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Ideas and Passions to Reality – Is it ever really too late?

Posted by John on December 27, 2009

Meredith got home for Christmas and we were watching a History Channel special on Walt Disney. While pursuing a career in Animation following his passion for entertaining people, particularly young children, he began to think in 3-D. How could he insert people into the scene? How could he improve on the traditional zoo – outside looking in – and the amusement park rides – no story, limited styles?

So what does he do? He puts ideas on paper, uses his own money, and designs a place for “children of all ages.” Experts said it would not work. History has proved them wrong – 3 Disney Worlds, Disney Land, Epcot, cruise lines, vacation clubs, media, music.

He was 54 when Disney Land opened and he never did see Disney World completed. But go and visit – feel his spirit there. The Imagineers assure that the Vision of You as a Participant in the story will live on. From images on acetate in the mid-30s to a vast empire in about 30 years. From employing one draftsman to employing tens of thousands.

I also think back to the story of Wilbert Gore. He started a journey later in life that has created W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc., a multi-billion dollar enterprise, that is consistently a “Best Company to Work For.” I met Mr. Gore early during my career there. He loved people, his company, and the associates. He had persisted through the tough times and created an enterprise which thrives today. His core principles and passion are still palpable when you talk to the Associates.

What can we all learn here? Following your passion can lead to great things and provide many others with a vision to follow. Where are you going today – to a job or to work you are passionate about? Is there great leadership or just some bosses? Think about it – your future depends on you.
Happy New Year!! While there are obstacles and challenges in our future, we will face them and learn from them. If we are not successful today, let us use the lessons learned to prepare us for better things.

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Ideas and Passions to Reality – Is it ever really too late?

Posted by John on December 27, 2009

Meredith got home for Christmas and we were watching a History Channel special on Walt Disney. While pursuing a career in Animation following his passion for entertaining people, particularly young children, he began to think in 3-D. How could he insert people into the scene? How could he improve on the traditional zoo – outside looking in – and the amusement park rides – no story, limited styles?

So what does he do? He puts ideas on paper, uses his own money, and designs a place for “children of all ages.” Experts said it would not work. History has proved them wrong – 3 Disney Worlds, Disney Land, Epcot, cruise lines, vacation clubs, media, music.

He was 54 when Disney Land opened and he never did see Disney World completed. But go and visit – feel his spirit there. The Imagineers assure that the Vision of You as a Participant in the story will live on. From images on acetate in the mid-30s to a vast empire in about 30 years. From employing one draftsman to employing tens of thousands.

I also think back to the story of Wilbert Gore. He started a journey later in life that has created W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc., a multi-billion dollar enterprise, that is consistently a “Best Company to Work For.” I met Mr. Gore early during my career there. He loved people, his company, and the associates. He had persisted through the tough times and created an enterprise which thrives today. His core principles and passion are still palpable when you talk to the Associates.

What can we all learn here? Following your passion can lead to great things and provide many others with a vision to follow. Where are you going today – to a job or to work you are passionate about? Is there great leadership or just some bosses? Think about it – your future depends on you.
Happy New Year!! While there are obstacles and challenges in our future, we will face them and learn from them. If we are not successful today, let us use the lessons learned to prepare us for better things.

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What is your perspective?

Posted by John on November 22, 2009

Do you offer solutions? Or are you just in the discussion? With life providing lots of input, how will you attack the future? What is your plan and how will you execute?

The recent week has been one of many ideas and emotions. With all of the ideas available to me, I have entered a “market evaluation” phase based on opportunities that address my passions. What business out there needs someone who loves to build a team, identify the best market opportunities, and drive profitable growth? People have listened to me, talked to me, pointed me, and questioned me. All of this has helped define my perspective.

Now, to refine the battle plan to achieve a successful outcome that fits my passions.

However, after all of this, my real perspective is the importance of family and friends. Mine are the greatest(I am sure yours are to you too.) My sister has been at my mom’s side going through the tests and reports. My kids have been on the phone to their Nanni to support. My wife, who has known Mom longer than I have known Gayle, is helping her understand the possible futures and extending her love. The prayers from North Branch Reformed Church as well as Edgewood Free Methodist Church are lifting her needs up. All of my friends from middle school, high school, college and co-workers through various social media are offering thoughts and prayers.

Facing stage 4 lung/liver cancer, we are all a bit numb right now. This was a tough result for someone going in for pre-op tests for knee surgery. Good news is that mom is symptom free, a very strong woman, and loves life. Best advice the doctor gave her was to get the H1N1 shot, get back in the game, and enjoy her life.

Peace, blessings and thanks to all.
Have a great Thanksgiving and
KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE!

P.S. All of you who have contacted me directly or through Facebook or LinkedIn, I want to thank you. I am having a bit of trouble keeping up with the social networking part. The opportunity search, the support of my mom, and the family plan for Thanksgiving are tops right now. Please continue to ping me. I will eventually catch up.

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