Randy Pausch: Last Lecture*

6 10 2007

You might have already heard or seen this one. Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), gave his traditional “last lecture” a concept when professors are asked which tips they would give to students if this truly was their last lecture.

In his case it might truly be his last lecture for he was diagnosed with cancer. So in September 18th, this year he got up infront of a packed room of students and fellow professors to hold a really warm, funny and emotional lecture on “Really achieving your childhood dreams!”.

Initially this speech was meant for his family only. I am happy that he decided to share it with a bigger community. This is 1 1/2 hours that you should definitly watch!

Hope that Pausch get’s to spend as much time with his family as possible!




One response

30 10 2007

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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