Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
I never thought about it till I heard my daddy tell the story on a cruise ship.
Who in the world would possibly come up with the idea of having the world fall in love with a mouse.
I mean, who loves mice? I sure don’t.
Nobody Loves Mickey Mouse, Right?
Daddy says that even the big studio producers thought Walt Disney <= click to read the book, was nuts.
“Women are afraid of mice!” the big movie distributor guy said.
Disney didn’t care. He thought he had a good idea. But he had something bigger.
Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.
What Disney had, daddy says, is the gumption, the hard-work ethic to make his idea catch on.
Dogging it or Dog it?
It’s not ‘dogging it.’ That’s being lazy.
It’s ‘dog it.’ That’s putting your nose to it and staying with it. That’s chewing on the bone till the bone is gone.
Disney also had the clarity to finish things … and finish them right.
He didn’t just want to do things. He wanted to do them right.
Disney said about Snow White:
I don’t know if people will come see a full-length animated cartoon. But they sure won’t come and see a lousy full-length cartoon.
Disney risked everything … even the house he lived in to do things right.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.