October 1, 2007

Randy Pausch…Achieving your Childhood Dreams

Many will have already seen this but I’m wanting to insure no one misses this. From wikipedia:

Professor Randy Pausch delivered his “Last Public Lecture”, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007 [3] During this lecture, Randy Pausch was very upbeat and humorous, rapidly switching between standup comedy, insights on computer science and engineering education, advice on building multi-disciplinary collaborations, working in groups and interacting with other people, offering inspirational life lessons, and doing one-handed push-ups on stage.

This talk was modeled after an existing series of lectures where top academics were asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical “final talk”, i.e., “what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” And in Randy’s case, this was more than an academic exercise. Before he even started speaking, Randy got a long standing ovation from a large crowd of over 400 colleagues and students. When he motioned them to sit down, saying “make me earn it”, some in the audience shouted back “you already did!”.

This is just one of those must see kind of things. Watch it and then show it to others.

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