Creating happiness instead seeking it, is the easiest way to bring fulfillment in your life. Yet it may be not be a simple task. Sometimes we suffer from an immensely convincing justification that we need to be happy and content ourselves first in order to share it with others. We bring you the extraordinary life of Walt Disney, which is an inspiration to become a source of happiness for everyone around us. Walt Disney was born on 5th December 1901, to Irish-Canadian parents. He was extraordinary from the very beginning. At the age of seven while most children struggle to learn to read and write, Disney was selling his sketches to neighbours. In his lifetime, Walt Disney did more to touch the hearts, minds and emotions of millions of people around the world than any other man in the past century. He continues to live through generations through his works, creations and innovations. Walt Disney was not only an animator, but also a voice actor, lending his voice to the world famous fictional character which he created - Mickey Mouse. He was an entrepreneur who, with his passion to entertain, became an international icon. These are some of the reasons which most people are quite familiar with. However, what really makes Walt Disney stand apart is that he was a great philanthropist. He was dedicated to enrich the lives of people. Despite having no formal education after age 16, he spent enormous effort to enrich the process of education. `As early at 1945, he had pioneered the concept of introducing educational films in the classrooms of America.` Ever since, The Walt Disney Company has received much acclaim through the educational programmes which it produced. He worked with artists and educators to provide academic content which would aid the curriculum. A large number of these interactive, teaching tools were available to teachers and students at no cost. His investment ranged from as early as elementary school and all the way high to school, in practically every subject. He said, ` Having spent most of my life creating material for children and observing their potential, I feel convinced that a full-time education for the youth is our best investment for the future.` Another of Disney`s remarkable achievement was founding the California Institute of the Arts in 1961. It was the first college in America which offered degrees in visual and performing arts. Over the years, it has produced some of the greatest talents of the animation and entertainment industry. He has been quoted saying about the Institute, "It's the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something." ` Here are three simple but profound lessons we can learn from his life:
- Wherever life places us, and no matter how little it gives us, we are always in a position to be a source of happiness to others if we care enough.
- Whatever we do must consume our heart and soul and that alone can make our work worthwhile. Walt Disney is famously known to have found no one as interesting as his creation Minnie Mouse! He was completely immersed in what he did.
- Look inside to see what you can leave behind. Every human being is a treasure. It is upon us how much we give and to whom. Giving to others is the most noble and beautiful way to receive happiness in your own life.
It pays to enrich the lives of others, because we are all connected. We cannot live in isolation. The old saying always holds true ` what goes around, comes around.`