If you’re not, you really should be. A professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August of 2007 and given 3 to 6 months to live. A month later he gave what is now called “The Last Lecture” (real title is “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”) to his class and colleagues and videotaped it. Needless to say, it became an instant internet sensation because of its inspiring message.
The lanky, energetic Pausch talked about goals he had accomplished, like experiencing zero gravity and creating Disney attractions, and those he had not, including becoming a professional football player.
He used rejections he was handed when he applied for jobs at Disney to comment on the importance of persistence.
“The brick walls are there for a reason … to show us how badly we want something,” he said. “Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Randy Pausch died today and the world is a little less bright for it.
Here’s the lecture. Watch it.
Then start living your life.