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Randy Pausch: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams


This morning was just another Monday after 1 week at home with the flu and I was reading my feeds and came across this post at Techcrunch – I thank these guys very much for this post – you’re busy just like I was this morning, but you should stop whatever you’re doing and see this video, a talk from a great man sharing wisdom and humanity, trust and hope for a better future.


Randy Pausche who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, gave this lecture at Carnegie Mellon University last week. Here are a few quotes I just had to write down – I know I’ll need to keep this list at hand for as long as I live …

  • Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted
  • If you have to hand something of yours over to somone, hand it over to someone better than you
  • Mothers are people who love you even if you pull their hair
  • Never loose the child like wonder
  • Help others
  • Loyalty is a 2 way street
  • You can’t get there on your own – believe in Karma
  • Tell the truth, be honest
  • Apologize when you screw up
  • Focus on others not yourself
  • Brick walls let us show our dedication – they are there to separate us from the people who don’t really want to achieve their childhood dreams
  • Don’t bail: the best gold is at the bottom of the barrels of crap
  • When you do the right thing good stuff has a way of happening
  • Get a feedback look and listen to it
  • Show gratitude
  • Don’t complain, just work harder
  • Bo good at something: it makes you valuable
  • Find the best in anybody

Id’ like to add a small consideration: Cherish what you have, be grateful for it

Original Source: Techcrunch

UPDATE 7/25/2008: Randy passed away today

3 Replies

  1. “Loyalty is a 2 way street”

    So true. And unfortunately so often forgotten.

  2. “Mothers are people who love you even if you pull their hair”

    Yes..yes…i remember that one 🙂 My kid did that to me many times!

    I also agree with you on “Find the best in anybody”. I have a term that i always used.
    Its call “relentless belief”. Relentlessly believing that there is something worth much more in every person i meet. Not easy to act it out but its a “thought starter” that i always remind myself with.

    And many thanks for your list! I’ll add that to my little diary.

  3. “Apologize when you screw up”
    This one is hard for most people. Our human tendency is to justify ourselves first before admitting our mistakes. It pricks our ego to apologize and its not the easiest to do. But i believe its neccessary sometimes. Letting go our ego and move on…..thanks for the point.