Friday, August 1, 2008

Randy Pausch October 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008

Randy Pausch lost his battle with pancreatic cancer one week ago today. Originally, I hadn't planned to post anything about it, thinking that almost everyone had already seen his now famous "Last Lecture" (or at least his abridged version on Oprah), had bought his book or had seen him on any number of TV appearances.

After thinking about it, I decided to post the entire 76 minute lecture and the Oprah version for those who haven't seen it or those (which would include most of us) who could use a refresher.

I didn't know Randy Pausch but when I think of his life and death it reminds me of the final lines of Brian's Song:

Brian Piccolo died of cancer at the age of 26. He left a wife and three daughters. He also left a great many loving friends who miss and think of him often. But when they think of him, it's not how he died that they remember - but how he lived. How he did live!

If you aren't aware of this very talented man with the tremendous attitude or if you could use some inspiration regarding reaching your goals, take the time to watch this video.

You can go here for an article on Randy from Carnegie Mellon University, where he had been a professor.

The Last Lecture

If you don't have time to watch the entire lecture, you can check out the 10 minute abbreviated version he delivered on Oprah.

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