Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blog Post #7

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

For somebody who has been diagnosed with over 10 tumors in his lungs, Randy Pausch is extremely positive! I can only hope that if I am ever in his position that I am nearly as happy as he is… or at least able to pretend to be as happy as he is! I love his idea of always bringing up the elephant in the room and getting things out in the open!

Mr. Pausch seems to have grown up just like every other child in America. His dreams included zero gravity, the NFL and stuffed animals. From the age of 9, he was being taught amazing ideals. With his football coach constantly riding him, he learned that “When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody bothers to tell you anymore, that’s a bad place to be! Your critics really care!” Even if he didn’t make it to the NFL, he learned more than he would have ever learned on that field. He has a great quote: “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.” Just because things do not go the way you plan doesn’t mean you aren’t going to learn, but instead you might learn something you never planned on learning!

Mr. Pausch next brings up a point of how he achieved his dreams of being an Imagineer. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with his doctorate, he sent in his applications to Disney. When he received letters back rejecting him, he didn’t feel sorry for himself! Instead, he realized that “the brick walls aren’t there to keep us out, but the brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something! The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it bad enough!”

He also says to “wait, people will usually always surprise you!” He goes on to elaborate by saying that “when you are pissed off and upset, usually you haven’t given people enough time to surprise you!” This is a great point! I know that there are times when I want my answers and I want them NOW, but I just need to remember that patience is an amazing thing and good things come to those who wait!

Mr. Pausch continues to impress me my telling a story about "a pissing match" and some "brick walls being made of flesh"and all I can say is this man could speak for hours and hours and I would never stop learning from him!!!

I could continue on and on about the wonderful things this man says and about how I want to sit down and watch every video he has (if only I had the time), but there is only so much to read about one video!

This is a video that I want all of my friends to watch (I think I'll even post it to facebook), if not for anything but to see if they'll get emotional by the end just like I did!


  1. I will say that I learned a lot from Mr.Pausch and from his video. Listening to him I know I need to work on my patiences. Good post Brandon.

  2. How he taught is as important as how he led his life!

  3. Brandon, great post as always. I watched one of his videos for Public Speaking last year. He teaches such great life lessons and you can learn a lot from him.