Perseverance Lead To Walt Disneys Greatest Success!

When you are in business every person you hire gets paid before you do and it may take years, even decades before you see a payoff. That was certainly the case with Walt Disney who spent his whole working career dealing with tough-minded bankers, demanding stockholders and difficult employees, not that Walt himself was always a ball of sunshine. But through his travails when Disney had a dream he understood the perseverance needed to carry it through.

In 1944, Walt Disney went to his daughter's bedside to tuck her in when he saw a book called Mary Poppins. "What's this?" He asked her. "You should read it Daddy, it could be a movie." Walt took her advice and was enthralled by the idea of a Flying Nanny on the screen. However there was a huge obstacle to his plans, the author Pamela Travers. She wanted Mary Poppins to have nothing to do with Hollywood, let alone a cartoon-maker.

Over the next several years when Walt would travel to England to make films like Treasure Island, he would pay visits to Mrs. Travers charming her with his personality and telling her about his inspiring ideas for Mary Poppins if it ever was made into a film. Finally after 16 years the author gave in to him.

The next question was who should play Mary who was kind of a frumpy character like her creator. Walt wanted Betty Davis but she was unavailable, so he decided to change direction with a younger, more attractive actress. His secretary suggested the Broadway star of My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews. Walt chose her after watching her performance in Camelot and being impressed by her loud clear whistle. She chose Walt after Jack Warner rejected her for the My Fair Lady movie, claiming the actress was unphotogenic.

After years of being more personally involved with Disneyland and less on movies, Walt's personal touch was involved with every aspect of Mary Poppins. Ever since filming Treasure Island there he fallen in love with London, to Mary Poppins he added the sidewalk painting fantasy sequence, the one-man band and the amazing chimney sweep dance over the rooftops. Most important, Walt was the model for the character of the father, a man with a gruff exterior who sometimes could not see past his own problems but was a nice guy underneath it all, and like Walt himself had big problem's with banks.

Walt Disney's long perseverance paid off, critically and financially Mary Poppins was the greatest success of his life. This was in 1964, 20 years after he read the book and two years before he passed away. Julie Andrews even received Jack Warner's vote towards her academy award for best actress! The stockholders, bankers and employees were almost as thrilled as Walt himself.

About The Author

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of two highly acclaimed audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". Hear RealAudio samples at

[email protected]

In The News:

Dixon finds Indy success  Albany Times Union
Estrada's sacrifice led to success  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Riggin Smith following family success with Belle Fourche win  Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
An Election Day Success  The New York Times
Was The Porsche 924 A Success?  Gizmodo Australia
Is Success a Big Limitation?  Business 2 Community

Self Discipline And Business Success

In his audio e-book, 10 Habits to Swell Your Bank... Read More

What is Success Really?

Every single one of us is trying to reach success.... Read More

Ten, Humourous, Power Attitudes

The ability to achieve our enormous untapped potential is directly... Read More

Reach Your Goals - Never Settle For What You Can Currently Imagine

Never settle for what you can currently imagine You are... Read More

Of Courage and Greatness

Courage is something that is reflected and reciprocated, and is... Read More

Advance Your Enthusiasm and Determination for Success

Imagine being firmly committed to your deepest ambitions. Imagine feeling... Read More

Success and Failure: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Failure is GreatYou are probably asking yourself what could be... Read More

Ensure Your Own Success

Being organised is a major step to success and the... Read More

Psychology of Success

You must understand You are already a Success, and before... Read More

What Constitutes a Good Life?

The ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The... Read More

Communication and Communication Skills - Understanding Your Audience

Response means "to answer" and that idea, in its purest... Read More

Enroll in Car College - Learn Whilst Youre On The Move

One of the most overlooked opportunities for learning and personal... Read More

How Close Is Your Fortune?

A farmer in Pennsylvania decided to sell his farm, but... Read More

Overnight Success - the Truth is Revealed

Overnight success seems to be happening to a lot of... Read More

Obstacles to Success. Why Dont I Believe In Myself and What Can I Do About It?

Why do so many of us lack belief in ourselves?... Read More

8 Dos and Donts When Asking Your Boss for a Raise

Feeling overworked and underpaid? If you're starting to feel like... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Achieve Personal and Professional Independence

1. Clearly define what you want and what is most... Read More

Creating Success - Understand The Tao of Success

One of the most important aspects of creating success involves... Read More

What Am I Going To Do With The Rest Of My Life?

Unexpected life changes. Anticipated transitions. Long, sleepless nights. What do... Read More

+ Persistence =

"Never, never, never give up; never give up, never!." -... Read More

Learning From Failure--What To Do When You Blow It!

Becoming successful is not easy. We all get tossed around... Read More

Don?t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water

Whenever we have a bad experience or we own up... Read More

Thinking About Winners

Have you ever thought about what makes a superstar? What... Read More

Winning: Defining It - Achieving It

If you ask most people whether they would like to... Read More

What Does YOUR Success Look Like?

What does success look like to you? Our culture often... Read More