Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
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Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch's video is about his childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and how to achieve those dreams. Pausch had about ten tumors in his liver. The doctors told him he had three to six months of good health left. He was in really good health at the time of this lecture and was not depressed about his situation. He just took it and made the best out of it. He gave this last lecture at the university on September 18,2007 in the McConomy Auditorium. He passed away July 25,2008. This last lecture about his lessons learned and advice for others on how to achieve dreams is inspiring.
Pausch spoke about a time when he was at football practice and the coach had brought no footballs to practice. The coach wanted to work with the fundamentals, on what most of the team would be doing without the ball, since only one person actually touches the ball at a given time. Through approaches like this, Pausch felt he learned the most. Even to this day he feels most comfortable on a football field. He also told a story about how his coach was being really tough on him at one of his practices. He learned that this was a good thing because when people stop telling you that you are doing things wrong, that means they have given up on you. Critics are the ones that still believe you can do it and care. That will definitely stick with me.
Another thing that I really took away from his lecture is that brick walls are there for a reason. They make us prove how badly we want things, because they are there to keep the people who don't want it bad enough out. Also, I learned that there is a good way and a bad way to say "I don't know".
Pausch also talks about his course on building virtual worlds and shows some examples from the class. When he stopped teaching this course, he started working in the Entertainment Technology Center. It was about artists and technologists working in small teams to create things. I love the fact that the students are having fun while learning something hard.
Pausch talks about people who help us achieve our dreams. Those people are parents, teachers, mentors, friends, and colleagues. Some things that I really got out of this lecture are "never lose the child-like wonder", "help others", "focus on others, not yourself", "brick walls let us show our dedication", "listen", "don't complain, just work harder", "find the best in everybody", and "work hard".