Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blog Post #8

Randy PauschAchieving Your Childhood Dreams!

    WOW! After watching Randy Pausch's, "Last Lecture", I am in total awe. This man spoke some very powerful words and words of wisdom at that! Randy Pausch was a tenured professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. He was the co-founder of the Entertainment Technology Center and instructed researchers that created Alice; which is a way to teach students computer programming. Randy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2007; but he, in no way, let that bring him and his dreams down.
dream--the future belongs to those who belive

In his talk about, Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, Randy talks about his childhood dreams. I love how Randy's dreams were very elaborate and not the same ole dream of: going to the moon or being a firefighter. They were very thought out and reasonable dreams and wishes that he hoped to accomplish in his lifetime. He goes into great detail about how he accomplished or tried to accomplish each and every dream. Most of them were successful, some were not but that didn't make him lose faith!  
Randy's Childhood Dreams 
  • Being in zero gravity 
  • Playing in the NFL
  • Authoring an article in the world book encyclopedia
  • Being (meeting) Captain Kirk
  • Winning stuffed animals 
  • Being a Disney Imagineer 
At the end of Randy's speech he gives up some inspiring advice on every day life obstacles we all face on daily basis.
  • You should decide whether you at a Tigger or an Eeyore. Meaning decide if you see the glass half empty or half full. 
  • Never lose your child-like wonder.
  • Help others
  • Never give up!
  • Get a feedback loop and listen to it.
  • Show gratitude. 
  • Don't complain just work harder.
  • Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
  • Work hard.
  • Find the good in everybody; no matter how you have long you have to wait for them to show it.
  • Be prepared; "luck" is where preparation meets opportunity. 
What I learned!
The advice that Randy share with us at the end of his speech at Carnegie Mellon is very inspiring. I believe I learned a lot from this professor. Just because something doesn't come to you naturally or you weren't automatically picked for something like, not getting accepted to your dream school, don't give up, there is always a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. My favorite line from this video, "Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things and it shows dedication". This statement could not be any more true, those brick walls weed out the ones that aren't willing to work hard for what they want. Randy Pausch is a very inspiring man and I tend to tell everyone to watch this video!


  1. Alison Early,
    Your blog post is very written and organized. I absolutely loved listening to Randy Pausch's speech. I actually listened twice in the same day just to make sure I did not miss anything. He is a very inspirational man and I think we can all learn something from him. Keep up the good work!
    Tabatha Girdlestone

  2. The driving question is, what can we learn from him about TEACHING.