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Based on Malcom Gladwell's theory of 10,000 hours and his Theorem of Opportunities, Walt Disney was a successful outlier. Walter Elias Disney's Life! Step 2 to Outlier-hood by: Ashlee Cunningham
Kinley Ragan, and
Cara Doyle Walter Elias Disney The stork arrived with baby Walt Disney on December 5th, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. This bouncing baby boy's childhood was spent moving around a lot. Finally, they landed in Marceline, Missouri where he spent his childhood. This town is where Walt discovered his love for art and spent his days selling his masterpieces ("Walt Disney: Short Biography"). Attending McKinley High School, Disney deepened his interest in art by studying art and photography. War! In 1922, Walt started his Laugh-O-Gram career in commercial art. The company went bankrupt in 1923. Walt then headed to Hollywood “with his suitcase, and twenty dollars” (Walt Disney Short Biography). Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, due to lung cancer. He was cremated and buried at Forest Lawn National Park in California. Wanting to aid in the war, Walt Disney enlisted in the fall of 1918, at the age of sixteen years old. He was rejected because of his age and instead joined the Red Cross and was sent to France as an ambulance driver. While spending his days driving officials around, Disney would often sketch characters and subsequently his ambulance was covered with Disney cartoons. HOLLYWOOD !!! His “Alice Comedies” made him a popular Hollywood figure. In 1932, Flowers and Trees was Walt’s first color cartoon and won him and his studio an Academy Award. In 1937, The Old Mill was the first short subject to use the multi-plane camera technique ("Walt Disney: Short Biography"). Disney began television production in 1954. He was the first to start full-color programming. Wonderful World of Color in 1961, started his full-color programming which kicked off his career immensely. Walt Disney put his creative ideas together, and after a year, Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. 10,000 Hours Theory Drawing, Painting, and Selling Young Adult Life Commercial Practice Step 1 to Outlier-hood 10,000 hours of practice is needed to achieve mastery . The 10,000 hours theory aided Disney in becoming successful and ultimately proved that he was an Outlier. At a young age Walt started selling his art work to neighbors. Disney was a cartoonist for his high school newspaper. While in high school, Walt attended a night class learning art at a local college ("Walt Disney: Biography"). Through these activities Walt gained much practice. Theorem of Opportunities When Disney returned from the Red Cross organization in France in 1919, his brother Roy Disney had a job already set up for him at a local art studio. Because Walt was able to make his audience happy, they always returned to see his productions, and Walt achieved success from simply having the chance to bring joy to his audience. Kids and parents would save their money to see a Disney production. The productions successfully made lots of people happy and made Disney more popular. "I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with 'expressing' myself with obscure creative impressions." ~Walt Disney ^^Laugh-o-Gram Studio ^^ Walt worked on multiple commercials for a Kansas city film company. Due to Walt's many childhood experiences and hours of practice gained, Walt achieved his 10,000 hours of practice and was recognized for his work early on. This job opportunity guided him to the Kansas City Film Ad Company where he practiced his cartoon skills and was permitted time to experiment with a camera. Due to Disney already having a job he was able to advance further and faster. Through Silly Shorts and romantic movies, Walt Disney was able to help those affected by the depression escape into a problem free world. One's success is dependent upon the opportunities that one takes (Gladwell 55). It is also dependent upon the opportunities one is given and the interaction that one has with the community (Gladwell 67). Overall
View The Conclusion of This Tale Importance of Information Importance of Proof The importance of this information is to prove that Malcolm Gladwell's theory about how one becomes an outlier is plausible. Walt Disney was able to achieve his 10,000 hours of practice before he made his big break in Hollywood. Similarly, Disney is the epitome of Gladwell's Theory of Opportunities through the surplus of advantages that he was offered. Proving that Malcome Gladwell's theory on outliers through our research is important because his arguments are important to the success of society The recognition that these hypothesis are realistic force communities to rethink their goals and standards. Communities have an obvious effect on outliers. Our overall view on Gladwell's theories is that we support his ideas in that Outliers are created through the society that they are raised in. Walt Disney is an Outlier. cartoons! Works Cited Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008. Print.
“Walt Disney. Biography.” Bio. True Story. 2013. A+E Television Networks, LLC. Web. 10 Apr. 2013.
“Walt Disney: A Short Biography.” JustDisney.com. n.p. n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2013.
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