Will we look back with regret on our career choices?

Disneyland fireworks from Disneyland hotel room
Disneyland fireworks from the Disneyland Hotel hotel room. The room was complimentary. Well, it was actually paid for with 32 year of dedicated career service.


Listening to Lee Cockerell’s most recent podcast yesterday, i was struck by one thing in particular.

Lee expressed regret for being so professionally driven, and i had never heard him say that before.

It was in answering some of Joe’s questions that i reflected on the significance of these decisions:

  • Made a conscious decision (2007-ish) to not pursue any promotions at Disney Institute
  • Quit drinking in 2001
  • Began running in 1999
  • Became Catholic in 1999
  • Was grateful that our life savings was spent investing in parenthood, with zero guarantee between 1995-2001

Joe is seeking out positive-minded people to surround himself with.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.