Friday, September 21, 2007

Randy Pausch and his 'Last Lecture'

Randy Pausch - I had to write words of praise about him: - A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime

This 1 hr, 45 minutes video is captivating, inspiring, overwhelming... Try this or this link - whichever works for you, you cannot afford to miss his 'Last Lecture'.

I can go 'Ga Ga' about him, but I'll key in a few words about how I felt; not that anyone is really asking for my opinion. He beautifully exhibits how one should focus on things that really matter, aspire them and finally achieve them, however crazy they are. He was so crystal clear in his thoughts, he had all his dreams jolted down even as a child and has a proof of how he went along accomplishing each one of them. Is that all it takes to be a 'hero'? He is courageous, humorous, witty, an excellent orator, innovative, clever, motivating, interesting, graceful in such dire circumstances; truly astounding!!!

A must watch video, perfectly portrays the fact that 'One should live his dreams'. 'Enable others to achieve their dreams' is what is even more impressive. 'It doesnt matter what they say, it matters what they do', how better can you frame that? 'Do good unto others', do lemme know what your reaction was when its around 1:19-1:20 on the clock in the video, with his wife on the stage... it sent a chill down my spine! His 'larger than life' attitude, his exuberant energy, his approach towards various things, his intelligence, his niceness, his way of addressing people, his act of paying respect to the most important people in his life including the student, etc. kept me clung until the last minute. Talking about the end, don't feel shy - your eyes might just get wet towards the end of the video.

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted"


Blogger Chintan said...

Great advice indeed.

One of my favourite quotes:
"Brick walls are there for a reason ... they test how badly you want it, ... and to keep others out."

9:44 AM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Sara Gold said...

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 : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.

11:44 AM, October 29, 2007  
Blogger harshal said...

You should see his this lecture too

4:07 PM, January 01, 2008  
Blogger SAL said...

Thanks for sharing the video.

12:38 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger SAL said...

@Sara: Couldn't agree with you more :-)

10:32 PM, April 08, 2008  
Blogger Praveer said...

From the Time website ... an interview with Randy Pausch

10:57 AM, April 11, 2008  
Blogger SAL said...

The sad demise of Prof. Randy Pausch :-(

10:19 AM, July 25, 2008  
Blogger SAL said...

Couple of more inspiring speeches from him:

3:39 PM, July 30, 2008  
Blogger HM said...

Randy's Testimony before congress

6:23 AM, July 31, 2008  

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