Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

A sneak peak at an upcoming shirt designed by Wendy that hit the press this afternoon

Today’s edition of USA Today had a big article about a professor’s “last lecture” from Carnegie Mellon. These talks from out-going faculty have since been renamed “Journeys.” They are about sharing one’s experience and ideas.

This particular professor, Randy Pausch, has pancreatic cancer and though currently healthy, his time is limited in view of statistics. Yet his speech wasn’t about disease, it was about achieving dreams.

These bullet points from pale in comparison to the talk, but here goes:

  • Never underestimate the importance of having fun.
  • No one is pure evil. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you.
  • Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
  • It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.
  • We can’t change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand.

There’s a bit in the video about “selling something worthwhile” which references education, but it doesn’t boil down well out of context. It is about making and doing things that matter. Good stuff.

2 responses to “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

  1. Rachel Avatar

    i remember seeing this. very inspiring. (but unfortunate that it takes imminent death for people to really appreciate life…)

  2. YJ Avatar

    i was just thinking about buying this book at the bookstore. thanks for sharing the link to the video. =)