Mustering up creativity each and every day can be draining, but what can you really do when that’s your job? Throwing in the towel certainly isn’t an option and neither is crawling into a cave to sleep for three weeks (even though you’d wake up feeling refreshed and energized).
Instead, you have to rely on good old perseverance to get you through those rough days. For many people, surviving these types of days means having an arsenal of quotes. And okay, maybe silently chanting to
myself themselves to get me them off the struggle bus.
Walter “Walt” Elias Disney was quite possibly the greatest animator, producer and showman of the 20th century. He was an amusement park creator and owner too — we can’t forget about that. His life story is one that includes packing up and leaving everything he loved and moving to California to start a business from scratch, weathering The Great Depression, declaring bankruptcy on a failed business, and then pulling himself up and not just envisioning but creating one of the most iconic and beloved brands worldwide.
Because of his past, I consider Walt Disney to be quite wise and therefore a guy worth listening to when my creative juices are running on empty. I’m not trying to act Goofy or Dopey (couldn’t resist that), but just take a look at some of his most memorable quotes and watch as you climb off the struggle bus and onto the productivity cruise ship.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
We’ve all woken up to mornings where we have a to-do list longer than our arms. In 12 words, Walt sums up the best thing to do when we realize we’ve got a crazy day ahead. Stop focusing on each individual task you have to do and just start doing something. Before you know it that crazy long list will be a lot more manageable and will soon be completed.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
We all have that Debbie Downer person in our lives. While they’re great to have around to give a realistic perspective every now and then, sometimes you just want to daydream a bit. Go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something — you’ll surprise yourself by just how courageous you can be.
“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.”
Even a little bump in the road can derail us and may be too much to handle sometimes. But believe it or not, you’re learning from this experience and are growing stronger as a direct result. Walt Disney faced so many hardships during his life including bankruptcy and back-stabbing coworkers and he came out stronger than if things had gone perfectly to plan. I’m sure whatever you’re going through is shaping you to be a better entrepreneur, a small business owner, and an overall better human being. Keep calm and look ahead.
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.”
A man created an entire empire based on a mouse. I can guarantee that whatever dream you have isn’t silly or unattainable by any stretch of the imagination. You may not know exactly how things will end up or how you’ll get there, but it won’t hurt to roll up your sleeves and give things a shot.
“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”
The ultimate business owner quote to live by has to be this one from Walt Disney. It all comes down to not taking the easy way out. Try your hardest and keep the faith that people will eventually take notice and they’ll even bring new people into your life as well!
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
Have a wonderful idea that you want your employees to implement and make happen? Don’t take them for granted. Small businesses can thrive and die based on their employee pool. Treat them right and they’ll treat you right in return.
“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.”
Sorry for the tough love here, but you’re nuts if you think you’re the only struggling small business. Statistically speaking, it’s amazing you’ve made it this far. You will stumble and you will make mistakes, but that’s okay, everyone does. Things will get better, maybe not today, tomorrow, or next Thursday, but eventually! Enjoy the ride and laugh and learn from your blunders; they’ll pay off big someday.
“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
Keep your priorities in line when things start taking off. Your family and friends were there through all the rough times and they’ll be there for you through all the wonderful, happy times too. If you always go on a road trip during the summer with them, don’t make that any less important once things at your small business start picking up. Taking a rest will not only help clear your mind and keep you stress-free but it will sure make your family feel appreciated too.
“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”
Think about why you got into the line of business that you’re in. Wasn’t it because you were tired of waking up Saturday morning already stressing out about work on Monday? If you truly love your job, then getting paid isn’t so much a reward for “getting through” but rather a bonus for doing something that you would be doing anyway. Getting to this point, though, takes hard work and a ton of patience. Don’t get stuck doing something you hate, get out there and do something you love! You may not be making the big bucks at the end of the month, but you’ll wake up every single day excited about work.
Walt Disney didn’t sit back and accept the cards he was given. He reshuffled the deck until he found a hand that he wanted. Don’t sit back and wait for things to fall together perfectly in your lap, it won’t happen without some hard work and dedication from you! Remember that all of our wildest dreams can come true.
Did one of these quotes speak to you? Do you have another Walt Disney quote that you love? What’s your “tough love” advice for small business owners? Sound off below!