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Doing The Impossible With Walt Disney

By Mark Bowser

 

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Walt Disney

      Impossible. Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines it as “That cannot be….Impracticable; not feasible; that cannot be done.”  But Walt Disney made it a habit of doing what others labeled impossible.

Hmmm, he made it a habit. Let’s think about that for a minute. Webster’s defines habit as “A disposition or condition of the mind or body acquired by custom or a frequent repetition of the same act. Habit is that which is held or retained, the effect of custom or frequent repetition. Hence we speak of good habits and bad habits.”

Disney made it a point of repetition to tackle what others said was impossible. He believed in possibilities and he constantly took action on that belief. Because of that action and belief, today we have Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the list goes on and on.

So, how do we, like Disney, accomplish the impossible? I believe there are four pivotal steps in accomplishing the impossible. Let’s explore them together.

One, DREAM. Without a dream, possibilities wither on the vine. What do you have in your heart? If you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do? It was T.E. Lawrence who said, “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses  of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”  Let us all become a little more dangerous. Let us become men and women of enthusiasm, passion, and of conviction for a dream.

Two, have a GAME PLAN OF ACTION.  Having a big dream isn’t enough. We must put those dreams into action. Break your dream down into bite size chunks and get to work on them. Paul J. Meyer said, “Crystallize your goals.  Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline.  Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.”

Three, WHO CAN HELP YOU?  No one can reach the top of success mountain all by themself?  Disney had his brother Roy. He also had a team of dedicated believers. And even when Disney had  thinkers of impossibles in his inner circle, he sought help elsewhere. Who can help you? Who has the financial possibilities? Who has the asset possibilities? Who believes in you and your dream?

Four, FAITH. To succeed at your dream, you have to have unshakable belief. Times will get tough. The road will become hazardous during your journey. What is going to keep you going? You must have faith and hope to keep going. A faith in God, in yourself, and in the importance of your dream. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

When you have those four steps in place, you can’t lose. Your dream is alive!  After all, dreams do come true. We have a Walt Disney World to prove it.  Disney was right.  It is fun doing the impossible.

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George Washington’s Christmas March

The rebellion had been thoroughly crushed. On December 8, 1776, General George Washington took what was left of his battered troops and made his escape across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. As the last American troops began crossing the river, the first Redcoat pursuers arrived at the riverbank. However, they were unable to follow the worn out Americans because Washington had had the foresight to take with him every boat within fifty miles.

Freedoms dream appeared to be dead. The American forces had dwindled to only 5,000 soldiers. With enlistments about to retire at the first of the year, Washington could be left with only 1,200 regulars. The one bright spot was that the over confident British decided to hold up for the winter and take care of what was left of the rebels come spring. British General William Howe took his troops to New York City to enjoy the winter months in relative ease and comfort. Howe did however leave a garrison of German mercenaries called Hessians in Trenton, NJ.

The Hessians expected Washington to attack. In fact, they were exhausted by being on alert for more than a week because of this expectation. This worked to Washington’s favor and he did not disappoint the Hessians. At mid-afternoon Christmas day, Washington and 2,400 of his troops marched nine miles up river to McKonkey’s Ferry. At 6:00 PM, General Washington wrote in his diary, “It is fearfully cold and raw and a snow storm setting in. The wind is northeast and beats in the faces of the men. It will be a terrible night for the soldiers who have no shoes. Some of them have old rags tied around their feet, but I have not heard a man complain.”

During the darkness of night in a storm mixed with snow, rain, and hail, Washington and his troops began crossing the Delaware River. It took almost nine hours for the Continental Army to reach the other side. By 4:00 AM, the Continental Army had crossed the river. The Patriots were cold, wet, and exhausted. Washington urged his men forward. Some of the soldiers left a trail of blood from their bare exposed feet.

When the attack began, the Americans gained the upper hand partly due to the Hessians’ exhaustion. When the Hessians finally tried to assemble their troops, American artillery captain Alexander Hamilton was given the order to fire the cannons at point blank range. The battle was over within two hours. Freedoms dream was alive! That day, Washington and his men killed or captured 1000 Hessians and confiscated many supplies. Washington then took his troops, prisoners, and captured supplies back across the Delaware River victoriously.

This article was a selection from Mark Bowser’s inspiring book “Christmas Hope.” Available on Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APHCBZU

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Listening To Your Gut with Donald Trump

by Mark Bowser

In the comfort of his elegantly furnished bedroom, Donald woke up with a strange feeling.  He had learned to rely on these feelings. He was just about to make a major mistake.  He knew this now.  His long night’s sleep had revealed this to him.  How?  He didn’t know.  But…he did know.  He wasn’t going to go through with it.

Let’s back up for a moment.  Some time ago, a friend had called Donald on the phone.  The friend was full of energy with the whole world in his arms.  Or, so he thought.  He propositioned Donald to go in with himself and some other investors on a sure bet.  “You’ll double or triple your money in a matter of months,” he told Donald.

It did look good.  There was a lot of promise in this deal.  However, it wasn’t in an area of Donald’s expertise.  But Donald checked it out and decided to go with it.  The papers were being drawn up.  This was when Donald Trump woke up with his revelation.  The revelation was simple…don’t!  Yes, don’t do it.  In hindsight, it was a very wise decision. The investment went bad and Donald’s friend and all of his investors lost every dime they put into the deal.  The only one who still had all his money was Donald because he simply trusted the don’t.

Mr. Trump said, “That experience taught me a few things.  One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know.  And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

This is good advice from one of America’s most successful leaders and businessmen.  Follow your gut.  If your gut says “yes” then check it out and if it still says “yes” then go for it.  But, if your gut says “don’t” then listen to your gut.  If you do this then success is within your grasp.  Now, go out there and make it happen.

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The Leader’s Tool Chest of Credibility

By Mark Bowser

 In order to be successful, a leader must have credibility.  In fact, unless you have credibility in the eyes of your team members, they won’t follow you.  So, in this chapter, we are going to discuss the four tools in the Leader’s Tool Chest of Credibility.  I want you to think about your tool chest at your house.  Go out to the garage or wherever you keep it.  Open it up.  What do you see?  I can almost guarantee that you will see at least two tools.  Can you name them?  That is right.  A hammer and a screwdriver.  In my opinion, you don’t have a tool chest unless you at least have a hammer and a screwdriver.  These are the basics and some of the most important tools. Just like your tool chest, a leader must have a hammer and a screwdriver.  These are the basic tools of a leader’s credibility and they make up the first tool in our tool chest of credibility and it is called Lead by Example.

Tool # 1:  Hammer/Screwdriver (Lead by Example)

 A number of years ago, I worked on the production staff of Peter Lowe International.  They are the organization that put on the large SUCCESS seminars(today they are called Get Motivated! seminars).  They are the largest business seminars in the world.  One of my main responsibilities was to work with the product/resources (books, videos, and audio programs) for the events.  I remember a very busy seminar.  I think we were in Denver.  We had a lot of people who were wanting to invest in the resources.  So many people that we had too many customers.  Now, this is a good thing but it still a challenge to service them effectively. 

 During the seminar, Peter Lowe’s number two guy came up to me and asked, “Mark, how can I help?”  I said, “I need people.”  What I meant was that I needed him to transfer some people from the other teams to my team for the short term.  What he did was even more impressive. 

He jumped behind the table and started serving customers himself.  It was as if he rolled up his sleeves and jumped on the front lines with his team.  That made an impact on me.  He showed me that day that he wasn’t going to ask me to do anything that he wasn’t willing to do himself.  He led by example.  That day, his credibility went way up in my eyes. 

Tool #2:  The Power Saw (Words Mean Something)

I think many times, we as leaders use our words too casually.  Words mean something.  Communication can be one of our greatest dreams come true or our worst nightmare.  Has anything like this ever happened at your office? 

Team member:  “Can I have Friday off?  I need to take care of __________.”

You:  “Sure, not a problem.”

Thursday rolls around and the circumstances change and you go up to your team member and say, “Sorry, you can’t have Friday off now.”

By doing this, what have you taught your team member about you and your word?  That is right.  That you can’t be trusted. 

Now, I understand that sometimes circumstances do change but all I am really saying is be careful how you use your words.  There is nothing casual about effective communication.  Relaxed, yes.  Casual, no.   Words Mean Something and we have to do our best to always be truthful, accurate, kind, courteous, and clear. 

Tool #3:  The Tape Measure (Communicate the Vision & Mission Statement

Why does your organization or department exist?  Where are you going?  How do you plan on getting there?  Not always easy questions.  But they are some of the most important questions that you can answer for your team.  Everything you do revolves around your vision and mission statements.  Make sure everything you do or say runs through this filter.   It will make a world of difference not only in your Leadership Credibility but also your results. 

Tool #4:  The Glue  (Before you delegate, do some of the ugly tasks yourself)

If all you do is delegate the ugly stuff to your team and keep the nice, clean tasks for yourself, your credibility will drop like a muddy brick in a pond.   My best advice is to do some of the ugly tasks yourself.   Delegate some of the clean tasks.  Why?  Well, your credibility will go up in the eyes of your team.  You see, the time will come when you will need more help and then when you delegate those ugly tasks, your team will jump in and pick up the ball.  Because they know that it isn’t that you aren’t willing to do the ugly tasks (because they have seen you do them), it is that the team is in crunch time and you need their help. 

Well, there you have it.  Four tools to greater credibility.  One, Hammer/Screwdriver,  Two, The Power Saw,  Three, The Tape Measure,  Four, The Glue.   Practice these four tools in your tool chest and before you know it your team will trust you more, believe in you more, and follow you more.  

*This article was excerpted from Mark’s impactful book Three Pillars of Success.  Now available in ebook format on Amazon’s Kindle.  Go to Amazon.com.  

 

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The Business Linchpin: Can It Destroy You?

By Mark Bowser

I have been thinking. Is there a linchpin that could start a domino effect that could devastate your business, career, or life?   And, is there a tipping point that could start an avalanche of success like a runaway snowball?

Interesting questions, but are there answers?  My wife and I love to watch the hit ABC TV show Castle.  Last season, they had an intriguing two part episode that explored this concept of a linchpin.  In the story, an economic linchpin was discovered that if put in motion would destroy the United States economy and start a downward domino effect that would lead the globe to World War III.  It was a very entertaining escapade from our daily lives and in the story the bad guys almost succeeded?  But, it got me thinking.  Is it possible?  Could one event in our lives do so much damage and destruction?

Well, as I continued to think about it, I began to believe that there very well may be a linchpin or a tipping point for our careers, business’, or even our lives.  Let’s explore the linchpin first. What if you had all your eggs for success in one basket and you lost the basket?  Do you see where I am going with this?  Brian Tracy says that “Everything Counts” when it comes to selling.  What if you or one of your associates kills (accidentally of course) the business with your largest client?  What if that client composed 85% of your annual business?  Could you survive…or would it be your linchpin? 

So, what is the solution?  We must avoid the business error so many of us are guilty of, including myself.  We put most of our eggs in one basket and if we lose that business, we are headed towards economic devastation known as Chapter 11.  We avoid it by spreading out our sales and marketing.  By kicking into high gear our prospecting for new and more clients. 

The only way to avoid the business linchpin is to make sure that no one event or any one client so controls the life blood of your business existence. Spread it out. Market more. Do business with different sized clients.  From a personal standpoint, we have to make sure that we put aside a part of our income from every paycheck.  Why?  What would happen to you and your family if you lost your job today?  How would you avoid a personal linchpin?  In this economy, we all know friends and family who are currently out of work or were out of work at some point in the last few years. We must have a cushion of resources to fall back on.  That strategy and discipline will kill the linchpin…and not you.

Now, let’s talk about the tipping point.  Is there a point where all your marketing, all your sales, all your success converge into a place where it spills over to tremendous, incredible visibility, and success? I believe so.  Why do some products go viral? I don’t think we can know the answer for sure…but we know they do.  In fact, this article may go viral, but why this one and not another one?  Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great book titled The Tipping Point.  Go pick yourself up a Kindle ebook version today.  It is awesome! You can get Malcolm’s book for $9.99.  And while you are there, I invite you to take a peek at one of my books like Three Pillars of Success

Your tipping point exists and it will find you…if you continue to practice business success. In fact, do more of it. Supercharge it. What will make you more visible? What will get you and your product or service more attention? How can you get your product or service into the hands of more people? How can you serve them more than you currently are?  Seek the answers to these questions and take action on what you discover and before you know it, your tipping point will find you.

 

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