We talked about controllable and uncontrollables

Disney 25 year service award
This was my 25th Disney anniversary recognition by my leader, Tom Madden, in 2009.


Larry and i hadn’t communicated for 30 years. As we spent five hours catching up, he responded to a section of our conversation where i had made significant changes in my life (2008-2009), particularly starting a business and the plan to retire from Disney at 55 (i was 49 at the time i made the plan).

Larry said something i had never considered. He said:

You took control of your life.

i had never considered that notion. In fact, it seemed quite the opposite. So i shared with him that perhaps in relinquishing control, i gained control.

It wasn’t until i surrendered everything to God that i was able to “take control” of my life.





On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.