If you were given an hour to talk of what mattered most to you, and if you knew going in that this was the last chance you would ever get in life to speak, what would you say?
On September 18, 2007 Randy Pausch, a tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon, had just this opportunity. In August 2007 a CAT scan revealed 10 tumors in his liver and the doctors told him he had 3-4 months of good health left. Today is November 2007 so you can do the math.
The following link takes you to a webcast of the lecture. I?ll warn you that it is long, about an hour actually, but for those willing to watch it in its entirety, even if broken up into pieces, it?s time well spent.
This link is a transcript of the event, for those who would rather read. I challenge anyone to read the first three pages, or watch the first five minutes and try to walk away or put it down or turn it off.
He does not talk about living or dying with cancer; he doesn?t talk about spirituality or religion; he talks about childhood dreams and how he achieved them and how as you grow older enabling the dreams of others is far more enriching and fun. He speaks about the brick walls we face in life and how they are there for a reason.
I would consider it a personal favor if some of you would read or watch it. At times it is funny, almost hilarious, and at others moments immensely profound. If you have the preconception it will be something filled with morose or depressing thoughts, you are wrong. It is not.?But remember, the brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don?t want it badly enough. They?re there to stop the other people.?