Day 11 – Are You a Quitter?

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Anyone that knows me, will tell you that I love anything to do with Disney.  Yeah, it’s the fun of the rides and the thrill of the shows and character meetings, but to me its more than that.  It’s a story about a man that had a dream and didn’t give up.

My family’s first trip to Walt Disney World, was in 2001.  We were moving from North Carolina to Georgia and decided to take a vacation during the transition.  The four oldest children were ages 5-10 years old, but the driving factor for this visit was so that my 5-year-old daughter could meet her favorite princess, Cinderella. The family had saved for an entire year to pay for this trip, but what we didn’t realize when planning this excursion, was the impact it would have on the rest of our lives.

To afford the trip there was a search for “great deals”.  Central Florida does offer choices for every price range, if you are willing to look. There was a great deal on a hotel near the Orlando Airport, right within our budget.  The two pools at this location were great, but the rest of the place left a lot to be desired.  At the time, we could only afford one room, which meant that the kids would take turns sleeping in the bed.  Two in the bed and two on the floor in sleeping bags.  This was a great idea, until the A/C unit broke, and the entire carpet was soaked in water!  Still, we were optimistic.

The first theme park we visited was the Magic Kingdom.  It was the FAIRY GODMOTHER of all the parks!!  It was during those first few magical moments that we came to realize this was the type of environment we wanted to immerse ourselves in.  The cast members were so happy and showed such kindness.  Guests of the park were nicely dressed, and their behavior was impeccable.  The air was full of excitement and anticipation of what dreams would come true.  It may sound crazy, but for us, it was a day of spiritual enlightenment.  It was the day we saw what we wanted our future to look like. If you have visited the parks in July you may not feel this way, but we ended up there in mid-May.  We later learned that our time in the parks happened to be the “best window” of the year to visit.

This experience would have never been possible if it hadn’t been for a man with a dream.  Walt Disney wasn’t an overnight success and even when he did achieve a level of financial security, it didn’t last for long.  His Kansas City cartoon business went bankrupt and he headed out to California with only $40.  He attained a bit of success, with a cartoon character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Walt came up with the idea of Oswald and created the cartoon series, but on a trip to New York he discovered the movie studio owned the rabbit, and wanted to produce the cartoons without him.  At this point he could have given up, but it was on that trip back to California that he came up with what is known today as Mickey Mouse.  Unfortunately, the hardships and obstacles were just beginning.  He also endured a nervous breakdown, the death of his mother from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty construction in the house that he and his brother Roy had purchased for his parents, and almost half of his animators going out on strike.  At one point the government took over his studios as a temporary military base!  While several of his animated movies were doing well, the cost incurred to make them far exceeded what they brought in.  It’s no wonder that when he wanted financing for an amusement park, his investors said “no”.  Obviously, Walt Disney didn’t take “no” for an answer because we now have a total of 6 theme parks, a cruise line, adventure vacations and numerous hotel resorts.  That is what you would call PERSEVERANCE!!

As a business owner and entrepreneur, you need to get creative when someone tells you “no”.  Realize that the “no” you received is only temporary.  Once you can overcome whatever the objection is, the answer will be “yes”.  This calls for you to listen carefully and be open to change.

How would you react if you wanted to open your own salon or spa and the loan officer at the bank told you that they couldn’t give you the loan you needed?  Would you just give up?  I hope not!  There are other resources out there for small business owners, veterans, women run businesses and many others.  You just have to find out where to look.

The best place to start would be your local Small Business Administration or a trusted CPA Firm, like Excerebus, that loves helping entrepreneurs.  You can contact Excerebus CPA Firm at info@excerebus.com or 407-988-5647.

Maybe that “no” from the bank is the proverbial kick in the teeth that you need, so you can find a better deal or maybe even a grant that you don’t have to pay back.  Here’s to little perseverance in YOUR life!

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