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How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life Paperback – August 1, 2004
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"How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walts memory and an important contribution to the Disney legacy . . . Now more than ever, we need people with the qualities Walt had: optimism, imagination, creativity, leadership, integrity, courage, boldness, perseverance, commitment to excellence, reverence for the past, hope for tomorrow, and faith in God." Art Linkletter
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How to Be Like Walt tells his story through the eyes of people who knew him and loved him, people who have admired his accomplishments, and people whose lives have been shaped by the force of his personality. It's the most complete picture of Walt Disney available to date from any book. In the bargain, we get lessons to apply to our own lives. Everything to gain and nothing to lose! Read it today.
Disney was a unique Hollywood success story. The squeaky-clean Disney reputation was built on a lifetime of doing good work. It's not that Disney was without fault or rough edges. But Disney was more often the victim of unscrupulous dealings rather than one who was putting a deal over on someone else. This book explores those aspects of his life, and reveals how these experiences shaped his career and led him to bigger and bigger accomplishments.
Just as each of Disney's successes was based on telling a compelling story, Pat Williams and Jim Denney have told Walt's life story in a unique and interesting way. The narrative is filled with stories and challenges in Walt's life, as related by friends, family, and co-workers.
The stories tell about the man, Walt Disney, more effectively than most biographies which are loaded with impersonal facts.
This book provides a multifaceted look at his personality as well as his behaviors. Different people saw him in various ways; that is all fully explained and reconciled as well as can be expected of a complex, creative genius who is not easily explained.
Disney was a workaholic and a taskmaster, yet he was also compassionate about his creative staff and his family. As you read the story of Walt's life, you will learn how we can adapt our lives to achieve greater creativity, success, and fulfillment.
As an author who has read and written about Disney, I recommend this book as one of the best Disney resources available.
Buy this book and read it several times; with the extensive details of the many Disney stories, you will find each reading reveals new insights about Disney's approach to success.
-- Rich Hamilton
But I can't complain too much, since I realize that this ain't some half-hearted work here. It is a well-researched collection of hundreds of valuable stories. Each story tells us what Walt was like, the kind of things he did, and the kind of things he wanted to do. I was particularly fascinated with his vision of the futuristic city of EPCOT, where pedestrian and car would never touch the same ground, and a giant dome would keep the city's climate forever under control.
Walt's obsessive dream of constructing a new kind of city is just one of many little tidbits of information the book has for anyone not already intimately familiar with his life. I mean, I had no clue that Disney created a popular cartoon BEFORE Mickey Mouse. And I had no idea his company was so often under the strain of severe financial woe. Heck, this book even told me the name of the 19 year old guy who invented electronic TV.
As much as I would have liked to have read about the origin of that hilarious Donald Duck, I wasn't disappointed at all when the book instead brought up the time Walt turned a hat his wife hated into a flower pot and gave it to her for her birthday.Read more ›
Pat obviously admires Walt Disney deeply and figures he has many qualities worth pursuing. Pat not only brings those qualities into sharp focus so that we can apply them to our own lives, he also looks at Walt's shortcomings. No punches are pulled: Virtually every criticism people have leveled at Walt Disney is examined honestly, but a great man is still found when all is said and done.
Even if this wasn't a "self-help" book, it would stand alone as a dynamite biography. Questions about Walt Disney's life that I've never seen anyone even deal with in print before were examined here in depth. Pat interviewed about 250 people and spent years probing into Walt Disney's life. The result is absolutely the best book on the man I have ever read.
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Inspirational life lessons drawn from the life of one of the most imaginative and driven men of the 20th century: Walt Disney. Read morePublished 2 days ago
I am a big Disney fan, and this one did not disapoint. Best book on Walt Disney, in my humble opinion.Published 8 days ago by Fauneil G. Purcell
I've read multiple Walt Disney books, thirsty for more insight to his thought process and positivity. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book used, so it was somewhat worn, but the book itself is pretty good. It is probably about an eighth grade reading level. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book that shows us the real man faults and all and how he persevered to build a company that has changed the world.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Let me start by saying that I've ready countless books on business, self-help, personal development and more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fernando Camacho
great read, fascinating point of view. I liked the way the author turned a lot of Walt's lifestyle characteristics and translated them into specific application to life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike