“Well begun is half done.” Mary Poppins
Most of the time the hardest part is just getting started. There is always a reason to put off starting your future. Maybe you want to take something you love, like talking about Walt Disney, and make it something you do. But it takes too much time, you don’t have a following, nobody is interested in what you have to say, you can’t make enough money, it’s just a dream. Sound familiar?
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks formed Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists in 1920 and failed in a month. Walt incorporated a new company, Laugh-O-Gram Films, in 1922 and went bankrupt a year later. In 1923 Walt and his older brother Roy created Disney Brothers Studio, later renamed Walt Disney Studios, and in 1927 come up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for film distributor Charles Mintz. After Oswald becomes successful, Mintz declares trademark rights and tries to take control of Walt Disney Studios. Walt gives up Oswald to Mintz and walks away. Then in 1928 came Mickey Mouse.
It may not be perfect or work at all in the beginning but you have to get started. Doubt shouldn’t dictate our future. Panic should be embraced and used to motivate us, not hinder us. In fact, as Michael Sprout says in The Imagineering Workout, “Panic is a very important step in the creative process. There are a lot of negative feelings lurking around in that head of yours, and now is the time to let them out.” None of these fears should ever be the limiting factor that comes between us and our passion. How are we going to find our “Mickey Mouse” if we don’t start doing?
So write the first word, paint the first stroke, set up that business lunch, set a date for that vacation you’ve been putting off, fold the first shirt out of the dryer, just get started and the job is half done. Waiting doesn’t produce opportunities and opportunities don’t wait.
Walt failed several times on his journey, but in my opinion was never a failure because he was pursuing what he loved. May we all be so fortunate.