PP 103: Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Disney

Episode Transcription – Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Disney

If you haven’t had the joy of watching a Disney movie since you were a child, I have a challenge for you today.

I want you to go out, whether it be to your local video store, library, or even just by turning on your TV and visiting Amazon or whatever channel you have on your Roku, and rent some of the most recent Disney movies.

Actually, I take that back. It doesn’t even have to be the most recent.

One that I’m going to be talking about today is The Lion King, which I watched just this past weekend multiple times with my family.

Why am I challenging you to do this?

Because I can’t believe how many lessons there are to be learned in Disney movies — for both children and adults.

Jumping back to The Lion King for a moment, it’s been at least a decade since I watched the movie. So, when I was watching it this past weekend, I was amused when Rafiki hits Simba on the head and is trying to teach him how challenges from the past have may hurt a little bit, but there is a lesson to be learned through any of them.

Now, think about your past.

We’ve all had challenges and struggles and hurdles that we have overcome to reach where we are today.

Some of those challenges and struggles have hurt a bit, whether physically or emotionally, but they taught us something.

They taught us something very valuable, and it’s our responsibility to ourselves to take that lesson, run with it, and make our life better.

And then there’s Dory and Finding Nemo.

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

If you’ve been listening a while to the Positive Productivity Podcast, you know I try not to sing. Hey, I don’t want to hurt your ears and get an instant unsubscribe. But, Dory has a valuable lesson as well.

When we’re reaching those struggles, when we’re facing those struggles, we need to just keep swimming. We need to push forward. We need to keep on going because somewhere on the other side of the ocean or at the top of the mountain or just at the other end of an email, there is a big hurdle to overcome and an achievement to be proud of.

The same lesson can also be learned from Meet the Robinson’sKeep moving forward.

Then there’s Ratatouille. I love the scene where the mouse is introducing his brother to the magical flavors that combining different elements can create.

Just this morning I was chatting with a friend and client about the whole world of possibility that I was seeing in my head when I started thinking about how all the tech elements and plugins and apps that can be combined to create something awesome.

So many times we can think that we really don’t have anything that can produce something spectacular, but when we look at it and we start piecing them together, Bam, there’s something magnificent waiting for us.

And that jumps on to Moana. If you haven’t seen one, it’s one of my most recent favorites. She ventured beyond the reef. She went beyond the comfort zone of her and her father and her family and her tribe, and she created something awesome for her community.

Now, I’m sorry if I’m spoiling the movie for you, but the point is that any of these Disney movies or so many other Disney movies have so many valuable lessons for us to learn — both as adults and children.

If you’re finding yourself really stressed out and have a little bit of downtime, I challenge you to forego the adult drama that’s on NBC or ABC and instead pick up a Disney movie. See how you can be inspired.

With that said, go forth and have a positive and productive day.