Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A real hero: Prof. Randy Pausch

From the "Real American Heroes" files: Prof. Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, 46, is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, my undergraduate alma mater. He has incurable pancriatic cancer. He also has the best attitude of anyone else I've ever seen at that miserable school, especially this egotistical asshole.
Yesterday, he gave his final lecture to a classroom packed full of his students and his peers. In addition to wishing his wife, Jai (right), a happy birthday, he offered some of his insights into how to live a full, happy, meaningful life.......

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  1. i saw him on the channel 2 news this evening. he is a true hero, a treasure.

  2. Some lessons from Randy Pausch’s last lecture that especially moved me:

    1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
    2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
    3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
    4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
    5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
    6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.

    Check out the tribute quiz on the lecture at : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.