Just finished the book “Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination“. Although I later found that it was not the Disney books with the best reviews, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The introduction at the beginning was a bit scattered and boring, but as soon as the story begins, it is fun to read.
As I was “reading” (listening to audiobook on my commute”, I felt like in many ways Disney is similar to Steve Jobs. Like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney was always totally passionate and absorbed in his projects, and extremely detailed oriented. Unlike Steve Jobs who was always (at least portrayed in the book) completely confident like a maniac, Walt Disney had his doubts and struggles when what he believed in didn’t get the desired outcome, and he would revise his approaches or let his delegates try new things to see how things work. He continued to challenge himself for better creativity, and was willing makes a lot of practical compromises. The book also covered other more humane side of him than Jobs. E.g. how Disney was like to his families, his old colleagues and teachers, how he worked with the Disneyland workers late into the night before it opened. As a scientist, I got totally inspired!
By chance I found this blog: Ten Things I’ve Learned from Walt Disney. Can’t agree more!