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This business coaching session shares how Walt Disney succeeded.

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Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
  • Editor's Note: In 1927, a film distributor by the name of Charles Mintz contracted Walt Disney Studios to create a series of animation films based on a character that Walt developed named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
  • Editor's Notes: Mintz owned the rights to the cartoon. As the series succeeded, Walt asks for a larger budget, Mintz attempts to take over Walt Disney Studios and Walt loses his character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
  • Lesson Nugget: Sometimes life will take away things from you unexpectedly. But don't lose hope and NEVER give up!
  • Editor's Note: Thom and Mary Clark
  • Notable Quotable: "This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it."
    -Psalm 118:24
    (The Holy Bible)
  • Notable Quotable: “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 Disney
    (American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. Wikipedia)
  • Editor's Note: You were placed on this earth with a purpose and for a purpose.
  • Lesson Nugget: If you're going through the fire (hell), DON'T STOP! Keep pressing forward!
  • Lesson Nugget: If the door won't open, KICK it open!

(upbeat music) Clay, Clay, in 1927 a film distributor by the name of Charles Mintz contracted Walt Disney Studios to create a series of animation films based on a character that Walt Disney developed himself named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Have you heard of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit? Tell us about that. Well, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was the first thing that Walt designed; the first character that Walt designed... Really? That did well. It was the first one, okay? Now the problem was when he developed the character, he was working under contract for a guy named Mintz. Last name Mintz; Charles Mintz. So he worked for Charles Mintz while developing the character. Well, the character did well. It made a lot of money so he went to Mintz and he said, "Hey Mintz..." and I don't know what happened. I don't know if Walt hosed the guy over or if Mintz... I don't know that story. But what I do know is that Walt did ask him. He said, "Hey, Mintz. Could you go ahead "and give me an increased budget "so we can have more animators and grow the company?" And he says, "No, in fact I'm taking the show myself. "I'm done with you". So he lost the only character that he had ever developed that was even... Again, we're talking 1927. Wow. So from 1919 when he started drawing as a career to 1927, it was eight. It took him eight years to develop a character. Eight. And then he had it what? Taken away. Taken away. And sometimes life is gonna take away stuff that you love. Somebody needs to hear that again. Sometimes life's gonna take away something you love. Right now my dad he has ALS and so that is Lou Gehrig's disease, which means that he is not gonna be alive very long and I don't understand it. I don't get it. I believe in God but I don't understand it and we're not gonna get into it because this is not a religious program about this but I don't understand why my dad's being taken away cause I don't want him to be taken away, right? But as he is being taken away from me, I have to ask myself, "What can I learn from this?" and some things that I'm learning that are massive through this is what a gift every day is. I mean today is the day that the Lord has made and we shall rejoice and be glad in it. This is a great day. That's it. So there's no tomorrow. I've always been a sense of urgency guy since my best friend got killed in college. I was 18 years old, going to college, I come back from a deejay show and my roommate... The only reason I even went to Oral Roberts University was my roommate, Mark DePetris and he got killed in a car accident. And when you have things taken away, sometimes when things are taken away, you view life with a new sense of urgency or a new clarity, or a new sincerity. You begin to look at things in a different way. Just like if you have glasses and you put 'em on for the first time. You can see things in a different way. But Walt says this and this is something that's powerful. The profundity of what he's saying, the profoundness of what he's saying is powerful. He says this, "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." And somebody just needs to hear that. I'm just telling you, I don't know what you're going through, I don't know. But I do know that at Thrive15.com we really, really care in an irrational way about you and I know that you were put on this earth for a reason. You are here because you have a certain set of skills. That's right. And you have a great gift. There's something that you want to share with the world and you can't do it if you're not willing to work a second job like Walt did, if you're not willing to start the home based business like 52% of small business owners are doing, if you're not willing to go out there and borrow 15,000, which in today's money is $238,000, if you're not willing to draw your Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who then gets taken away, you're not gonna have success. And you can't quit. If you're going through hell Yeah. Don't stop. That's it. Keep going through hell. Keep going. If you've been working on your rabbit for eight years, don't send me an email going, "Well I guess it's not meant to be". If the door won't open, kick it open. Yeah. You gotta do it because this is your life. This is the most exciting, perfect time in the world because it's the only time you have. This is your day. So before I turn it back over to Jose I just want to make sure that you get this. You have to know that you have the skills, the talent, the connections, the resources. You have what you need to be successful. You just have to start.

Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 2
  • Notable Quotable: "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."
    -Ernest Hemingway
    (American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction. Wikipedia)
  • Fun Factoid: Most species of oaks live over 200 years.
    (www.softschools.com/facts/plants/oak_tree_facts/505/)
  • Editor's Note: If you don't get bitter, but get better instead, you will make it.
  • Editor's Notes: In 1928, Walt Disney created Mortimer The Mouse.
  • Lesson Nugget: If you marry someone who is "in your corner," they're trying to help you be successful.
  • Mrs. Tulsa County : An ordinary mother of 5, given an extraordinary opportunity to share her story of hope through her amazing journey.
    -Vanessa Clark
    (http://www.NowiSeeBook.com)
  • Fun Factoid: Walt's wife Lillian convinced him to change the name to Mickey Mouse. He then produced a talking picture called Steamboat Willie. During the next year, Mickey became a national sensation.
    (http://www.biography.com)
  • Notable Quotable: "You must be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism."
    -Willie Mays
    (American former Major League Baseball player, Hall Of Famer and center fielder who spent almost all of his 22 season career playing for the New York and San Francisco Giants. )

(hip hop music) Thank you for sharing that. And Thrivers, like he said, if you're watching and you're in the ditch right now of life, don't park there, keep going. Who's not? Can I ask you some stuff that's probably off the record I shouldn't ask about? You can ask me whatever you want, man. OK, so you've gone through a divorce. Yes, sir. Was that terrible? I didn't know how I was going to live through that moment, Clay. And you're still working through it. Everybody told me that based on the circumstances I shouldn't be alive right now. And you went through, I mean, you went through hell. Yeah. But you didn't stop. No. And that's why you are the guy you are. There's a certain level of perseverance. It's like a muscle. That strength is built through, you're building the muscle based off of tension, off of stress. It's like an oak tree becomes solid over time because the winds pull it here, they pull it here, but over time the oak tree becomes this mighty, unmovable, rock-like tree, it's unbelievable. You've gone through, I've gone through it. I'm asking you, what are you going through? Find me somebody who's not going through a personal hell and I'll show you a young child who has really parents that have helped kind of insulate you and you, if you're watching this and you're a young child and you've been insulated and you're not dealing with a major crisis, praise God! But I'm telling you, the moment that you go out there into the world and you start your business or you go out there and get your job, you're gonna go through some adversity, and that's what we're talking about today. Let me give you one key before I jump into the next one here that has helped me. If you're walking through hell right now, whether it be in your marriage, in your business, whatever has happened with your child, teenage child maybe running away, here's the key that has helped me. Somebody said this to me. If you don't get bitter, you will make it. That's it, you gotta get better, don't get bitter. There we go, there we go. So now Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was taken away from Walt Disney and in 1928 he decides to create what is called Mortimer. My Spanish accent, you guys, I'm sorry. I'm from Puerto Rico, here's my Spanish accent. Mortimer the Mouse and he named it Mortimer the Mouse but Walt's wife, Clay, said, "I don't like that name, why don't you "just call him Mickey Mouse?" (laughing) Here's the deal. Lillian, his wife, we'll put a picture of Mortimer on the screen, OK? He's not a pretty mouse. Mortimer was very angular and his wife just didn't like the name. She thought it was kind of a devious name, kind of sounded like a bad guy. And so she's like, "Babe, you need to change it," you know and so his wife Lillian said, "You need to change it." I'll tell you this, in business, my wife, you know, my wife is a source of wisdom. If you're married to a wonderful lady or you're married to a guy, one thing is that if you marry somebody who's in your corner, they're trying to help you be successful. They're not sitting there trying to like, you know, "I secretly want this person "to be unsuccessful!" So my wife right now, she's running for Mrs. Oklahoma so if you go to NowISeeBook, you can go up there and kind of see her journey. A little bit off the record, I don't want to rabbit trail too far, but our son was born blind and he can now see and so there's a book that my wife wrote about that called Now I See so the NowISeeBook is her site. But anyway, my wife's going through some stuff and she did a speaking event the other day. I told her, I said, "Babe, when you speak, "you need to speak more slowly, "'cause you're very excited, "you're very enthusiastic. "When you go up there to speak, "you need to speak slowly because if you "speak too fast people can't hear you, "they can't understand what you're saying. "They just logistically can't do it." And she knew that I was trying to help her and so she was like, "OK." And she took that feedback and she was able to implement that into her presentation. And she did everything else right. It's just that she needed help on that part. And so everybody, listen to your spouse occasionally, but all I'm saying is that like his wife, it would have been named Mortimer, but she was like, "You know what? "Why don't we change it to Mickey?" So his wife, Lillian, is responsible for changing that name and what he did is he started doing this, he became very innovative. He started doing some things that no one else was doing and what he worked on was synchronizing cartoons, the actual cartoon drawings, with sound. So it was a moving picture. He's one of the first guys to synchronize the sound, you know, with the animation and he made this thing called Steamboat Willie. Steamboat Willie was his first show. We can go on YouTube and watch Steamboat Willie, but that was his first thing that really started to take off. Now let's look at how old was he at this time? Because he was born in 1901 and so this was 1928. So he's 27, nine years after he started. Remember how he started in 1919 we talked about? So I wanna go back, I wanna look at this, I wanna make sure we're getting this. So really, 1919 homeboy's getting his first job in the industry and now it's 1928. He dropped out of school, Clay, remember that. He dropped out of school, right? He dropped out of school. His cartoon was stolen, he dropped out of school, he went bankrupt, he's gone through some stuff and guess what? You're gonna go through some stuff. We've all gone through some stuff. Betrayal. We're gonna be betrayed. You're gonna be taken advantage of. You're going to lose your money. You're going to have struggles, but you gotta keep going.

Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 3
  • Notable Quotable: “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
    -Jim Rohn
    (Bestselling author and renowned speaker.)
  • Editor's Note: Walt Disney had to press through and persevere for 11 years BEFORE he achieved any level of success in business.
  • Chickens on Steriods:
  • Title Here: The important point goes here...
  • Fun Factoid: Americans spend more than $100 billion on fast food every year. This amount of money is enough to stop world hunger for many years.
    (http://blog.partnersforyourhealth.com)
  • Fun Factoid: Fast food is associated with an increased risk of death even after ruling out deaths due to cardiovascular conditions.
    (http://healthyeating.sfgate.com)
  • Lesson Nugget: Achieving success is not a race, it is a marathon.
  • Lesson Nugget: You get paid based off of results.

(smooth electronic music) It's so, I'm just digesting this. Yeah just marinate. This is great. So Clay, in 1930, both Walt and his brother Roy, they licensed all the Mickey-related merchandise. Yeah Can you break it down for us, and tell us the story behind the story, behind all this? It took them from 1919 to 1930 to have some success. It was 11 years. 11 years. I thought success happened in like 2 years. I was on kora.com last night and I read this blog, and I read like half a page of this blog about Elon Musk, and I thought I could be successful in like an hour. I just got this new job, I feel like I should be the boss. I've been working at this job for a year, and I'm not in charge of anything. Just stop with that inner-dialogue. We need to be focused on achieving success, and it's a long-term deal. Guys, check it out. Here's a little scientific news flash for you. This just in: When you plant seeds, and you water them, you can reasonably expect there will be corn that will show up around thigh-high in July. That's how that works, ok? Thigh-high by July, if you're from Minnesota, it's something you know. I'm your broda from Minnesota, giving you that agricultural knowledge you don't get in college, but it's thigh-high by July if you're sowing your seeds. The point is: There's these new kinda seeds they're doing where, there's new kinds of chickens that are being raised, where they're on steriods-- Yeah. And so they grow the chicken faster, they grow the corn faster. And guess what they're finding? It's not healthy. Ah, it's so weird. Hey, here's the story for you: I want everyone to do this, I call this the-- (loud bleep)-- challenge. And you're gonna have to edit out the word-- (loud bleep)-- we're gonna call this the blank challenge. The chicken challenge. Go to a fast food restaurant that might or might not be a national chain, and it will anyway, so you go there they have a clown with a red hair theme, but go there and get a hamburger today. Get the hamburger today. Get the hamburger, I want you to get the hamburger, and I want you to put it in your cupboard. Put it in your cupboard, and leave it there for 10 years. And I want you, I'm not kidding, leave it there. Every week, go back and look at it, and it does not biodegrade, ever, ever. Someone says, "Are you kidding?" No, get the hamburger, put it in the cupboard, and just notice it never, at no point will it grow mold. Why? Because it was never actually what you think it was. I wonder what it is. But it's $0.99, and it was made quickly. I mean, does it not seem sorta disturbing that you're pulling into the fast food and that they make the food, and it's ready in 30 seconds? Of course it's not healthy! Come on! I mean, that's how it is. So all I'm saying is if you want microwave success, you want microwave friends, you want a microwave marriage, you want microwave kids, guess what? It's not gonna be good for you. You gotta have, if you're gonna have a marriage that's something or have kids that have a relationship with you, you have to invest in that over and over and over, and maybe for 11 years. So I wanna share this with you, I got some notable quotables I'm gonna give to you a little bonus here, ok? One is you do not get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour, that's by Jim Rohn. I know a lot of people think that quote might be from Bernie Sanders, Feel the Bern. But it's not, it's from Jim Rohn, and Jim Rohn says again, you don't get paid for the hour, you get paid for value you bring to the hour. What am I saying? I'm saying that you get paid based off results, so for 11 years, those guys didn't have the ability to bring in a value to make a profit and they deserve to not make a profit because it wasn't a profitable idea. But over time, as with every business, they will eventually, if they stay the course, and they listen to their customers Don't give up. And they don't give up, they will become profitable. So, The Elephant in the Room, that's the haircut business I have, we're now making a lot of money, we're making copious amounts of money. It's a great business, but it took us 4 years to build something to that level. People, I wish I was like you where I had multiple companies. You can do it! Yes. But you gotta invest for the long-term.

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