10 TAKEAWAYS FROM MY “THAT’S FROM DISNEYLAND: POP-UP EXHIBIT AND AUCTION”

1. DO THINGS OUT OF PASSION
If you love something, be passionate about it. That energy is infectious.

2. ACT LIKE YOU ARE IN SHOW BUSINESS.
Put on a big and bold circus. Bang the drums. Make a splash. Celebrate the Greatest Show which is your dreams coming to life.

3. POUR RESOURCES INTO YOUR PASSIONS.
You have an abundance of time and money and energy to invest behind pursuing your dreams. If you can’t identify those resources get creative in unearthing them.

4. BE KIND
Share your good fortunes, listen to others, lend a helping hand. Care about others. Really care. Put in that extra effort to always be paying it forward. Create a culture of kindness that defines everything surrounding you.

5. BE THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.
People crave joyful, grateful, kind, playful places to be. Be that place for yourself and others.

6. CELEBRATE STRUGGLES AND DIFFICULTIES.
Don’t turn a blind eye to imperfections and setbacks and hardships. But don’t wallow in them. Acknowledge them. Then celebrate them. Never be the victim. Always be the hero and victor of your own life story

7. THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERYTHING.
An abandoned sporting goods store can be a magical pop-up exhibit bringing joy to 50,000 people and countless others via photos, stories and social media.

8. GIVE STUFF AWAY
Give free admission, or free samples, or free experiences., or free time and efforts. The real payoffs can be rich both experientially and financially in ways far greater than you could ever imagine.

9. ENJOY IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
All of this is so much more rewarding when shared with people who love you and you love back. And since it takes a team to create anything, embrace your team as family and treat them wonderfully.

10. KEEP ON SWIMMING
You never know the ripples you create and where they are leading. Your temporary ups and temporary downs are just that. Temporary. Never rest on your laurels or be shackled by your setbacks. Just keep loving and creating and celebrating another day.

(Bonus #11: realize even Fox News can be a source of spreading your story such as in the piece below).