Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

It took me three evenings of casually watching this to gradually get through this amazing work. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) used to have a lecture series where they encouraged professors to produce a lecture that would reflect what they would talk about if they were giving their last lecture. Dr. Randy Pausch, professor of Computer Science at CMU provided his contribution to that lecture series after the series had ended. His last lecture, in some ways, really was his last lecture. Randy had pancreatic cancer when he have his "last lecture." He didn't talk about his kids or his family. Those, he said, were too obviously important and he knew he wouldn't make it through a lecture about them. Instead, he talked about "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." If that draws you in even a little a bit, dive in and take a look. Dr. Pausch's words offer more than the title initially reveals and it truly is something that everybody should watch. It is long, clocking in at precisely 76.45 minutes. Find the time. This is worth the lessons that this man has to share in his final months.

Without further ado, Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams


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