By Glen Tibaldeo
Laura and I love Disney. We are one of those loony couples who go to Disney World every year—without kids.
Disney has provided such inspirational messages for all ages through the ages, such as:
And in Frozen, the tenth most successful movie in history and most successful animated feature, “It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I’m free!”
Now I’d like to share a powerful Disney quote that changed my life by empowering me towards a life at which many now marvel.
“Make six-figure incomes working from home!” You’ve seen that sign. I’m that guy. I have had a 10-step commute to serve clients around the world for over a decade in less than eight hours per day. I sound like a pompist (I made that up), but I need to be honest to drive these points home. Nonetheless, I certainly did not always have this freedom.
When Laura and my courtship began, we were working for the same ultra-demanding consulting firm and management team on the same project. I would sometimes be seen in identical clothes for more than a day because I didn’t go home. I don’t know what this says about Laura’s values in hygiene and sense of smell, but it’s true. Everyone was putting in crazy hours, but I was the champ.
Laura, on the other hand, would walk in at 8:30 AM calmly and well-rested with a smile, stopping to chat pleasantly with our clients on the way to her desk while all of we consultants were already pounding away voraciously. Now here’s the kicker.
She got the fastest promotions of anyone in an office of thousands.
I reiterate—same company, project, and management team. We were the Beauty and the Beast of work/life balance. Luckily, being in her life, I got an insider’s look at what she was doing. Determined that I could do it, too, I broke her methods into a formula, which along with this quote, changed everything for me:
"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way--implicitly and unquestionably." --Walt Disney
Laura's powerful formula basically boiled down to this:
MBAOnline found that in 1970, average Americans worked 35 hours per week, earning an inflation-adjusted $59,000. In 2012, they put in 46 hours and earned $51,000.
That’s not progress. Make progress. Is work your life? Make life your life. Do that, and like Queen Elsa in Frozen, you can say, “I’m never going back. The past is in the past!”