As many of you no doubt know, one of the most inspirational men of our generation lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. Randy Pausch was a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and he was 47 years old. After he was diagnosed, Randy wanted to speak to the CMU community about living and love. His “The Last Lecture- Really Living Your Childhood Dreams” was not given with fame in mind, rather it was a gift from Randy to his wife and 3 small children. Randy became an “accidental celebrity”, when the lecture, and his book with the same title, ended up inspiring countless people all over the world.

These are a few of my favorite “Randy Quotes”:
“Enabling the dreams of others is even more fun than achieving your own dreams.”
“The inspiration and permission to dream is HUGE.”
“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
“Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you feel more welcome.”
“Experience is what you get when you don’t get want you wanted.”
“We don’t beat the [grim reaper] by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well.”
“It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, but it is the things we do NOT do that we regret.”
“Find your passion and follow it. You will not find that passion in things or in money and you will never be happy if these things are your passion.”

If you’ve never seen Randy’s “Last Lecture”, take the time to! It will amaze and inspire you, and may just change the way you look at life. What a great gift he left for us all.

The Randy Pausch Honorary Fund
The Pancreatic Action Network

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