4 Lessons Robin Williams Taught Us

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world”-Dead Poet’s Society

1. Be Versatile

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Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting had a different personality from Genie in Aladdin. However, just like in Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams could change his mannerisms in a heartbeat. He was able to reach out to different people because of his vibrant personality.

2. Be there for someone in need

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Williams went to Juilliard with Christopher Reeve. After Reeve’s accident left him a quadriplegic, Williams first visited him imitating a Russian Doctor. Reeves later claimed that he knew everything was going be okay after Williams’ visit. Also, Robin Williams served as a spokesperson for St. Jude. He has been featured in other advertisements with multiple children including Darcy, who is photographed above.

3. A person can change

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Growing up, Robin Williams was known to be a shy child. It wasn’t until he became involved in drama in high school that his personality became vibrant.

4. Don’t let failures overshadow you

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Williams had hits like Good Morning Vietnam, but he also had box office bombs like Bicentennial Man and Death to Smoochy. Even Mork and Mindy was eventually canceled, but it did not stop kids from reciting his catch phrase “Shazbot Na-Nu-Na-Nu.” He made his mark when Mork first appeared on Happy Days and he continued be a star in other successful box office hits like August Rush and License to Wed. He created an impact regardless of a few bad films.

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