5 Characters with Character
I’ve talked a lot recently about our goals for Shafer…Power!, however, I haven’t spent much time discussing how we’re going to accomplish them. Therefore, I’d like to dedicate this post to what I feel are the most important traits of entrepreneurs who are working to change the world…and how the kids and I will try to leverage some of these traits to accomplish our goals.
I should start by saying my inspiration for this post was an Inc Magazine article by Jeff Haden entitled “9 Qualities of Remarkable Entrepreneurs.” While I always enjoy Haden’s articles – and this one was no different – I thought it might be fun to come up with my own short list and present it to the kids in terms they would understand. The result is “5 Characters with Character” and goes something like this:
1. Vision: Mickey Mouse, originally known as Mortimer Mouse, is the brainchild of Walt Disney. Disney, of course, was one of the great all-time entrepreneurs. Even though he did not live to see the opening of Disney World, Walt had such a strong vision that others were able to finish his dream.
2. Passion: It’s important to feel strongly about something because there will be a lot of obstacles and roadblocks along the way. And have you ever met anyone more passionate than Donald Duck?
3. Perseverance: Let’s be honest, I thought it was over for Woody when Buzz Lightyear arrived on the scene. To Woody’s credit, however, he was always there for Andy and even partnered with Buzz to defend the toys from the evil boy named Sid. In fact, it was Woody’s perseverance that landed him a role in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Nice job Woody!
4. Courage: There’s a lot of scary stuff out there and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan can definitely tell you about it – after all, it’s his job. But if you have enough courage to pull back the covers, things may not be quite as bad as they first appear. In fact, they’re probably much, much better.
5. Swiftness: If I left Lightning McQueen out of this lesson, my story would fall on deaf ears. Lightning is cool and my kids love him because he has a great heart and he’s really, really fast. Ka-chow!
Who are some other characters with character?
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