Excuses be damned Walt Disney was a thriver, not a survivor The difference between having four emails in our in-box and 40 or 400 makes all the difference. It’s the metaphorical equivalent of the difference between thriving or surviving. We need to figure it out. Excuses be damned. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.