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.
- You can watch the entire talk online. (it’s 76 minutes and really, really, good)
Also available on iTunes: audio | video
- Read the article: Professor Pausch’s life, ‘Lecture’ go from Web to book (heavy on the marketing)
- or as you may have guessed from that last link: Grab his book The Last Lecture (Amazon kickback)
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.