Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

I finally watched CMU Professor Randy Pausch‘s “Last Lecture,” which he gave in September of this year.  Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in August and given a 3-6 month prognosis.  (From his blog, his health is currently stable.)

His last lecture was about how to live life… and was a message for his kids.  If you haven’t watched it already, I definitely recommend seeing it.  You can grab it here, or read more about the lecture here or here.


Here are some of his words that stuck:

  • Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want thing.
  • Be patient: Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.
  • When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.
  • Never lose the child-like wonder.
  • Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

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