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Believe In Your Dreams and Don't Let Anything Get in Your Way by Bernard F Richards

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A few weeks ago my wife and I watched a film called Saving Mr. Banks. I don't know whether you have seen it. It starred Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thomson as P L Travers, the author of the book Mary Poppins.

The story is a biographical comedy drama about Walt Disney's attempt to buy the screen rights to the book.

The P L Travers character is depicted as a "straight-laced" English woman who is reluctantly persuaded to visit the Disney studios in California to discuss the making of her book into a movie. When she arrives, there is a huge culture clash between the formal world that she is used to and more relaxed world of the Disney studios where everyone is referred to by their first names.

The story is set in the 1960's and as it unfolds, it alternates between the author's childhood in Australia and the two-week visit to the Disney studios.

Initially, P L Travers is adamant that the film shouldn't be a musical and mustn't have any animation in it. She insists on vetting the scripts and changing parts that she doesn't like. Much to the frustration of Walt Disney and his staff.

Things come to a head one day and without signing the contract, P L Travers decides that she has had enough and flies back to London.

A few hours after arriving back, Walt Disney turns up on her doorstep. He tells her that it has been his dream for many years to make Mary Poppins into a movie ever since he read the book to one of his daughters when she was a little girl.

He goes on to tell her that he had promised his daughter that one day he would make a movie of the book and he never liked to go back on a promise.

Eventually he convinces P L Travers to sign the contract and as they say, the rest is history!

So why I am telling you this?

Well this is a great example of determination and overcoming obstacles to realize a dream. Disney had been trying for years to obtain the screen rights to Mary Poppins. Through sheer persistence, he eventually got the author to visit his studios, but things still didn't go as he anticipated.

At that stage he could have just given up and said "it's too difficult, what's the point."

But instead he caught the next available flight to England and convinced P L Travers that it would be a good idea to make the film and that the characters that were so precious to her would be depicted in a good light.

On my office wall I have a quotation by Thomas Edison it says;

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up"

It is said that Thomas Edison tried over 2000 times to make a working electric light bulb. He was convinced that there was an answer to the problem.

He didn't view these unsuccessful experiments as failures but as 2000 ways NOT to make a light bulb.

The point that I am trying to make is, if you have a dream, whatever that might be, don't let setbacks and problems defeat you. Keep your dream alive and find ways to overcome the problems along the way.

It will be worth it in the end!

Hi, I'm Bernard Richards, I'm a Business Advisor and online business owner. I'm interested in sharing my knowledge and experience with people who want to start up their own business or who have an online business and want to improve their results. If your dream is to start your own business and you would like to find out more about starting a business online, go to for more information and tips.

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