“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said during his inauguration. “It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto, but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”
For those that worked at Walt Disney, quitting was not an option. There were many creative artist yearning to get on Disney payroll. Trying hard wasn’t enough to being noticed. It took determination, passion and a vision to foresee a funny gag. Sometimes it took your heart and soul and it became your life’s work. In 1935, there was not many jobs as an animator. There was Warner Brothers Cartoons and it was said that they gave more freedom to their animators while Walt was strict and controlling. Maybe he was, but he had a vision and his vision required dedication.
The fear of lining up at the free soup kitchen gripped everyone’s heart. No! They had a lot more to prove and they were not ready to give up. If Walt demanded nothing but hard work, your sweat and tears the end results proved to him, you expected nothing, but the best. It wasn’t that Walt was a taskmaster, he was a storyteller and great one at that. When he told a story, he had every mesmerized, everyone watched him with enthusiasm as he reenacted the story. He would make the voices of every character he imitated, walked like the person he wanted you to envision, played out the story as he jumped in the air, all to get you excited about what was going to happen next.
If you could see all this in your minds eye while he told the story he had accomplished what he had set out to do. That was made people that knew him love him. They wanted to hear more of his stories. On Talking Terms