Friday, September 28, 2007

Needing some inspiration today?

ABC news carried a story this week about Randy Pausch, a 44 year old professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

His speech really pulled at your heart strings because it was his farewell lecture. He is dying of cancer and has been given about six months to live.

What he had to say about life was truly inspirational - not only for his class and anyone else that happened to catch it- but for his three young children (pre-school aged and under) who will doubtless understand it several years down the road.

He talked about his childhood dreams and goals and reflected on those he'd achieved, how he had achieved them and what his `take-away' was on it all.

Here are some of his thoughts:

Brick walls are there for a reason, they let us prove how badly we want something.

Never lose the childlike wonder. It is too important - it is what drives us.

Be earnest - tell the truth (being `hip' is short-term).

Don't complain - just work harder.

Find the best in everyone. It might take a while but people will show you their good side.

Lead your lives the right way - the dreams will come to you.

If you are in need of some awesome inspiration today - I recommend you go to and enter Randy Pausch. You can see a portion of or his entire lecture - it is truly amazing.

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