25.7.08

Randy Pausch

This is a hard post to make, but it is very long overdue.
Randy Pausch, aged 47, died today, July 25th, 2008.
Many have come to know Randy as the "man who taught America how to live". For those of you who have not heard of him, or did not bother to watch his videos, there really is something about him, his ideas, and his attitude, that everyone can learn from.

I first saw Randy on a 20/20 or Nightline program, and the first thing I noticed was his attitude. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon and father of three young children when he learned that he had pancreatic cancer, and only months more to live. In spite of his terminal disease, he had a vigor and optimism that confused and amazed a lot of people. He gained worldwide recognition with his "Last Lecture" about achieving your childhood dreams.

The shortened version with an interview:


Or you can view the full lecture here:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo&feature=related

"If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you"

Randy Pausch reveals at the end of his lecture, that he is really giving the lecture for his kids, as a guide for them to live by, a sort of message in a bottle that will wash up on the shores of their lives after he has passed. He has also written a book entitled The Last Lecture, which has become and international bestseller.

Thank you Randy Pausch, for changing the way we look at life, and the way we live.

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