We are thrilled that, after a bit of a delay, my new book Handshake has gone to print and will be available in just a couple of short weeks. Here is one more sneak peek from the book…
Walt Disney and the Choice of Excellence:
Disneyland has become an icon in American culture. People from all over the world visit this place that began as a dream on a wooden bench in the 1940’s. It is the home of some of the greatest animated characters such as: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Snow White, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Nemo, Aladdin and the list continues to grow year after year. Children that are fascinated by it grow up to be adults that love it.
After all these years, Disneyland has managed to maintain it’s pursuit of excellence, even after the death of Walt Disney on December 15, 1966. It continues to be the dominating amusement park throughout the world. Go and visit any other amusement park and you will not find the same performance standards that you will find at Disneyland. The grounds are cleaner, the landscaping is manicured, the rides are better maintained and the productions are performed at a higher level. Walt’s pursuit of excellence continues throughout the Disney Empire and as usual, excellence has paid off.
Regarding excellence, the author, James Gardner once said, “Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them…they achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by ‘doing what comes naturally’ and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.”
In this chapter you will learn these 5 steps to pursuing excellence…
1) Create a healthy drive for excellence
2) Choose it everyday, even when the emotions aren’t there
3) Realize that you cannot be the best in everything you do
4) Create processes that enable excellence
5) Think backwards
It is a passion in my own life to strive for excellence, and I challenge you to choose the same.
Until next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.” – Unknown