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10 classes from Disney and Pixar movies

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Animated Disney and Pixar films have always been characterized by lovable characters who are constantly fighting evil. However, there are also some lessons any entrepreneur can learn in these animated stories in order to make their business a success.

We give you 10 lessons from some of his classic and newer tapes:

1. Peter Pan's imagination

This 1953 film is based on a book by the Scottish writer James Matthew Barrie. The story is about a young man (Peter Pan) who refuses to grow up and leads the "lost children" in a fantastic place called Neverland. When Peter is introduced to a mature young girl named Wendy and her brothers, he convinces her that all you have to do is think about it to fly. With the power of their thoughts they manage to move to Neverland, where they experience great adventures.

The sentence "If you can think about it, you can do it" has become the motto of many well-known entrepreneurs and business people. This was the case with Steve Jobs. Imagination is the main component of an innovative person; from someone who has a great idea and knows how to turn it into a successful business. Peter Pan's teaching is just that: dreams and confidence that you can achieve them make them come true. Don't be afraid to think differently.

2. Robin Hood's social responsibility

This 1973 film tells the story of a medieval hero (played by a fox in Disney's version) who robs the rich to give to the poor. The young Englishman is an expert in the use of a bow and arrow and uses his skills to achieve social well-being.

Although Robin Hood is indeed an outlaw and a lawbreaker, this character is remembered as a hero of theft, not for his benefit but for people suffering from the injustices of an exploitative government. In today's society, economic inequality remains one of the major problems. In this sense, an entrepreneur with specific skills and qualities can and must provide wellbeing to society and the planet. That's what social and environmental responsibility is all about: the ability to make this world a better, effective way.

3. The Toy Story teamwork

Pixar's first feature film was the groundbreaking animated film in 100% digital making. In this trilogy, the most important thing is friendship (both between the toys and with Andy); The characters come together and never give up. In the third episode – winner of the Oscar for best animated film – this value becomes even more relevant when all the toys try to escape from the terrible nursery. His escape plan requires the specific skills of the members in order to be successful. In the end, thanks to the talent of each toy, they run away and reunite with Andy.

In any company, teamwork is essential to achieve the goals. Each of your employees has capacities or talents that are essential to the company. The lesson from Toy Story is not only that human capital is the key to success, but that it is necessary to have a common goal and that you, the leader, are the one who needs to establish and communicate it effectively. Listening to your co-workers can bring you great benefits and solutions to problems. That is also part of your leadership role.

4. The leadership of the Lion King

This 1994 film, which adapted the play Hamlet and set to music by Elton John, was one of Disney's great successes. With the death of his father Mufasa (who is considered the great king of the jungle), Simba – who is hardly a cub – has to face his fate as his successor. Unprepared for the position, he disappears into the jungle for some time, where he meets Timon and Pumbaa while his uncle and the vicious hyenas take over. When he discovers that the kingdom is starving, Simba returns to lead and brings well-being back to his subjects.

Leadership is something that is earned and not inherited, that is the teaching of the Lion King. What we see throughout the film are the skills a person must have or develop in order to be a true leader: decision making, knowledge of their market and authority, understanding this quality as respect for the achievements achieved and trust. Not everyone is born and knows how to lead, but life, experiences, and even crises are the best teachers. All you have to do is believe in yourself and your ability to lead others to success.

5. Be Aladdin yourself

This 1992 film comes from one of the most famous stories in the Arabian Nights. In it a little thief finds a wonderful lamp that contains a spirit from which he makes three wishes. The first of them is to become a rich prince to conquer Princess Jasmine. Although Aladdin is greeted like a celebrity by the citizens when he comes to Agrabah with a spectacular parade, Jasmine is not interested; she prefers the beggar.

This film has a valuable lesson: the image affects, but the really important thing is to always be yourself. In the business world, first impressions count (especially when it comes to finding partners and investors) professional image is of the utmost importance; This ranges from choosing the right clothes to issues like non-verbal language and attitudes like punctuality. However, the picture is not everything. A person who excels in any field is distinguished by their unique personality and unusual skills. Aladdin is a good sign that pretending to be who you are will only fail and be rejected.

6. The Sacrifice of Hercules

The film that tells the myth of the Greek origin of Hercules is the 38th Disney production. Hercules is the son of the main god Zeus and has had superhuman strength since childhood. As a small baby, however, he is kidnapped by Hades, the king of the underworld and brother of Zeus, who tries to murder him. Although he cannot kill him, Hercules becomes mortal and expelled from Olympus. To return home, you have to prove that you are a true hero.

Yes, Hercules has a supernatural power that allows him to defeat any mythical creature and is considered a hero by people, but his father knows he lacks the most important thing: sacrifice. Hercules will only be accepted on Mount Olympus if he chooses to give his life for Meg. Here is one of the great lessons from Disney: An entrepreneur's success does not depend on the successes or profits he makes, but on how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his dream come true. that is, what can he do to ensure that his people are seen as leaders?

7. Learn the sword in the stone

This was the last feature film ever released by Walt Disney (1963). The action revolves around "Grillo", a teenager who, according to legend, would become the King of England by drawing a sword out of the stone. With the help of the magician Merlin, "Cricket" learns everything it takes to run a country (and even turns into animals like squirrels and fish), which ends with his coronation as the famous King Arthur.

Again: leadership is learned. "Grillo" is looked after by the wisest being of the moment, the magician Merlin, who shows him the keys and challenges of the king. Only when you learn and follow your instincts can you understand the rules of leadership. Surround yourself with the best talent and great mentors and listen to their advice. Never stop learning and constantly training yourself with the idea of ​​starting your business and taking it to the next level. As an entrepreneur you don't have to be a mortologist: a leader knows how to improve his skills and Delegate responsibilities .

8. The persistence in finding Nemo

This digitally animated film is one of the most famous from Pixar. In it, a small fish named Nemo (with a short fin) is lost and his fearful father Marlin crosses the ocean to look for him. After going through great dangers and meeting dear friends and ruthless enemies, Marlin manages to find Nemo, who was trapped in an aquarium in a dentist's office.

The lesson is clear: if you persevere, you will achieve. Whoever seriously pursues his goals, no matter how many failures or disappointments he had along the way, is the only one who will succeed. So, never give up; If the doors are closed in one place, others are always more open. If you want to own your business, no matter how many miles you have to travel, you are.

9. The creativity of Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (1951) is based on the famous novel by Lewis Carroll and is a combination of strange characters, unusual situations and fantastic ideas. When Alice falls into the hole, she knows a completely different world, something that is only possible to imagine dreams.

The creativity and originality of this film are the elements that make it great. Creativity is not only about creating problems, but also about solving them, a lesson Alice learns on her journey through Wonderland. Supporting this element in your company is the first step in increasing your competitiveness. Forget about past plans and dare to explore new ways of thinking and seeing. Only then will you reach the white rabbit.

10. The adaptation to the change of Monsters Inc.

Produced by Pixar and released in 2001, this film is about two monsters who work in a factory dedicated to the fear of children and whose screams draw energy to illuminate their city. However, the way they work is affected when they meet Boo, a little girl who sneaks into their world and whom they have to take care of. Like many other children, she is no longer afraid of monsters.

When Sully and Mike discover that they can no longer make the children scream, the company and the whole town are threatened. However, they later discover that there is something even more powerful than screaming: laughter. Without a doubt, the qualities of innovation and flexibility are the keys to a company's success. At Monsters Inc., they are facing a market that is no longer responding to the same stimuli and they need to find a different formula to get their attention. In this way, they not only find a solution to the problem, but also a more effective and cheaper practice. A leader has to adapt to change and understand that everything is perfect.

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