Walt Disney – great artist and corporate visionary but not a genius businessman?

Here is something that might surprise you: Walt Disney, that icon of American ingenuity, was in financial straits through most of his career. You probably thought he would have been a business genius — a model for others to study. But Disney was an atrocious businessman, constantly running his company into the ground. At the same time, though, he was a corporate visionary whose aversion to typical business practices led to the colossus that the Walt Disney Company became.

Source: Walt Disney, a Visionary Who Was Crazy Like a Mouse – The New York Times

Disney was in constant financial struggle but the thing I like about him was his dedication to his artistic pursuit and vision. If he gave up, we wouldn’t have those heartwarming animations and Disneyland!


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