Life Lessons I Learned from Robin Williams

Robin WilliamsThere is so much to take away from a lovely man like Robin Williams. The heart wrenching way he decided to end his life will not be moment that defines him – not at all. He left behind a legacy of comedy and films that reminded us to be wild, childlike and care free. He embodied the roller coaster of life, and just by being himself could make any topic, dark or light; absurdly funny. Everyone had such a natural affinity towards him because he reminded us to see the humor in things, and what a gift laughter truly is.

Laughter was but one of the gifts Robin Williams shared with us. Through his films he conveyed some real life lessons across multiple genres. He taught us lessons that I apply even to my work life each and every morning.  Below you will find a few of my favorites.

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it all” – Dead Poet’s Society

In Dead Poet’s Society, Robin reminded us to be Proactive, which is pretty much a mantra over here at DAVIS. Life is extraordinary and made up of a series of choices; choices that you get to make. It is so easy to make excuses, and wait for things to happen but how good does it feel to grab the bull by the horns and take control of your own life?

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to”- Good Will Hunting

On a daily basis I go through at least 45 emotions at my desk. Recruiting is a myriad of emotions, both good and bad.  No matter what your view is, you need to find the good in each situation, or at least a coworker to laugh about how bad your day is.

“Oh, no. To live… to live would be an awfully big adventure.” – Hook

In Hook, Robin Williams plays and adult version of Peter Pan, reminding us it is never too late to go back to where we started. You are only as old as you think you are. Stay young you spring chicken!

 “Good people end up in Hell because they can’t forgive themselves.”What Dreams May Come

We are all human, and humans make mistakes. It is so easy to beat yourself up and replay moments over and over in your head. But what good does that do? Be kind to yourself and move on.

I will leave you with one of my favorites that needs no explanation.

“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.”

Rest ever so peacefully, Robin.

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