Lessons from the Mouse Man

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once upon a time, there lived a man named Walt Disney. Walt had a friend named Ubbe, and the two of them drew cartoons for a living.

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Walt and Ubbe created a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but they lost the rights to this character to Universal Pictures.

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Talk about a tough break…

The partners created the character of Mickey Mouse in the wake of their disappointment, almost as an afterthought. That afterthought grew to become the largest media conglomerate in the entire world.

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The Walt Disney Company is a diversified American multinational media corporation. With an annual revenue of about $45 Billion, Walt Disney owns one of the largest and best known studios in Hollywood.
Judging from those numbers it’s hard to believe that the Walt Disney Company actually went bankrupt at some point but they did. Like many successful companies, their journey to success had its challenges. But how did they go from crushing disappointment and bankruptcy to unprecedented success? Here are a few lessons budding entrepreneurs can learn from them:

 1. No matter how small your ideas are, they have great potential. Mickey Mouse was created after their first great idea was taken from them. And even though Mickey was created in 1928, it did not bring much dividend to the company until the 1930’s Often times it is the little things and afterthoughts that become our source of great wealth. Persevere! Even if they do not yield results now, you never know what they may yield in the future.

2. Learn from your mistakes. As soon as the partners created the character of Mickey Mouse, they copyrighted it to avoid losing it like they did with Oswald. On the journey to making wealth, it is important to see mistakes as stepping stones rather than obstacles. Learn from them and use the lessons to make better decisions in the future.

3. Give back. When the Walt Disney Company became a huge success, Walt established the California Institute of Art, a college-level professional school of creative and performing arts, to help provide a place to develop talent for the future. Giving back is a great way to show appreciation, and it creates opportunities for more people to succeed.

4. Create lasting successorship. Walt Disney died in 1966, just before he was able to complete construction on the first Disney World resort center and amusement park. However, he imparted his vision into his workers before his death, ensuring that his dreams did not die with him. To create Timeless wealth, you must ensure your business doesn’t die with you.

No one becomes great simply by talking about the great ideas they have. Walt Disney may have lived in a world of imagination but he made sure they became a reality. Turn your great ideas to reality: quit talking and start working!

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L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.

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Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications