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 that they are collaborating on writing his new book –“The Last Lecture”. And if you have still not watched the video, you have undoubtedly missed something very valuable. At the time of writing this post, it had 2,111,960 views and over 1700 text comments.
Here’s the impact that his last lecture had:
People wrote about how his lecture had inspired them to spend more time with loved ones, to quit pitying themselves, or even to shake off suicidal urges. Terminally ill people said the lecture had persuaded them to embrace their own goodbyes, and as Randy said, “to keep having fun every day I have left, because there’s no other way to play it.”
In the weeks after the talk, people translated the lecture into other languages, and posted their versions online. A university in India held a screening of the video. Hundreds of students attended and told their friends how powerful it was; hundreds more demanded a second screening a week later.
In the U.S., Randy reprised part of his talk on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” ABC News would later name him one of its three “Persons of the Year.” Thousands of bloggers wrote essays celebrating him.
Personally, it had a profound impact on me as I stated in one of my earlier posts. Whenever I feel disappointed or depressed, I go back to his 70 minute lecture and it serves as an elixir.
Well, here are his new wisdom nuggets:
“If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, ‘Tell the truth. If I got three more words, I’d add, ‘All the time.’ “
Advice for his 2 year old daughter: “When men are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.”
“Mistakes are part of the process of parenting,” Randy told her (his spouse). “If I were able to live, we’d be making those mistakes together.”
Randy’s doctor gave him advice: “It’s important to behave as if you’re going to be around awhile.” Randy was already way ahead of him: “Doc, I just bought a new convertible and got a vasectomy. What more do you want from me?”
“I am maintaining my clear-eyed sense of the inevitable. I’m living like I’m dying. But at the same time, I’m very much living like I’m still living.”
“This is my widow. That’s not a grammatical construction you get to use every day…. Pancreatic cancer can be beat, but it will take more courage and funding.”– pointing out to his wife’s photograph as he forcefully spoke about research needed to fight cancer to Congressmen.
“Kids, more than anything else, need to know their parents love them,” he said. “Their parents don’t have to be alive for that to happen.”
And many more.
The complete interview can be found here.
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