Friday, July 25, 2008

Goodbye to a true hero of our time.

Dr. Randy Pausch died today, his lifespan - but not his life - cut short by pancreatic cancer. You may remember him as the 'Last Lecture' professor.

Peace be with his wife, children, family, and all who loved him.

... 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. ...

  • Loyalty is a two-way street.
  • Never give up.
  • You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I'll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term.
  • Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.
  • Get a feedback loop and listen to it. ... Anybody can get chewed out. It's the rare person who says, oh my god, you were right. ... When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.
  • Show gratitude.
  • Don't complain. Just work harder.
  • Be good at something, it makes you valuable.
  • Work hard.
  • Find the best in everybody. ... No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side; just keep waiting, it will come out.
  • And be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.

Randy Pausch 1960-2008

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