- The quote
- About The Quote
- More About Walt Disney
- Understanding Dreams
- The Power of Having an Aim in Life.
- Dare to Think Bigger
- The deeper meaning of the quote – If we can dream it, we can do it.
- What should we take home from this article?
While many animals can dream, only humans can conceptualize and recreate the dream in reality. As human beings, we have an innate ability to think big and actually make those dreams possible. We literally have the ability to shape our lives, unlike any other animal on the planet. There is a reason why the law of attraction is so popular in today's age, it actually works.
If that is not inspiration enough, it's not just Walt Disney that said it, even Zig Zigler said that "If you can dream it you can achieve it". This is a simple variation of the quote by Disney. Both quotes are alike and have variations of the same theme.
"If You Can Dream it You Can Do It"
‘If you can dream it, you can do it’- is a famous quote by Walt Disney. A person who did not just revolutionize the world of entertainment but also created the production house (Disney Studios) and whose works are enjoyed by children and adults equally. Disney created a mega-million dollar business just based on this single idea. His dream brought lots of happy memories to remember for people from many generations.
He truly lived by his own quote by being one of the first entrepreneurs in the animation industry. He gave life and colors to some of the best fairytales and created characters that are still adored by kids. Today, Disney is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that is famous all over the world.
Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. His father Elias Disney worked as a carpenter; his mother Flora Call Disney was a homemaker.
After graduating from McKinley High School in 1917, Walt moved to Kansas City, Missouri with his older brother Roy to help the latter in his fledgling business of selling advertising space for trade publications.
It was here that Walt met Ub Iwerks, who then became one of his closest colleagues and collaborators in later years. In 1919, the brothers moved to California where they opened their first studio in Hollywood together. They called it "Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio."
In 1923, Walt Disney created a character named "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" that became hugely popular with audiences around the world. The rights were sold to Universal Studios who then produced and distributed Oswald cartoons at a faster rate than Disney himself could manage. The loss of control over Oswald led to some friction between Walt and Universal Studios which led him to leave and create his own company: Walt Disney Productions.
From a tender age, we are introduced to the mystic world of dreams. We enjoy the realms of fairies and dragons in our childhood. Later they become manifestations and innuendos of our daily life. Our dreams often become self-directed films that run in the back of our minds.
As we grow, we start weaving stories of our fears, past traumas, happy memories, aspirations, etc. However, dreams in later years have changed to become more realistic. These are the dreams that sometimes feel far-fetched and we shirk off our deep desires and goals because they appear light-years away from us.
In this quote, Disney does not just talk about the dream that we see when we are asleep. He also talks about the things we want to accomplish when we are awake. It is about those aspirations that we have in our lives, things we are too afraid to go after because we are playing small.
We start making excuses such as we are not good enough, it won't happen so why do it? It is a risky business, we are not qualified enough, etc. However, without big dreams and aspirations, life becomes monotonous and lacks a sense of accomplishment.
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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
– T. E. Lawrence.
Everyone should have a purpose or a challenge in life. Something they want to accomplish for themselves. When we don't have that inspiration in our lives, we tend to create more problems subconsciously.
So unless we create big goals for ourselves, we will spend the rest of our lives chasing small problems and issues in our lives. We will spend the best of our lives just complaining and blaming others for our misery and inability.
Dreams have supernatural power attached to them. They tend to come true when we hold on to them and actually work towards them. When Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it you can do it", he meant it figuratively as well as literally. He meant that if it is possible to envision it, you can also work towards it (do it), and achieve it.
From airplanes to ATMs, some of the best gadgets and habits that have become a norm today were a result of someone’s eccentric dreams and more importantly their courage to not just dream about it but also do it. We want humanity to exercise similar talent in several fields such as space exploration, biodiversity conservation, energy management, etc.
In the hope to gift a great future to the young generation, we often steal their curious and imaginative minds which are the greatest treasures they hold. For a generation to succeed with their vibrant goals and out-of-the-box ideas they must be given the space to dream and imagine. Every great entrepreneur, scientist, artist, etc., started with a drop of skill, a stream of supporters, and an ocean of dreams.
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When we are young, we are all fascinated by stories of magic, time travel, mystery, etc. Later, in life when our senses grasp the limited expanse of the culture we live in, we understand that the life we dreamt of is a far cry from what we hoped it to be one day.
The reason we lead ourselves to believe in it is the influence of several external factors because we feel the best excuse is blaming the world for our own misfortune. Little do we know that the real reason for our dreams to stay in a world of darkness has nothing to do with our luck, but everything to do with our efforts and constructive thinking.
If we really want to fulfil an achievable dream, we must act on it from the day we feel that our mind conjured the same. We must take steps to turn this dream into a reality. This quest to fulfill our dream is a voyage where we often start exploring ourselves along the way. This journey to realization is truly enlightening.
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
A simple thought may never manifest itself on its own. We all need to strive toward realizing our dreams. Having a dream is just the start of the process. We should all start by initially analyzing the reality around us. Some people are comfortable while others might have to struggle initially but then settle in.
Once we have gauged the practicality of our ideas with respect to our current professional, financial, physical, and emotional capacity we can easily chalk out a plan to reach our goal.
Some of us might have over-ambitious and enthusiastic plans, but we all must be cautious to never lose clarity of thought. Based on our action plan we all need to start taking small steps in the same direction to ensure that we are closer to our dream than we were the day before.
However, this entire process is not easy. It is filled with rocky paths and several setbacks. Giving up always seems to be a lucrative option when we are the closest to our goal but that is one of the times when we need to stick our heads down.
All we need to do is, be sincere to ourselves and continue on the path without being distracted or defeated. Some other qualities that we need to nurture within ourselves are perseverance, honesty, discipline, and creativity.
Often, we all feel the need to stray from the path of righteousness to achieve our goals via shortcuts. It is a lucrative option to steal, hurt or harm someone physically or emotionally.
However, the best way forward is when we help others realize their goals on the way of ours without expecting anything in return. Once we can proudly say that our life is aligned with the above principles, our dreams shaped as reality might be waiting around the corner to greet us.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You
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Dreams should be used as ambers of motivation to be courageous enough to take calculated risks in life. Working on our goals requires patience and a support system that will be our trampoline to help us bounce back.
We choose our tedious life because it is the safe option but unless we take a moment to understand the feasibility of our ambition, passion, and interests, we shall never come to terms with our own existence. However, we should never lose vigilance and objectivity on this journey of exploring life.
The next time we dream, let us all remember that it was not just Walt Disney but several others who have scaled great heights in life. If they can do it with their goals, so can we. Let us remember that-’If we can dream it, we can do it.’