In Memory Of Randy Pausch

Last week, Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon Professor who shook up the world with his famous lecture passed away. He gave his last lecture at Carnegie after knowing that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and had a life expectancy of less than six months. The theme of his speech was to encourage the audience to achieve their childhood dreams. Randy died last week after a heroic battle with cancer, which he fought much longer than expected.

I don’t want this to be one of my ill-humored blog entries so I will just say that I watched Randy’s speech a few different times and consider him to be a true modern-day hero. While most of us will probably always struggle to live the moment, the way Randy lived his life reinforced to me that it’s not about the destination but rather the journey. Or maybe that it’s important to every once in a while remember your childhood dreams. And not be afraid to achieve them.

If you haven’t already, I would encourage all of you to watch the video below. Learn more about Randy on Wikipedia. Or buy Randy’s book. And give a copy to someone you love.

My thoughts are with Randy’s wife, mother and three young children.