What Mickey Mouse Gave Back | Lessons Learned about Life from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

What Mickey Mouse Gave Back | 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

Walt Disney got his inspiration for Mickey Mouse at a very low point in his life. Business fell through when he was in New York for him and his brother, Roy.

On a train ride home from Manhattan to Hollywood, Mickey popped onto a drawing pad.

It wasn’t long, however, till Mickey started giving back to Disney. As if, he, Mickey, was so glad to be alive.

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Steamboat Willie, with its sound effects and cautious speech gave the cartoon character and personality. The flat screen character had a new dimension, a lifelikeness.

“Mickey,” Disney said, “freed us of immediate worry … provided the means for expanding our organization … for extending the medium of cartoon animation… new entertainment levels … production liberation.”

A mouse did that. A mouse “born of necessity” did that for Disney and his studio.

Inspiration comes when we least think it will.

Inspiration takes on the most unlikely shapes.

Inspiration gives back … almost immediately.

Think hard how many lives have been affected by that train ride home.

Think hard how many lives have been affected by the people who cause Walt and Roy Disney financial troubles.

Think hard …

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

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