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September 24, 2007

Randy Pausch’s last lecture

Filed under: Inspiration,Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 1:42 am
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The last lecture series is a regular feature in many U.S. universities where eminent faculty members deliver a lecture that may be a parting word of advice or inspiration as though the lecture was their last lecture. Prof Randy Pausch’s last lecture series is very significant since this eminent professor as he suffers from an advanced state of cancer.

Prof. Randy Pausch is an icon in the field of virtual reality. In this lecture he speaks of his childhood dreams and what one could do to fulfill the dreams of others. The lecture is humorous/ entertaining and is entirely peppered with nuggets of wisdom. But most importantly, it is very inspirational and it is something that truly should not be missed.

The links for the lecture are here:

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Part 10 of 10

Prof Randy not only lived a full life, a life of achievements, fulfilling all his childhood dreams, enabling the fulfillment of other people’s dreams and is living life to the fullest despite his terminal disease. In a way, he is treating death the way the poet John Donne describes death. The last 2 lines of John Donne’s poem is defiant and it goes something like this:

“One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

And Death shall be no more: Death , thou shalt die”.

For those interested, the entire poem on Death is here

What Prof Randy manages to do is to enable us to pause, reflect and come to terms with what we have been doing with our lives and how we want to continue further.

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  1. […] Iyer @ 2:24 am It would be no exaggeration if I said that I was deeply moved after listening to Randy Pausch’s lecture. While it has forced me to examine many of the things that I am involved in, one constant thought […]

    Pingback by My reflections after listening to Randy Pausch’s lecture « Serendipitous moments — September 24, 2007 @ 2:48 am | Reply

  2. Some lessons from Randy Pausch’s last lecture that especially moved me:

    1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
    2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
    3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
    4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
    5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
    6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.

    Check out the tribute quiz on the lecture at http://www.mystudiyo.com : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.
    http://www.mystudiyo.com/activity.php?act=558

    Comment by mindwellness — October 29, 2007 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

  3. […] Stories — Subbaraman Iyer @ 1:15 am Randy Pausch about whom I have commented on this blog here and here adds a new dimension of his thinking as Jeffrey Zaslow writes a follow up piece, given […]

    Pingback by Randy Pausch supplements his last lecture « Serendipitous moments — May 8, 2008 @ 3:15 am | Reply

  4. […] time I have discussed your Last Lecture with others, I could discern that you have walked into the consciousness of people and given them […]

    Pingback by Goodbye Randy! « Subba’s Serendipitous moments — July 26, 2008 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  5. […] time I have discussed your Last Lecture with others, I could discern that you have walked into the consciousness of people and given them […]

    Pingback by Goodbye Randy! | Expanding Thought — March 14, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  6. […] Pausch about whom I have commented on this blog here and here adds a new dimension of his thinking as Jeffrey Zaslow writes a follow up piece, given […]

    Pingback by Randy Pausch supplements his last lecture | Expanding Thought — March 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  7. […] would be no exaggeration if I said that I was deeply moved after listening to Randy Pausch’s lecture. While it has forced me to examine many of the things that I am involved in, one constant thought […]

    Pingback by My reflections after listening to Randy Pausch's lecture | Expanding Thought — March 14, 2011 @ 11:57 am | Reply


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