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Walt Disney’s Birthday

Tuesday 5 December marks the birthday of Walt Disney, we will be focussing on his achievements and setbacks in our Year 3-6 Assembly tomorrow morning. The story of his rise to fame and the adversity faced along the journey is inspiring. After many initial setbacks, even his famous animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, met with constant criticism, while the opening day of Disneyland was referred to as Black Sunday due to the many problems that occurred. Four of his many quotes about life include;

On the value of hard work:

“Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work….

I look back and I worked from way back there and I was happy all the time. I was excited. I was doing things.”

On books and reading:

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main… and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

On setting goals:

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

On failure and adversity:

“I failed… I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… I learned a lot out of that.”

“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.”

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