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Randy Pausch

Although best known for his “Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy Pausch said that his time management lecture was what he thought he would be famous for at the end of his career.   If you're not already familiar with Randy, or even if you are, I encourage you to review Randy's home page and wikipedia page.

If you haven't seen Randy's lectures, I'd offer that you're really missing out.  

This page is dedicated to Randy, and I hope that his message is as inspiring to you as it was to me and my family.  I've broken up this dedication to Randy Pausch into three parts:  
  1. Randy's Time Management Lecture
  2. Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
  3. A few of what I think are Randy's most inspiring and thought provoking thoughts
If Randy's story and message touches you in any way, I hope you'll consider making a donation in Randy's name for pancreatic cancer research or the Randy Pausch Legacy Fund. (I have no affiliation with either site).

Time Management

(the first 7 1/2 minutes is introductions)

Lecture notes are available in html, pdf and powerpoint

Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randy Pausch Thoughts

  • You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore
  • When there's an elephant in the room, introduce them
  • It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you
  • You’ve got to get the fundamentals down because otherwise the fancy stuff isn’t going to work
  • We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand
  • I probably got more from that dream and not accomplishing it than I got from any of the ones that I did accomplish.

  • When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care.
  • Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
  • The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.
  • If you’re going to do anything pioneering you will get arrows in your back
  • It’s such a shame that people perceive you as so arrogant. Because it’s going to limit what you’re going to be able to accomplish in life.
  • Loyalty is a two way street
  • You can’t get there alone
  • Don’t bail. The best of the gold’s at the bottom of barrels of crap
  • Don’t complain. Just work harder
  • Be good at something, it makes you valuable
  • Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out
  • Be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity

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