I think often about creativity. At times, I fall victim to over thinking my creativity. In general I consider myself a creative person but do I have the courage of creativity? You know what I am talking about, the fire in your belly kind of creativity that propels you take great risks and relentlessly pursue your ideas and dreams while ignoring the nay-sayers and those too afraid to take risks. Am I courageously creative?
Ever since I attended the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DSMMC) creativity has been on my mind. I received so many messages and A-HA moments from the celebration’s guest speakers I decided to document some of the lessons from DSMMC.
Take for example Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer and Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, who led the 12-acre expansion of Carsland and brought this wildly popular movie to life.
Ever take on a huge task and find yourself overwhelmed with the task at hand and all of the ideas you need to support the task? Perhaps the key to tackling creativity and facing it with courage – head on- is to …
” …not limit where you look during the creative process.” – Kathy Mangum.
Gary Buchanan, Social Media Manager for Disney Parks talked extensively about creativity, leading creative teams and how to capitalize on creativity. Gary shared a quote from Walt Disney which resonated with me, “If you are coasting you are going downhill.” I thought about that quote for days. I’ve been coasting for a while in my professional life (outside of this blog) and definitely felt like I was going downhill or even worst, drowning.
— DisneySMMoms Conf. (@DisneySMMoms) April 11, 2014
I listened intently as a panel, led by Erin Glover, Social Media Director for Disneyland Resort, discussed how their simple ideas turned into a career and lifestyle.
Jorge Narvaez, of Reality Changers, started his wildly popular YouTube channel (with more than 150 million views) as a medium to connect with his daughters. On his channel, Jorge, a single father, records songs, documents his family adventures and chronicles their lives all through video. Leslie Kay, of DisneyBound, created her popular Disney-inspired fashion website with virtually no formal fashion education or experience. Lastly, Grumpy Cat was born in 2012 and became an internet sensation just months later when her photo was posted on Reddit. Today, Grumpy Cat’s Facebook page has more than 4 million likes and is not expanding into branded products. All three of the panelists had the courage to create. They took an idea, something as simple as a photograph of a cat, and turned it into a successful career.
Or Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop who started Build-A-Bear at the age of 49 after listening to her young daughter’s idea.
— Linda Arceo (@GigGobGulp) April 11, 2014
Being driven to success because you have the courage to create. How inspiring, how powerful and how appropriate.
The lessons from DSMMC will stay with me forever. As I continue to travel along my journey and think about where GGG will take me and where I want to go I find myself listening intently to the messages I receive.
I have the courage to create. Do you?
I was invited by Disney to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, California and experienced special events and opportunities. I did pay a modest conference free to attend with my family. I was not asked to write this post by Disney. Opinions are my own.