Sunday, February 07, 2016

Walt's 4 C's of Creative Success

"Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making his dreams come true.  This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.  When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way."  – Walt Disney

Everyone reading this has a creative dream, or if they don't call it a dream it's at least an artistic goal. So if we want to take Walt's words above to heart, let's see if the four C's can help us in our quest to get somewhere with our creative passions.

I think this manifests in how we seek out information about what we want to do. Are we actively surfing looking for information about our craft? Are we trying to network and find new people to talk to about how to get better?

"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ― Richard Feynman

Those who succeed are simply those who worked harder to get all the knowledge they could find on what they wanted to know about, then made an informed decision in how to proceed. This goes for creative endeavors as well.

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Creativity is one of the things that can get beat out of us as we go through school, and into the workforce. We lose our confidence because we are not encouraged to create freely. The people who are not creative prefer if you are not also si it doesn't threaten their little world.

Be confident in your abilities, and work hard to get better at what you do creatively. Wake up every day and repeat your goals and dreams to yourself. Have faith that God put them in you for a reason, and you will confidently go after them daily!

Getting the courage up to sing a song, show off a painting, or blog your opinions can be difficult. But if you don't make the effort, then the work you've done creating is all for naught.

It's not about being fearless, but knowing that taking the step out to share your God-given talents is why He put you here in the first place. Sometimes it takes leaving what is familiar and safe to really see how you will succeed as a creative.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― William Faulkner

I know Walt said the greatest of these is confidence, but I believe very strongly that consistently working on your craft is the best way to become better. This may sound kind of silly, as common sense would dictate the more you do something, the better you become. But you'd be surprised how hard it is to actually be consistent! You'd be surprised how many people start something and never finish. You'd be surprised how many never even start!

Sometimes I feel like the reason for my success is rooted in the fact that I just stayed with it. I didn't quit, and I was more consistent in what I do than others who would like to do the same thing.

"In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently." - Tony Robbins

There you go, 4 C's from my creative mentor Walt Disney. I hope they help you be successful as they have me!

Have a great week!

Eric Copeland loves Disney, that much is true, but his goal is for everyone to be able to explore and find success with their creative talents. For the Creative Soul is a service of Creative Soul, a consulting, production, and marketing company for Christian ministries, If you'd like to learn more go to


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