This week, the world lost a wonderful human being. Robin Williams was not only one of the most talented actors television has seen, but also an exceptional human being. He constantly searched for ways he could help those around him and make a difference. He made us laugh, cry, and smile through the art of acting, but he was also filled with wisdom.
Whether you just started working for someone or have owned a business for many years, Robin Williams’ wisdom can teach every single one of us how we can grow in our career.
1. Follow your instincts. If you have an idea, work on it and watch as you impact many people throughout your journey.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
2. Surround yourself with people the right people.
“When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things.”
3. Be appreciative of what you have, because it will not always be there.
“You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
4. Whatever you are passionate about, pursue it. Be the best at it. Get lost in that passion and you will see how unique ideas will develop.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race and the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
5. Adjust your perspective constantly.
“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”