It was a truly desperate effort to reach outsiders – global Disney Institute business professionals – because nothing i tried seemed to work for the masses. No one else on the Disney Institute team had solved for this and, weirdly, i was traveling a lonely path to figure this out.
A flash of insane creativity and risk-taking.
What if i applied world-class, time-tested Disney business principles to my personal life?
The biggest application came to personal health. The year (1999) i joined Disney Institute, a wake-up call in the form of a danger-zone cholesterol report rattled me to the core.
Long story longer, i began running 100 meters (the distance between neighborhood mailboxes) daily for a week. Second week, 200 meters daily. Third week 300 meters.
Ten years later, i represented the United States at the 2009 Masters Track & Field World Championships in Finland in the 50-54 age group at 400 meters.
While the application was a world class change to my personal life, never felt comfortable sharing the story in the Disney Institute classroom or on stage at a speech.
As the years went by, the name – If Disney Ran Your Life – became a thing that i knew had potential, partially inspired by Fred Lee’s book, If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9.5 things you’d do differently.
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