August 15, 2014
As a kid growing up in Kansas, having an alien living just a state away in Boulder, CO was pretty amazing, especially given the crazy antics Mork got himself into (and Mindy had to bail him out of).
My favorite episodes were the ones with Jonathan Winters playing Mork and Mindy’s baby boy. Those two were hilariously silly together!
Playing his roles on TV and in film, Robin Williams seemed to have everything together. He had a brilliantly successful career and was loved by millions if not billions of people around the world. That’s why the news of his suicide came as such a surprise to most of us.
In retrospect, however, the signs of his turmoil were obvious in his over-the-top, manic comedy routines and also in his more serious roles in movies like Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come.
I’m surprised people haven’t talked more about What Dreams May Come, a movie in which his character’s wife commits suicide and he goes to purgatory to rescue her. The last 30 minutes of that movie may have given us a glimpse into the inner-workings of Williams’ troubled psyche.
You don’t have to be a famous actor to crumble under the pressure. As many entrepreneurs know first-hand, depression is a very real thing. We’re constantly under immense pressure to succeed. We’re expected to be “on” all the time. We’re responsible for supporting our employees so they can support their families.
Over time, that pressure can drag us down and push us into depression. Then, we have to hide it to protect the image we’ve created so people don’t lose confidence in us or think we’re weak.
But depression is NOT a weakness…it’s an illness. And luckily, you can get help for the illness through therapy, counseling, medication, and support from those who love you.
It’s not weak to ask for help; it’s weak to give up. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Life (and entrepreneurship) is a rollercoaster: It has its up’s and its downs, but you’re not supposed to get off until the ride comes to a complete stop…on its own. Stay on the ride so you don’t miss the next high.