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Meet The Robinsons, Walt Disney, and a Powerful Lesson


I was watching the Disney movie, Meet The Robinsons today and one scene really caught my attention that’s a very powerful lesson in life and business.

I’ll explain.

A boy named Louis was a bright inventor who was trying to invent a time machine.  Well, it didn’t work.. at first, that is. 

Long story short, an evil foe from the boy’s future came back to get revenge on him.  But another young boy from the future also came back to protect Louis.

The young boy from the future took Louis into the future.   It was there that Louis met a family of inventors.  While sitting around the dinner table, someone brought out a peanut butter and jelly “gun”.  Louis was surprised to see this gun because he himself had invented such an apparatus!

Well, just like Louis’ invention, this one didn’t work properly either.  But his new friend from the future knew that Louis was an inventor and announced this to everyone and suggested Louis could fix the pb&j gun.

Louis gave it a shot. And, well, it failed.

He was devastated and upset that it didn’t work and apologized to everyone emphatically.  But to his surprise, everyone cheered Louis shouting, “congratulations, you failed!”

It was then that various members from this family of inventors proclaimed they wouldn’t have achieved their great successes if they had not failed first!  They were thrilled with the failure because they knew that success was much closer as a result.   

What a great and true message and lesson. 

So whatever your challenges, whatever lack of success you’re experiencing.. in the words of Walt Disney, “keep moving forward”.


P.S. I’m writing from Orlando, Florida just ouside of Epcot and Disney World :-)  Seems appropriate to send this to you from here (a few pics below – hold mouse over pic for caption)

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // Jun 28, 2008 at 9:05 am

    It’s the old Edison tale about trying 10,000 ways to make a light bulb before he finally hit on it. The point is that if something can be conceived of (Napoleon Hill) it can be achieved … IF … we have the patience and determination to last it out.

  • 2 Gabriel Aguinaga // Jul 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Great Post Dave.

    I know I’ve personally failed a lot more times than I have succeeded. Failing used to get me very upset, now I’ve learned that failure is only temporary — simple roadblocks on the path to success.


  • 3 David Mackey // Jul 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Your post could not have come at a better time. At this very moment I am in between jobs and I am using this time to sharpen my IM skills and techniques. At times things seem to be progressing very slowly but if I plan and progress methodically I am sure I will succeed just as Nick and Gabriel have commented before me.


    PS. We have The Robinsons on DVD but haven’t watched it yet! We will now!

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