The Gold Rush: Gold Fever III

San Francisco was a booming town known as the Golden Gate growing faster than other cities in California. If you were anybody selling something you would find them setting up shop on the muddy streets of San Francisco. It was quickly getting busier and rowdier by Fall 1849. The city’s harbor was crowded with abandoned ships with their crews and captains prospecting. Many of these ships were slowly rotting while others were taken apart and made into buildings. Ships like Niantic became a hotel then there was Euphemia being the cities first prison.

Many had dreams to build and goals to reach. But let me tell you about a man named Levi Strauss who was from Germany and later moved to San Francisco. There he opened a business called “Levi Strauss & Co.” selling all kinds of goods from handkerchiefs to umbrellas to clothing. He decided to go into business with one of his customers Jacob Davis and both made the “waist overalls”; blue denim pants with metal rivets on the seams and pockets making them stronger. They became very popular among the miners and soon everyone was buying them.

There were others that had the same ambition and spirit as Levi Strauss, Henry Wells and William Fargo began a stagecoach service. Nowadays we know it as one of the biggest financial institutions but in 1852 it was a mail service traveling from San Francisco to St. Louis, Missouri, slowing growing into Wells Fargo & Company.  There were other entrepreneurs that wanted to become part of that excitement and innovation and it was rampant among many others such as Domingo Ghirardelli.

I believe they were all thrill seekers in their own mind. They began with nothing but an idea and grew it into something spectacular. What an adventure it was! Even after the gold rush died down everyone wanted that opportunity to be successful; all you needed was a little bit of luck and hard work. You need to yearn it, embrace it and run after what you seek and you will find it!

However be aware to keep your eyes open doing your diligence, for opportunity is swift and slight and can pass you by without notice.  M. Stieg

Dear Reader,

“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