Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” is a hugely popular video on YouTube.
If you haven’t seen it, watch it.
If you have seen it, watch it again.
At the Time Randy gave his lecture at Carnegie Mellon, he had been diagnosed with cancer with only a few months left to live. The humor and wit he uses when talking about his childhood dreams, and his attempts to fulfill them will give you a much needed boost to start your week.
My favorite quotes from Randy:
“Look, I’m going to find a way to be happy, and I’d really love to be happy with you, but if I can’t be happy with you, then I’ll find a way to be happy without you.”
“When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a bad place to be. You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better,”
“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the enrgy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.”
“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”
“When it comes to men that are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do. It’s that simple. It’s that easy.”
“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”