“A kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”Walt Disney
Walt Disney is the founder of the Disney corporation, one of the most lucrative companies in existence. With high standards of quality and a never-ending stream of innovations.
However, Walt Disney was once fired as a cartoonist from a newspaper job early in life because his editor said he “lacked imagination.” After that, he experienced multiple business failures, including his distribution partner poaching his employees and stealing the rights to one of his films.
Walt Disney’s life story shows his resilience and mental toughness to rise above these failures and go on to produce an iconic brand that gave us Mickey Mouse and Disneyland.
We can learn from Walt Disney how to rebuild life from the bottom using grit, hard work and creativity.
Here are the 6 Steps to Rising From Rock Bottom
1. Be thankful for what you have.
When you’re at rock bottom, you gain a different perspective about the things you do have.
2. Examine your gaps.
Know why you failed. Was it a lack of skills or the absence of systems? Fill in those gaps.
3. Failure isn’t final until you quit trying.
It’s not over until it’s over. Understand why you failed and carefully consider your next strategy.
4. No matter how horrible your situation is, it won’t last forever.
The horrible situation is not permanent. See the light at the end of the tunnel.
5. Failure is not because of a lack of resources. It’s a lack of resourcefulness.
Figure what your strengths are and leverage them. You may not have financial resources, but are you good with talking to people? Can you partner with other people to help you reach your goals?
6. You have great power over your life.
No one changes their life overnight. To change your life, you must take a small step, followed by a series of steps to move forward. Remember that you have the ability to make a change.
If you find yourself at rock bottom, follow the steps to rise above whatever pain and despair you’re feeling from an unfortunate situation.
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