BELOW IS AN EXCERPT FROM CULTURE DEFEATS STRATEGY 2.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE?
Walt Disney had a vision in the 1950’s for a place much more than an amusement park with the typical midway games and typical rides for kids. He wanted a magical place unlike any other for the entire family to enjoy.
Construction began in 1954 with a goal of it being completed by July of 1955. In fact, to add stress to the situation, Mr. Disney told a television audience on his own show about the park and that it would open in 11 months.
Mr. Disney was heavily involved in the project. He was on site almost daily going over blueprints and deciding day-to-day decisions.
The most inconvenient, non-negotiable for Disney was the building of Cinderella’s Castle before anything else. The contractors begged him to allow them to start on other projects first. Building the castle from the start would not only increase the overall cost of Disneyland but more importantly would slow down the project that was already going to be a race against time to make the deadline.
Disney did not budge. He stood his ground and the castle was built first. Why was this so important to him? He wanted all to see his vision. The castle was amazing and would be the central inspiration of the entire park. Disney wanted all who came to see the progress that his vision was going to produce and how ‘one-of-a-kind’ the park was going to be.
All the tough times we had in the first few months at NF was necessary to get our ‘park’ built. Every day, myself, and our staff had to share the vision of what it could become, and what it must become quickly for our talented group of rising seniors to be a part of it.
USE THIS TIME AS A 'GROWTH-SABBATICAL' TO PUT YOUR VISION ON PAPER AND THEN WORK TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!