Life Lessons from Randy Pausch

Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch[2] (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science andhuman-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

from wikipedia

I would like you to watch this video and think about it.  He died in 2008 because of pancreatic cancer, however, as you could see, he tried to live his life to the full extent.

Reasonably, all his words are like mottos, the sayings of a dying man. The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.  From someone who had already realized that he has a limited time, and short.

Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.

I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.”

Maybe you knew Randy Pausch from “The Last Lecture” conference in which he share his wisdom and knowledge with his students and, indirectly, the world.

This post became all about using time right, I guess. Maybe next time I can talk about his perspective in different things.


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