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Derek BartonDerek Barton

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - The title of a thought-filled book on life lessons. Maybe you've read it.

I was thinking about that title recently as I'm coming down the home stretch of remodeling my house. If I wrote a book like that, my title would be: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Building a House.

This experience has reinforced what I always believed to be true; you cannot build something great unless you have a great team! No matter your vision or goal, you have to find the best people who will embrace your vision and help you achieve that goal.

I'm reminded of Walt Disney, who asked Bob Hope to take a 45-minute drive with him from Los Angeles to Orange County. Walt knew that Bob loved investing in real estate and wanted him to invest in land where he wanted to build a theme park. They stood on acres of nothing but orange groves as Walt described to Bob his vision for building Disneyland, which in his mind's eye would be, "The Happiest Place on Earth."

Bob couldn't see Walt's vision and politely declined to invest in his dream. Walt eventually found people who could see his vision. The rest is history as they say, and Disneyland and Walt Disney World are still the most popular and successful theme parks on Earth. And, yes, when you experience those parks, it does feel like, "The Happiest Place on Earth." By the way, decades later, when Bob Hope was asked if there was anything he regretted in his life, he smiled and replied, "Not investing in Walt Disney's orange grove."

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