Thankyou Randy…honour your childhood dreams

Randy Pausch and wife Jai

Randy Pausch and wife Jai

Randy Pausch died yesterday at 47 of pancreatic cancer. But he died having spent his last months living a huge life. Through his “Last Lecture” which went on to become a book, he touched millions of lives. He wanted to leave a message for his children, but he also inspired the rest of us.

How can his message make a difference in your working life?

  • Your work is an integral part of your life. Randy loved teaching and used his lecture at work to change people’s lives. He saw the potential in people, and believed they could achieve far more than they themselves believed. You can achieve far more than you think. You just need to find what you really want to do and then aim for it.
  • What were your childhood dreams? Are they forgotten? Did you lose your passion for life along the road of working slog? Well, it’s time to resurrect those dreams. You are still alive, and every day you can get one step closer to achieving what you want in life.
  • Randy believed in making memories and having experiences with his children and his wife. He didn’t sweat the small stuff but spent his last months ensuring that he was remembered for having fun. One of the things I do several times a year is print out my photos and stick them on coloured card in a folder. If there are not enough photos of the year so far, I know I am not having enough experiences. Are you making memories? Are you having enough fun? This is one of his quotes “Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day because there’s no other way to play it.”
  • If you knew you had only a few months to live, what would you do? It is an intellectual exercise for us, but Randy lived these thoughts and chose to change the world with his speech. Do you want to get to the end of your life with regrets on what you didn’t do with your life? The time is now. The place is now. Get on with it. Write down your list of what you would love to do, and start ticking things off it.
  • Decide how you will achieve it, stop making excuses and do it. You can start with the small goals, maybe you want to learn to dance, or make pottery – enroll in a class. Maybe you want to travel the world – go and get some travel books from the library, some national geographic magazines from the charity shop and inspire yourself! Maybe you hate your job – well, make a plan and get out of it. The only thing limiting you, is you.

Thank you Randy. You helped us all to focus on what is truly important in life.

 Related Posts:
The Last Lecture on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
My video review of “The Last Lecture” – the book http://joannapenn.com/2008/07/14/the-last-lecture-for-much-needed-inspiration/
Article announcing he had died http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-07-25-pausch-obit_N.htm
Article about the effect he had on others http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/randy-pausch-the-dying-man-who-taught-america-how-to-live-800182.html
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One Response to “Thankyou Randy…honour your childhood dreams”

  1. markmccluretoday Says:

    Joanna,
    Yes, I found his lecture very moving too and was saddened at his passing.
    I blogged about Randy here right after I saw the news online (via Twitter)

    http://markmccluretoday.com/thank-you-randy-pausch

    Haven’t read the book yet – no doubt that will come with time. It took me 10 years to discover “Tuesdays With Morrie”!

    regards
    Mark McClure

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