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!
"Amazing Quality & Book. Highly Recommended!"
Yes, I would listen to The Wisdom of Walt again. The narrator Al Kessel pulls you into the story beautifully with his strong, smooth, natural, and easy-to-understand voice. He paints a vivid picture of each scene and picture, and clearly articulates the lessons of the book. This is top-notch work and I loved listening to it.
I would compare the Wisdom of Walt to 7 Ways to Know You Were Meant to Lead. The reason for this is because the Wisdom of Walt is filled with success principles and key leadership insights. What I love about this book is it not only tells the story of Walt in detail, but also extracts the key success and leadership principles in a clear and easy-to-understand fashion.
My favorite scene was when Jeffrey Barnes (through Al Kessel's narration) talked about visualizing the details of his wedding. He told his wife-to-be all of the details of the wedding, including where it would occur and what they would be wearing. This was so inspiring because Jeffrey and his wife Nikki came from extremely different backgrounds and thought they would never be able to get married. Nikki said to Jeffrey in response, half-jokingly and half-seriously, "you're out of your mind". Guess what? Nearly every detail that Jeffrey pictured of his wedding to Nikki came true. This was amazing to listen to. I'm a huge fan of visualization and I can attest to the enormous power of this practice. I'm so glad to hear Jeffrey benefited from it, just like Walt did, and I hope more people implement visualization into their lives.
Yes, it was a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. I wasn't able to do that due to time constraints in my schedule, but the story was so exciting, entertaining, and enlightening that I easily could have listened to it in one sitting.
Overall, this is amazing work. A top-notch book by Jeffrey Barnes coupled with excellent narration from Al Kessel makes this a book you must listen to.
"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.
"Urged Me To Change"
I met Jeff, he's an awesome guy. He gave me a 12 hour tour of Disneyland. I finally got around to reading his book. And I am glad I did. I have been stuck at the same job for almost 17 years and can't go up any higher within for more pay. After reading his book he gave me the courage to apply for other jobs outside of my comfort zone, only because I have been doing the same thing for so long. Thank you Jeff for writing this. There is a great interview of Jeff on a podcast called The Magic Behind The Ears that everyone should listen to.
"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.
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