Thank you, Randy Pausch

July 25, 2008

Got another hour?

If you’ve heard of the ‘Last Lecture’ series or concept, you’ve most likely heard of Randy Pausch. The Carnegie-Mellon professor ended his battle with pancreatic cancer today at the age of 47. He lit up minds and brought a room to shining eyes¬†with his own last lecture last year, inspiring hundreds in the room and millions through YouTube alone.

With the diagnosis made a month before, you can only smile at his optimism and unflinching demeanor at staying child-like and ever-redirecting to those around him…

“If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you.”

He shares of finding a truthful mentor…

“When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up.”…

“Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care.”

… and of self-mentoring…

“The brick walls are there for a reason,… not there to keep us out, brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

Through a number of captivating and entertaining stories, this man doesn’t flinch in the face of his last months. Really, the best teaching comes from stories… if you haven’t seen this, please take some time out and check it out. The world needs more people like this.

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