Do you love Walt Disney’s work? Maybe you watched his movies as a kid, or are experiencing them fresh with your own children. Either way, many of us have a special place in our hearts for Uncle Walt.

A classic Disney film shows the power of perseverance and defying the odds. From Moana sailing uncharted waters to Hercules going from zero to hero, the stories are all about the power of the human spirit. Perhaps it’s because Disney himself had to struggle and climb his way to the top.

It’s that very quality that should be present in the best entrepreneurs or small business owners. And with that, here are the most inspiring and memorable Walt Disney quotes of all time.   

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

It’s about not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk. Everyone stumbles on their road to success, even if they’re sitting in a fancy office with a cushy chair at a Fortune 500 company. Just get started if you dream of running a successful business.

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.”

A tiny mouse kicked off an entire branding empire. Start small and work your way up. You’re not going to have a theme park in Florida overnight, so do what you can now to get that big later.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

A dream becomes a reality when it’s out of your head and part of your lifestyle. Look at Merida from Brave. The fiery-headed archer had to do whatever it takes to get her freedom. As a business owner, you need that same relentless spirit.  

“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 isn’t talking about a literal kick in the teeth, of course, but he’s on to something. The troubles you deal with and the hardships you face help define you. You’ll need that strength to build a company from the ground up.

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

Don’t try and do everything alone. You are going to need a squad on your side to start your business. Walt Disney had trusted animators, financers, and even his own brother to help make things happen.

“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well 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.”

You’ve turned your dream into a reality and started a business. Now it’s about sailing past everyone else and doing things ten times better. It’s what makes people want to work with you over and over again.

“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.”

Do you remember when Bambi was first learning to walk and stumbled all over the place? Running a business is extremely similar. You are going to trip up a few times, but eventually you’ll find a comfortable pace.

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

Disney may have mentioned a man, but forgive his dated thought because this applies to the ladies who are running a business too! Family always comes first. Balance your personal life with your professional one.

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”

Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. You’ve really made it when you’re clocking in and not thinking about the money. Go ahead and take the cruise around the Bahamas. You earned it!

Walt Disney’s first studio went bankrupt, but he still rejected an offer to work for Universal Pictures to create his own character – Mickey Mouse! He had a vision and wasn’t going to settle for anything less.

You are no different. Maybe it just takes a kick in the teeth, or a binge-watching session of classic Disney films, and you and your business can be in a whole new world!

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over three years of experience in the industry. Her passion for writing has led to a BA in English & Communications from Aurora University and work published for the Advertising Specialty Institute and The Bolingbrook Sun Times.