Do you remember where you were when you heard Robin Williams died? The whole world was in shock…this seemingly happy, joyful person we all loved had silently been hurting and was in pain. How many people do you know that might be silently struggling? In today’s episode I talk with someone who has dedicated his life to helping those who struggle.
In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:
- Writing when you aren’t a writer
- The importance of telling a story
- Jamie’s transition from surf company salesman to Non-Profit leader.
- How To Write Love On Her Arms is helping those who are hurting
Two of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life came from Robin Williams.
From the risk he took in taking the role of John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society, I learned how to use my fears to take my life to the next level. From his character I learned how a leader helps others to roar.
Robin Williams will be missed. Today, I remember him fondly for these two great lessons.
I think you have something inside of you that is worth a great deal.” – Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Lesson One: A leader helps others to roar
A leader’s job is to help others to find their courage.
A leader’s job is to help others overcome their fears and find that something inside of them that is dying to come out; that something that will change the world and give them life.
That’s what Robin Williams’ character, John Keating, does in Dead Poet’s Society. He helps his student, Todd Anderson, played by Ethan Hawke, find his talent and worth…and his “barbaric YAWP.”
You need fear.
You need fear like Superman needed Lex Luther. Or like you need a steep downhill descent at the end of a long run.
That is how much you need fear. It is vital to life, to finding your calling.
What Fear Tells Us
In his bestseller, War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes,
…fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.
He goes on to say that,
The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. (emphasis mine)
Important work scares you. Important work invokes fear. Important work calls out to fear and says, “hey, something amazing is about to happen, you’d better come stop it.”
The thing you have to do (your calling) will always be opposed. It will always stretch you. Fear will tell you that you are not qualified. It will tell you that you don’t have enough experience, training or knowledge. It will tell you that you will be uncomfortable.
It will tell you that you will fail.