Professor Randy Pausch died on Friday July 25th, 2008 of complications from pancreatic cancer. Randy Pausch inspired millions of people worldwide through his highly acclaimed "Last Lecture" at Carnegie Mellon University.
On Sept. 18, 2007, only a month after doctors told him that he had three-to-six months to live following a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, Randy Pausch presented a lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", which has now come to be universally and poignantly known as "The Last Lecture".
The moving and often humorous talk recounted his efforts to achieve such childhood dreams as becoming a professional football player, experiencing zero gravity and developing Disney World attractions. In the process, he shared his insights on finding the good in other people, working hard to overcome obstacles and living generously.
"If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself," Randy Pausch said. "The dreams will come to you."
I recommend that everyone watch the video of this lecture, as it's both moving and inspiring. It will forever change the way you define and evaluate "success" in your life.
A related lecture by Randy Pausch on "Time Management" should be equally inspiring and challenging. When you find you only have a limited time to live, people tend to become experts at making the most of the time they have available.
Rest in peace, Randy - your legacy to the world will live on, and inspire many, many more people around the world.
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