Robin Williams has and will forever be known as one of the funniest people ever alive in the history of the world. Famous for his improv and his incredible acting performances in films such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Aladdin,” and “Jumanji.” He passed away unexpectedly, much to the shock of the entire world. The planet mourned the loss of one of the kindest people, so much so, that even President Obama expressed his condolences publicly. Robin Williams’s quotes and his life can help entrepreneurs both new and old with some bits of wisdom and humor to get them through life.
- “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
This is a wonderful quote that can apply to every single person. Words and ideas do change the world. It’s how we progress as a species and as a society. Let them guide you to a happier place.
- “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
An amusing quote that has truth to it. Everyone has that little bit of weird, silly, goofy, whatever to them. That’s their unique little flavor of weirdness that adds a lot of personality to them. So keep your little madness, it can make you stand out.
- “Being in the same room with people and creating something together is a good thing.”
This is a great quote because Robin Williams knew how creativity is such a powerful thing. It inflicts emotions on the mind. It allows us to branch our minds into other places we never once thought possible. Working together and creating something can be a beautiful thing whether it be a cake, a painting, or anything.
- “Carpe per diem – seize the check.”
He may have been funny, but he was no fool. Get that money! You’re an entrepreneur for Pete’s sake! You gotta work hard to make money!
- “The idea of having a steady job is appealing.”
Almost everyone can agree with this. Robin Williams was a comedian and an actor meaning that he had to book gigs in order to make a living. This can be difficult to do, and so, you have to really work well with your craft to have a steady line of gigs like Williams did. As an entrepreneur, you are more accustomed to something like a nine-to-five job. Regardless, having a steady job is instrumental.
- “Sometimes over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn out very well – you go, ‘Why did you do that?’ But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people. There was always something that was worth it.”
No matter what job you do, find a positive outcome to it, especially if the job didn’t go well or you didn’t like it. Find the diamond in the rough. That positivity whether it was a friendship or new skills learned, that experience will carry with you for the rest of your life.
- “I write on big yellow legal pads – ideas in outline form when I’m doing stand-up and stuff. It’s vivid that way. I can’t type it into an iPad – I think that would put a filter into the process.”
This shows what process Robin Williams went through to write his material. He found that the yellow pad was better than the iPad. Having that thing that helps get your creative juices flowing, that’s important.
- “It’s hard when you read an article saying bad things about you. It is as if someone is sticking a knife in your heart. But I am the harshest critic of my work.”
Many creators and entertainers can agree with this statement. Having people review your work and then write about how much they didn’t care for it can be hard for some people to take. A good way to go about this is not to read all the negative comments and read the positive ones, get some thicker skin, and be determined to figure out what went wrong, or you can just simply ignore it.
- “When I went home from Juilliard, I couldn’t find acting work.”
This may surprise some people, but yes, even the great Robin Williams had a hard time looking for work. But, in the end, he had a great and prosperous career.
Robin Williams was a great man with great quotes. He will forever be etched into the halls of comedy.
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