In How to Be Like Walt, Pat Williams cites what are considered the six qualities that made the work Walt Disney did so creative and innovative. In re-reading How To Be Like Walt, it was a great refresher on what contributed to Walt’s success.
The Six Factors of Walt’s Genius
Paul Anderson, a Disney historian and a professor at Brigham Young University teaches a course called “Walt Disney and American Culture.” Anderson spent years studying, interviewing, and reading about Walt to determine the source of Walt’s genius. The six factors they concluded are…
- Knowledge – Walt had a thirst for knowledge. He tried to impart this love of knowledge to everyone around him… He knew that it would pay dividends for the studio.
- Experimentation – Walt was always pushing the envelope and testing new ideas. He was on a continual quest for discovery, and he encouraged that same spirit in his staff.
- Quality at All Costs – Walt’s philosophy was “Whatever you do, do it right.” He was always reaching for perfection, and his eye never missed a detail.
- Control – Walt hired the best people and gave them a lot of creative freedom. but he always had control of the final results.
- Vision – Walt’s special gift. He had a unique sense of what would sell and what the public wanted to see.
And the greatest of Walt’s qualities…
- Curiosity – Walt was intensely curious about everything life had to offer… He had a childlike curiosity about anything and everything.