Professor Randy Pausch put a new spin on Carnegie Mellon's "Last Lecture Series,"
which posited, "if you were about to die, what is the most important
thing you would want to tell your students?" by giving an inspirational
talk about his life and ideas, in the last months of his battle with
pancreatic cancer. "Damn, I finally nailed the venue!" he joked.
"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"
was the title of this lecture. Pausch was a pioneer in the field of entertainment technology, and co-created a program called Alice
, which teaches computer programming to kids, with fun.
"I don't know how to not have fun. I'm dying
and I'm having fun."
The full video of this talk
is 1 hour 20 minutes, is quite bittersweet and has valuable recurring
themes, such as: “Brick walls are there for a reason: to let us know
how badly we want things.” and "Experience is what you get when you
don't get what you want."
An excellent 4 minute film about Pausch's "Last Lecture" project and personal philosophy is here
His decision to make the most of his dying-experience gives an amazing
inspiration. "You have to decide if you're a Tigger, or an Eeyore. I
think it's pretty clear where I come down in this debate."