4 Keys to Snow White’s Success | Lessons learned about life from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

4 Keys to Snow White’s Success | Lessons learned about life from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Snow White's Personality
Snow White’s Personality

Snow White is one of my favorites. My daddy wears a Grumpy t-shirt that I bought him. My daddy will wear anything I buy him.

Snow White was a HUGE risk for Walt Disney. He made $30,000 guaranteed for each cartoon short they made. The budget for Snow White was over $1.5 million!

Walt Disney said, “We did not know whether the public would go for a cartoon feature, but we were darned sure that audience would not buy a bad cartoon feature.”

Wow! Instead of working the safe zone, staying within the budget, they decided to make the best product they could.

Related: Lessons Learned about Life at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco | Introduction

His three non-negotiables:

1. No compromise on money – and it wasn’t as if they had unlimited resources. They had to beg, borrow and steal.

2. No compromise on talent – they found it as far north as Silicon Valley.

3. No compromise on time – they took the necessary time to make the product.

The fourth is Walt Disney, the visionary and leader. Somebody has to be far enough out front to pull the rest along.

It seems that big dreams are accomplished when people dream big, act big and let the consequences fall where they will.

Indeed people do what they can and hope people will settle for their best effort, rather than create the best.

Tough lesson, this one.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

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