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Quotable

Proof is in the conduct

Disney Keynote Speaker
GNP. Fantasia Mickey and Glacier Lillies.

Being eager to learn is not the same as continuously improving. Desire must equal action. What are you reading/learning now and what did you just finish reading/learning? Where are you posting fresh, vibrant, inspiring content? One doesn’t have to approach life ambitiously, but if you are ambitious in a competitive industry, you have to want it more than everyone else. Prove that in how you conduct yourself.

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Quotable

Simple advice from Walt Disney

Dream. Create. Inspire. Keep moving forward.

Simple advice from Walt Disney.

Keep moving forward.

Walt Disney

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Dear Son

Career leadership 201

Cort (left) was our best man in 1983. Cort and i have known Deb (right) and her husband Howard (our fraternity brother) since 1978. Photo: yesterday biking though Philly.

Career leadership 201:

  • Put contribution ahead of pay
  • Love what you do
  • Live within your means
  • Continuously improve
  • Have fun
  • .think .differently
  • Lean into discomfort
  • Envision a future that’s not only better than now, but much better
  • Develop others
  • It is definitely about who you know – get to know a lot of people and the right people

The list goes on, which is why the next blog about personal organization is critical.

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Final 120 Days

Three pieces of advice for college freshmen

A big city newspaper interviewed me just before i boarded a plane to Kuwait last month.

The article isn’t linked here intentionally, and the photo (above) shows the one quote the reporter used from our 10-minute conversation.

Don’t sweat the future. Opportunities are going to present themselves. You want to have critical thinking. You want to work well with a diverse group of people. You want to follow your passions.

Nice to be chosen for the article’s last paragraph ending.

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Blogging & Social Media

Writing advice 101

Disney Leadership Speaker
Case in point, Peter Drucker, thank you.

The goal of the sentence you’re reading is to get you to want to read the next sentence.

 

On a recent call with an aspiring future Disney Cast Member – who lives in New England – i was disenchanted by the sheer size and quantity of her cover-letter paragraphs.

i didn’t want to read her cover letter (i promised i would) because it looked so typical.

And boring.

Mind-numbing, really.

A week later, i finally mustered the patience and energy to tackle it.

Ugh.

My summary…

“I’ve loved Disney since I was a child.”

“My first trip to Disney, etc, etc.”

“I truly admire the Disney way.”

“I’ve always wanted to work for Disney.”

Typical.

Predictable.

Plain vanilla.

She took the feedback well yesterday.

Perfect.

 

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