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PANT RANT or IT’S IN MY PANTS

Check out the fit on these pants.

Check out the fit on these pants.

I like the colour, the material and the colour, but they were way too long.  The pants needed to be shortened if I was going to be able to wear them without tripping.

But…they weren’t getting shortened until I bought them.

Did you get that?

You can’t change anything you don’t own.

Take that out of your pants and apply it to your life…it works there too.

If there’s something in your life you’re not happy with CHANGE it, but that can’t happen as long as the problem is someone else’s.

This is why we can’t change other people – because we don’t own them.  Changing ourselves can sometimes cause them to make changes in themselves, but don’t count on it.

YES! There are nasty people out there and they will do nasty things to you and NO! it’s often not your fault, but (and it’s a big but) at some point, you have to grab your problem by the pants and say “This is MY problem and I’M going to do something about it.”

  • Stop being a victim (or acknowledge that you like the role).
  • Stop complaining about what “THEY” did.
  • Own your pants and get them hemmed so you can stop tripping on them.

DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEMS LIKE A MOUSE

Betty Boop before and after the production code

Betty Boop before and after the production code

I was watching some early Betty Boop with my kids this week.  This was before 1934 when the production code made her cover up her cleavage, lower her hems and lose both her garter and her wiggle.  She’s saucy, sexy and awesome.

After the code went into effect, she lost more than the garter – she got watered down and became a little (I hate to say it) bland.

Betty was a product of the Fleischer Studios, but they weren’t the only animation studio to have problems with the production code.  Disney’s biggest star – Mickey Mouse – did not pass the code’s strict moral standards; he drank, smoked, abused other animals and forced kisses from a reluctant Minnie – WHAT A CAD.

Where the Fleischers grumbled and robbed Ms. Boop of her spark, Disney used the opportunity to reinvent Mickey.  He became the happy-go-silly, optimistic innocent we know and love today.  He also jumped from being a star to being an icon.

Life is going to throw you some problems – sorry, but it’s true – you can grumble about them and give up or you can muster all your creativity and do a Disney, use new limitations to create a work of genius.  Turn your star into a legend.

IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL YOU QUIT

One of Kimball's most loved characters

One of Kimball’s most loved characters

Ward Kimball's creation.

Ward Kimball’s creation.

Last July I was working at the opening ceremonies of TAAFI 2013 (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International).  David Silverman was the Keynote Speaker. Silverman, Director and principle creative genius behind The Simpsons, was everything you’d expect him to be: Creative, Funny, Knowledgeable, Personable and a little Irreverent; I loved it.

My favourite anecdote was hearing that as a student at UCLA Ward Kimball came to lecture.  Kimball was one of Disney’s original Nine Old Men, an Academy Award winning animator who Walt Disney himself referred to as a genius.

Kimball told them “Walt’s dead, and you missed him.” The message to these young, animation students was clear…’the Golden age is over’.

Kimball lived to see the later Disney masterpieces including, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King, Toy Story and Monsters Inc., not to mention The Simpsons and the birth of DreamWorks.  I wonder if he changed his mind about it all being over.

EVEN A GENIUS CAN BE WRONG.

You’re going to run into a LOT of people trying to tell you it’s over, you missed it, you’re too late, the boat has sailed.

THEY’RE ALL WRONG.

If David Silverman had listened to Kimball, he wouldn’t have bothered creating anything new and wonderful.  Don’t EVER let someone tell you it’s too late.  It’s only too late when you believe it is and give up.

GO CREATE A NEW GOLDEN AGE for you, the people you love and the rest of us; we’re all richer when you do. 

 

Check out the TAAFI website here http://taafi.com

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