Begin with the end in mind

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By Marc Lopez

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, August 25, 2014


“I’M GOING to be an artist.” That was Elias’ end in mind, while he drove a Red Cross ambulance for nearly a year. He gave up the work and joined an advertising company where he met another artist.

They quit their job and made advertisements on their own. After two months in operation they nearly starved. He worked for another company and learned about animation. He discovered a better way to do it, so again he quit his job and put up Laugh-O-Grams. In time, it also became bankrupt.

Elias’ vision kept him going. He pioneered a new animation genre. A company bought it, it was initially successful, but his perfectionism in production cost so much, resulting to a loss. He ventured on a second project; it became popular, but was again too costly.

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Undaunted, Elias came up with another concept, this time he put all his learnings from the past failures into a more feasible production of the new character. He was pleased!

He presented the concept to several companies for an entire month. No one showed interest. He looked at his work and took it a notch higher. No one, during his time, had ever given voice to an animation. Elias and his team set to work.

Elias looked at their creation. “This is it,” he kept repeating, "We’ve got it!"

His cartoon character became a worldwide success! The character’s name: Mickey Mouse! Elias’ full name — Walter Elias Disney.

How do you want to define your life? Walt Disney was clear about his vision, to be a successful artist. Despite the odds and failures he had to go through, he held on to his “end in mind” until his vision became a reality. A reality that has impacted millions of lives worldwide!

Like Vedran Smailovic, from last Monday’s article, who exemplified proactivity by choosing to play the cello in the middle of a war zone as his contribution to peace in Sarajevo, Walt Disney shows us what proactivity means by choosing to define life in his own terms.

After Habit 1: Be Proactive, today we review Stephen Covey’s Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. In his words, “To begin with the end in mind means, to start with a clear understanding of your destination.” It is making sure that each Monday, and any other day of your life, contributes in a significant way to the vision you have of your life.

What is your end in mind at work and at home? Today, choose to make sure that whatever you do brings you closer to your vision.

If you don’t have one, sit down, pray, and proactively come up with one! If you’re feeling discouraged, as you await your vision, let Walt Disney’s words inspire you, “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things…”

Begin this Monday, with your end clearly in mind!

Choose to have a Magnificent Monday!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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