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
The story is a biographical comedy drama about Walt Disney's attempt to buy the screen rights to the book.
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
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
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?
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
At that stage he could have just given up and said "it's too difficult, what's the point."
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
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"
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
He didn't view these unsuccessful experiments as failures but as 2000 ways NOT to make a light bulb.
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!
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