The Last Lecture: for much needed inspiration

This is a video review of “The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. The book was written after the Last Lecture itself which can also be seen on YouTube.
If you are having a bad day, and you need some inspiration – this book is just what you need.

Some of the best bits for me were:

  • There are 2 types of families – those who need a dictionary to get through dinner, and those who don’t
  • If you have a question, find the answer
  • On self esteem – give them something they can’t do, they work hard until they find they can do it – Repeat.
  • Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Once you get over them, it can be helpful to tell others how you did it.
  • Time must be explicitly managed, like money.
  • You can always change your plan, but only if you have one.
  • Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids dreams.
  • Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
  • Failure is not just acceptable, it’s often essential.
  • The First Penguin award: given to those who are first in the water with their ideas. There might be predators, but they take the risk and get out there.
  • All you have to do is ask.
  • Take your kids on crazy experiences – it’s about time with you, doing things and building memories.
  • Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others – sort out your own problems first.

You can visit Randy’s homepage here http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/
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