“So, what’s problem in asking for help? You walked 2 kilometers.”

“It was awkward to ask. We are all new there. We haven’t interacted much. I barely know anyone. It felt uncomfortable.”

“Son, the crazy fact is, you need to get uncomfortable to increase the comfort zone.”


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