Why did Walt Disney build Disneyland? Because he wanted one! Can success really be that simple? It can be when you know what you want and you are willing to do what it takes to get there.
Disneyland began as one man's dream on a park bench one Saturday afternoon. Today, it is a symbol of success and an example of entrepreneurial leadership around the world. In Jeff Barnes' The Wisdom of Walt, discover how Walt Disney took action to transform his dreams into the concrete reality we still benefit from 60 years later.
Disneyland's story is one every student of success should know. Like a great theme park attraction, The Wisdom of Walt takes its listeners on a storytelling ride with many twists, turns, drops, and surprise endings. This book will change the way you see and experience Disneyland. Instead of being a place of escape, Disneyland will become for you a model of success. Learn how the park can challenge you to live your dream, inspire you to take action, and teach you how to create your own magic so that every day for you is as fun as a day at Disneyland.
©2015 Jeffrey A. Barnes (P)2015 Jeffrey A. Barnes
I haven't read the print version
The success principles, refreshingly like nothing you've ever read in other books about following your dreams or success.
Al doesn't get in the way of the story, allowing you to interpret it for yourself.
Walt's surprising secrets to success
Really got into this book & enjoyed listening.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Please listen to this audiobook from Jeff Barnes"
Jeff Barnes audiobook version of "The Wisdom of Walt" is truly inspirational and thought provoking. The book (and audiobook) is easy to understand and follow along with.
Soooo many interesting Disney facts and tidbits intertwined with great stories from Jeff's personal experiences.
I HIGHLY recommend this book (and audiobook)!!
I really enjoyed listening to this book and was engaged straight away - because of the subject matter and the performance. The principles put forth in the book are original and give a lot of food for thought. I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to this book over reading it as Al's voice adds so much more than if you read it yourself!
"Excellent and Insipiring"
A well written, and well spoken, inspirational book that encourages us to go for our dreams, even if others think we're crazy. Great information about Walt, but even better is the connection the writer makes to the listener by turning Disney (both the park and the man) into much more than just a theme park.
Perfect match of voice and text. Al's voice is excellent and very well suited to the material.
"Engaging and thought provoking"
I enjoyed the connection between leadership a passion of mine and Walt Disney a man I admire. I was able to reflect and be inspired by Walt Disney's work. The analogies of the host of Disney land to Leadership allowed me to access learning in a "fun" way.
"Awesome book! Get it now!"
I really enjoyed "The Wisdom of Walt." You get the joy of Disney and the history of how it came to be, plus some great success lessons to go with it. Great job!
Author of "Jesus, Take the Wheel" & "Sales Success"
"GET THIS BOOK! IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!"
This is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ/LISTEN for anyone interested in Walt Disney, Disneyland, and personal development. Walt once said, “Of all the things I’ve ever done, I’d like to be remembered as a storyteller”. Dr. Jeff Barnes does an EXCELLENT job emulating Walt’s example as a storyteller: about Walt, Disneyland, and his own trials and triumphs with themes we all can relate to: “work, family, childhood, success, failure, and love”.
Jeff shares his extensive knowledge about the history of Disneyland (he has a Ph.D. in history and created a college course on the topic!) through stories that grab your attention, stimulate your curiosity, and bring you to the edge of your seat in anticipation. Furthermore, his ability to translate these stories into inspiring life lessons is AMAZING!
While going through the book, you feel like Jeff is taking you on a personal tour of Disneyland, pointing out interesting facts that you might not have ever known (Did you know Doritos were invented at Disneyland?!). Jeff helps you to see the park (and your LIFE) in a brand new way! Walt said, “I would rather entertain and hope people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained”. Well, now you don’t have to choose. With The Wisdom of Walt, by Jeff Barnes, you can be entertained and educated all at the same time!
"Excellent, Entertaining and informative"
The author does an amazing job of telling the story of Walt Disney / Disneyland and of teaching us lessons learned not only by Walt's successes and failures but also by his own. While the subject matter is fun and entertaining the lessons ring with truth and wisdom. You couldn't ask for a more amusing experience.
Yes far better.
Yes. If you love Disney like I do this is a must listen. The narration is top notch and a joy to listen to.
Al Kessel's work is always outstanding and a joy to listen to. I am looking forward to further readings by him.
There is more Disneyland than meets the eye.
I thought that I knew almost everything there was about Walt and Disneyland but I was surprised to her some new and interesting facts. The narration wear great and I truly enjoyed my time listening to this book. It was like I was talking to an old friend.
"Very enjoyable and informative"
Being a Disney crazed fan, I loved hearing the stories. Now to put the lessons into practice. Thank you Jeff for helping give me to tools to make myself a more successful paramedic and person.
"The Wisdom of a Great Teacher!!!!"
Jeffrey Barnes , the author of this awesome book is one of those Teachers that everyone fights for a spot in his class. He's inventive, insightful, & not afraid to try something new! His review of Walt Disney was delightful & I learned so much! I would love to visit Disneyland and experience it for myself. I would also love to take his class. I don't think he would want to come to Alabama. I thought I knew a lot about WDW & the history behind it but he has me beat by far. You will enjoy reading this book if you like or love anything about Walt, Mickey, or Disneyland,
🎵Who's the leader of the class that's made for you & me, J.E.F.R.E.Y.🎵 B.A.R.N.S...🎵.....fForever let Us Hold Our Banner High..🏳...Come Along & Sing🎵 Our Song And Join Our Jamboree 🎪.. J.E.F.R.E.Y🎵....B.A.R.N.S.......Yeah Jeffrey!!!!🏳🚩🏳🚩
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