Oh Captain, My Captain: The 2 Greatest Lessons I Learned from Robin Williams

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.

Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poet's Society
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.”

4 Powerful Lessons from a Day Riding Roller Coasters

I never expected to leave the amusement park feeling the way that I did.

I didn’t expect to leave there learning life lessons. I didn’t expect to walk away with a sense of accomplishment or pride.

Cedar Point Maverick Roller Coaster
Your greatest joys are usually on the other side of your greatest fears. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

But I did. I left there learning 4 powerful lessons about life, fear, leadership, and even parenting.

Last week, Tara and I went to Cedar Point in Ohio. It was our birthday present to ourselves.

It was a three-day getaway for the two of us and I enjoyed the time off. But, I also had my eyes open for learning opportunities and stories to share with you. That’s what I do, after all.