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Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

June 23, 2009

Been watching Randy Pausch’s talk on childhood dreams and how he achieved his childhood dreams. The talk was held in Carnegie Mellon University, barely a month after doctors said that he would live a maximum of 3-4 months more.

Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47 due to pancreatic cancer.

Read more about him here.

Here’s the lecture that he gave in Carnegie Mellon, his “last lecture”.

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The talk basically was about how he achieved his childhood and how we can do the same too. He changed professions from teaching to journalist in

order to experience zero gravity, he did a PhD and still struggled to do his other favourite: working as an imagineer at disney etc.

The most important thing I learnt from this talk, termed by Dr. Randy as “The last lecture”: the one lecture that he would do if he knew he was

dying, is the fact that never give up, be positive, enjoy every moment in life and also help other people to achieve their dreams once you have

achieved yours. His major idea that struck me was the fact he mainly emphasised upon “Never grow up. Retain that childishness in you. That will

help you think better and perform better”. What an advice I say.

Please see this video and do leave a comment on if you liked it or not: I’d sure like to discuss it more.

Here are a few quotes that I would like to share; I’m not quite sure if these were a part of this talk.

Dream, dream and dream; nobody can steal your dreams away from you.

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.

Brick walls are here to separate us from the those who, unlike you, don’t want to achieve this thing with all their heart

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