Jeffrey A. Barnes is an author, professional speaker, higher education administrator, university professor, and leadership/success specialist. He has taught more than twenty different college courses in both the traditional classroom and online—including The History of Disneyland at California Baptist University. Jeff lives in Riverside, California with his family. When he is not teaching or writing, he enjoys spending as much time as possible at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
In his book, The Wisdom of Walt, Jeff reveals how what began as one man’s dream on a park bench one Saturday afternoon is now a symbol of success and an example of entrepreneurial leadership around the world. As Disneyland celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year, it’s time we learn from the legacy Walt Disney left us—not just loveable characters and amazing theme park attractions, but the process for transforming our dreams into concrete reality so we can become the leaders of our own lives.
Jeff takes his readers through a series of lessons from Walt and Disneyland, ranging from pursuing our passion to building and supporting a team. He teaches us the fine line between educating and entertaining others so they buy into supporting our dreams. He shares how Walt Disney turned failures into future successes, and what Walt’s secret was that he called “the 4 Cs.” Each chapter is like a storytelling ride of twists, turns, drops, summits, and surprise endings, including insightful questions to move us toward action into making our dreams a reality so every day is as magical as a day at Disneyland