The Last Lecture

Sometime back, we first enjoyed an unusual lecture by an accomplished professor.  He knew he was dying—and so did the audience (hence the unusualness).  The Last Lecture had a huge impact.  I, personally, wouldn’t have known about it, except that it strongly affected a person I hold in high esteem—so I gave it a watch.  It was worth it.  [For my divas: I re-watched it today, exercising through most of it.  FTW]

Randy Pausch discussed things he wanted his kids to know.  That was also the scenario of a similar (yet completely different) book I read to my daughters, Dear Princess.  It turns out Pausch’s story was compared with another book of wisdom from a dying professor.  Pausch said he hadn’t read it and that he “didn’t know there was a dying-professor section at the bookstore.”

I’m posting a link.  Please know, he is secular (says some things most Christians don’t).  You may ask, Why am I not posting something amazing from a Bible teacher?  Well, this lecture inspires us to excel—and most of my blogs are one-minute versions of something amazing from a Bible teacher. 😉

So—disclaimers out of the way, I Remember Randy.  Link follows.  There’s even a virtual bunny and a roller-skating ninja.  For those I have scared off, here are my notes:

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Brick walls prove how much we want things.

Have something to bring to the table—that will make you more welcomed.

Your critics are the ones who love you and care.

Experience is when you didn’t get what you wanted.

Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.

Have fun in everything you do.

There are two ways to give an “I don’t know” response: a good way, and a bad way.

If you’re going to do something that’s pioneering, there will be arrows in the back.

One of the best gifts an educator can give is to make their students self-reflective.

If your kids want to paint their bedroom, let them do it.  It’ll be okay.

Respect authority while questioning it.

Decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.

Young ladies, when it comes to men romantically interested in you, it’s very simple: just ignore everything they say, and pay attention only to what they do.

Be good at something; it makes you valuable.

Work hard.

Be prepared: “luck” is where preparation meets opportunity.

Be honest.

Be earnest. Hip is short-term; earnest is long-term.

Apologize when you mess up.

Focus on others, not on yourself.

Don’t bail: the best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap.

Get a feedback loop; and listen to it.

Show gratitude.

Don’t complain.  Just work harder.

Live life to the fullest; you never know when it might be taken.

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2 Responses to The Last Lecture

  1. He was pretty amazing, a professor at a well-known university here in our neck of the woods. There was an article about his wife in the paper a couple months ago, doing well, but missing this incredible man that was her husband and her kids’ father.

    • elsiephoebe says:

      Oh! I’m glad to hear she’s doing fine. I loved the surprise he did near the end of the video. It was her birthday, and he had the whole auditorium sing to her. I got all verklempt.

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