Follow your Childhood Dreams: Dr. Randy Pausch #Last Lecture

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
–Randy Pausch

There are some things so powerful that they change the very way you look at life. This has been mine. And by the time this was done, my eyes were numb. Let me give you a brief introduction to the Last lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch.

On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a one-of-a-kind last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” that made the world stop and pay attention. It became an Internet sensation viewed by millions, an international media story, and a best-selling book that has been published in 35 languages.

The reason was because Randy had learned that a cancer he was fighting for some time had became terminal… and he had very little time left!

Instead of trying to rebel against the disease, and just brooding about it, he decided to come to therms with his condition, and spend the rest of the time he had, passing on what he gained from life. With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that was devouring his pancreas and which would claim his life in just a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, often cheerful, and darkly funny – he seemed invincible! But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make a reality. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, at the age of 47. But his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.

Here is the YouTube video of the shorter version of the lecture on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

And for those of you who can sit through a 1 hour 15 minute lecture [ I know it’s hard; for me too 😉 ]. Here is the video of the lecture he gave in the Carnegie Mellon University.