Randy Pausch: ‘The Lessons I’m Leaving Behind”

Trying to stay awake in Tel Aviv, so I can get up like a normal person in the am and listening to Carnegie Mellon Professor of computer sciences and amazing person Randy Paush’s lecture on Really Achieveing Your Childhood Dreams (YouTube here, transcript here, Oprah brief version here.)  This talk has been getting lots of attention since September, but it’s new to me–and worth a look/read/listen.

Some nuggets from the transcript that resonated for me:

  • “When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up.  (snip) Your critics are your ones telling you they still love you and care. “
  • “The brick walls are not there to keep us out.  The brick walls are there to give us
  • a chance to show how badly we want something.  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.
  • “I think that that’s one of the best things you can give somebody – the chance to show them what it feels like to  make other people get excited and happy.  I mean that’s a tremendous gift.”
  • ” I mean I don’t know how to not have fun.  I’m dying and I’m having fun.  And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left.  Because there’s no other way to play it.”
  • “Never lose the childlike wonder.  It’s just too important.  It’s what drives us.”
  • “You get people to help you by telling the truth.  Being earnest.  I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short term.  Earnest is long term.”
  • “Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself”. 
  • “…be prepared.  Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.”

(Via  NYTimes)