Yesterday was Walt Disney Day and a great reminder to keep dreaming big; let our minds feel free and imagine.
Walt Disney had a creative thinking strategy he used with all his teams, that involved having a “Dreamer Room”, where people could freely express creative ideas, unjudged by others. This later lead to the term “Imagineering” which is still used by the Disney team today.
“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting. We call Imagineering the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.” – Walt Disney
We love looking back on the journey’s that people take to success and Walt Disney’s started in 1928 on a train ride following a less than fruitful business meeting, Disney, then only 27 years old, sketched a mouse. He called the sketch “Mortimer Mouse” and showed it to his wife, Lily. Lily thought the name was pompous and she suggested giving the mouse a cuter name, such as Mickey.
Thankfully, Walt agreed with her, and a star was born. Disney’s first book, which was The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, was published in 1931.
Disney was a creative genius who brought hundreds of stories to life through his animated art. The majority of his movies were based or loosely based on books and historical stories. He loved to read and great books make great movies.
A favourite part of our job here at the Happy Confident Kids HQ is bringing our ideas to life and we are often inspired by the child and young people we meet. We also love supporting children and young people to let their minds be free of anxiety, so they have the space to explore and imagine.
So whatever idea you have, nurture them and let them grow.