“Last lecture of Randy Pausch”

I came across the most amazing thing yesterday (via a link from Bungie.net, of all places). It’s called the “Last lecture of Randy Pausch”. Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon that was diagnosed with cancer and given 3-6 months to live. They gave him an opportunity to speak one last time. The lecture is absolutely amazing – probably one of the most inspirational things I have seen in a very long time. You can find it on google video here:


The good stuff starts about 6 minutes in. He basically talks about achieving your childhood dreams and helping others achieve their dreams. There’s certainly a lot more than that, but he has some incredibly good things to say. It’s long – at least an hour and a half long or so, but definitely worth the time to watch. (Youtube also has it, but in 10 minute segments).

I have been thinking that it would be incredibly cool to see this shown at the University that I go to (University of Lethbridge). I would hope that anyone reading this at least takes the time to check out the video. It’s very worth it. I know after watching it I was certainly motivated to achieve greater things.

Go check out the video. Seriously.


One comment

  1. mindwellness

    Some lessons from Randy Pausch’s last lecture that especially moved me:

    1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
    2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
    3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
    4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
    5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
    6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.

    Check out the tribute quiz on the lecture at http://www.mystudiyo.com : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.

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