Randy Pausch, a Professor who was made famous after giving his “last lecture” celebrating his life and lessons learned, has passed away at age 47.
Professor Pausch, taught computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September of 2006. Approximately a year later he gave a 76 minute speech about living life to the fullest and fulfilling childhood dreams.
In case you haven’t seen the lecture yet, here you go:
If only all professors were this passionate! Prof. Pausch brings some good points to the table, here are a few that stuck with me:
- Have something to bring to the table.
- The “Brick Walls” are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there to let us prove how bad we want things. They are there to stop the other people that don’t want things bad enough.
- It is important to know when you are in a pissing match, and to get out of it as soon as possible.
- Let your kids paint their bedroom!
- Focus on other people not on yourself.
- Be Prepared: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
I haven’t read it yet, but I would encourage you to consider buying The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. I just purchased it from Amazon, and will hopefully be able to read it during the next month in between my various trainings.
R.I.P. Professor Pausch. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.