Irony Of Life: Walt Disney Was Fired From A Newspaper Because Of Lack Of Creativity

Date March 5, 2018

One would never think that the "Wonderful World of Disney" and all that it entails - theme parks, films, television and merchandise to name a few - was achieved by the never-ending, fearless strength of a single man - the entrepreneur and genius, Walt Disney himself.


Walt Disney was fired from the newspaper he worked for

What’s even more inspiring about Walt Disney’s story is that before all the failures also came, he was fired for lacking creativity.” At age 22, Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri newspaper.

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According to his editor, he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." The sweet ending is that Disney went on to purchase ABC in 1996, which at that time owned the Kansas City Star, the very newspaper that fired Walt Disney.

Disney's other life failures

One of his early ventures was called Laugh-O-Gram Studios. Here, he went into business, creating cartoons. A year later, Walt’s studio went bankrupt. Finally, he decided to set his sights on a more profitable area: Hollywood.

He and his brother moved to California and started producing a successful cartoon series. In 1928, Walt Disney was best known for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

It was his creation, his baby. His producer had stolen Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, along with all his employees, right out from under him. Charles Mintz assumed Walt Disney would cave and continue to make the cartoons for the 20 percent, but Walt did something that surprised everyone.

Disney gave up Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Charles along with all the animation artists he stole. He merely let Oswald the Lucky Rabbit go. By doing so, he created something so much better: Mickey Mouse was born.


The creation of Mickey Mouse cartoon and theme park, Disneyland

An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters.


Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, and his friends Donald Duck and Goofy.


In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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And in the late 1940s, Walt Disney began building up plans for a massive theme park. He wished the theme park to be like nothing ever created on earth. In particular, he wanted it to be a magical world for children and surrounded by a train.

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It was characteristic of Walt Disney that he was willing to take risks in trying something new. After several years in the planning and building, Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Disney spoke at the address:

To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, …. and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

The success of Disneyland encouraged Walt to consider another park in Orlando, Florida. In 1965, another theme park was planned.

Walt Disney died of lung cancer on December 15, 1966. He had been a chain smoker all his life. An internet myth suggested Walt Disney had his body cryonically frozen, but this is untrue. It seems to have been spread by his employers, looking for one last joke at the expense of their boss.

It’s been 51 years since Walt Disney died, and yet he lives on through motion pictures, theme parks, and merchandise.

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How is it that one man created something so amazing, allowing his name to live on forever? Perhaps, the secret is in his failures. We all fear to fall. However, rarely will falling kill us. If the going gets tough, think "Walt Disney" and believe and persevere!

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