There is a 47 year old professor, Randy Pausch, from Carnegie Mellon University, who learned last autumn that he has 6 months of good health – and very possibly life itself – left.   Because of pancreatic cancer. 

This is his last lecture.  This is what he wants to tell his 3 young children before he no longer has the chance to – how to achieve your dreams.

“Brick walls are there for a reason – they let us prove how badly we want things.”

[It is 76 minutes.  Go ahead, watch it.]  [You can read the NY Times article too.]




2 responses to “Inspiration

  1. I didn’t think I’d be able to watch this, especially because of the length. I’ll have to find a podcast of it so I can listen to it all later.

    In the first few minutes he talks about how he seems to be in perfect health and does those one handed push ups. That reminds me of heart attack patients we used to get, the ones where their entire heart was wiped out. This was in the eighties when we couldn’t do a lot about it. The patient would look fine, would be talking, moving around a little. Their skin color was great, breathing was easy. Just like a normal person lying in bed. But we knew that in less than 36 hours the patient would die of heart failure.
    Those cases were rough. Most of the time, the patient didn’t know (or believe) the prognosis.

  2. If you get a chance, listen to it. There is a book coming out too. He was on tv last night with Diane Sawyer, and he did not look as well as he did here in the video.

    It’s got to be difficult to believe the prognosis when you feel and look well – even when you don’t. I think that is the first stage – denial.

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