We lost a streak of brilliance last week with the passing of Robin Williams. He impacted our lives with the best sort of happiness through his art. He made us laugh, he made us think, and he made us cry. And he embodied characters who delivered important messages to us, messages we should make a point to remember and apply to all facets of our lives, including—maybe, especially—our work lives.
With these nuggets of truth, we salute Mr. Williams and the gift of self he shared with us.
Thank you, Robin.
“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” –as John Keating, Dead Poets Society
“What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven’t seen before.”—as Chris Nielson, What Dreams May Come
“It’s the truth. I just want to report the truth. It’ll be a nice change of pace.” –as Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning Vietnam
Succeed by treating people like people:
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”—as Patch Adams, Patch Adams
On being too self-focused
[Of Earthlings] They make themselves lonely. They’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.—as Mork, Mork & Mindy
Making a difference:
“ ‘…the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.’ What will your verse be?”—as John Keating, quoting Walt Whitman, Dead Poets Society