Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture.
The following quote from Randy Pausch really grabbed my attention this week: “find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything that I have learned in life, you will not find that passion in things. And you will not find that passion in money. Because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric — and there will always be someone with more. Your passion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside. That passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes”. Watch Randy Pausch addressing the CMU 2008 graduating class here and using that brilliant quote.
Despite the fact that you have discussed this over and over. And heard this many times over, this one felt different somehow. What I quickly discovered was that Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ‘Born on October 23rd, 1960 Pausch died from a pancreatic cancer on July 25th 2008. This at Age 48. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. In these crucial months of his life where normally people would Kick the bucket Pausch decided to give a lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. This lecture became such a popular YouTube video in 2007 that Randy even co-authored a New York Times best-selling book called The Last Lecture. Well I think you already felt it coming. A-One-To-watch and To-Read!