Walt Disney, the man responsible for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy sits watching as he was not only the innovator in modern animation but also an outstanding theme park designer. Known for his movies and his attractions, he had won several awards, nominations, and honors. But this is not what he is truly famous for. What brought him to fame didn’t include anything material, it was his attitude, his attitude that shown just as bright as the lives he has made better and those he continues to touch.
Walk Disney had a way with his words. Few words in speech he was, he those few words were monumental. He once said, “It is kind of fun to do the impossible.”
And he is correct.
It is kind of fun.
Nelson Mandela, the 1st President of South Africa, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and a US Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, beams as he tells the story of his expulsion from his university due to participating in a protest. Later in his life, prison for conviction of conspiracy to overthrow the state. Once his sentence was served, he and his administration introduced measures to decrease poverty, introduce healthcare and became a mediator between many countries. He even established a foundation for charity to fight AIDS/HIV.
Nelson Mandela had a way with controversy. Many words in speech he was, yet those words ended monumental. He once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
And he is correct.
It may seem impossible.
J.K Rowling, a proclaimed writer of the famous Harry Potter Series, laughs as she explains her “rags to riches” lifestyle that she went through and now looks back upon. A missed train and an imagination ranging far and wide was all she needed to plot the seven books in the series. Her leap of faith and her risk was what made her famous, what enchanted the lives of many as they read her stories like they were real life.
J.K. Rowling has a way with words. Many words in writing she was, yet those words finished monumental. She once said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not lived at all- in which case you have failed by default.”
And she is correct.
Being afraid to fail and not trying is the same as failing itself.
What J.K Rowling, Nelson Mandela, and Walt Disney have in common is fame and fortune, but this is not what is key. Each of these people understood the importance of failure. Importance that stretched as far as prison and as close as words on a page. These failures were present, yet overcome, as each of these people ended their lives (in J.K. Rowling’s case – still living their lives), in success, in honor, and in strength.
What may seem impossible truly is not. It is not impossible because it can always be done. The only way we know this is by trying. Because if we do not try than we by default fail anyway. So give it all you got, shoot for what you think you cannot, because come on, “It is kind of fun to do the impossible.”
-Happiness in Handfulls