Randy Pausch (1940-2008) was a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon Institute. He specialized in the development of human-computer interfaces.
In August of 2007, Pausch learned that he had metastatic pancreatic cancer, and was given only a few months to live. The following month, he delivered what has come to be known as his “Last Lecture,” formally titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”
In this very special talk, delivered with a delightful and inspiring panache, Pausch identifies a number of things that it is important to do in order to achieve one’s childhood dreams, including the following:
- Never give up
- Show gratitude
- Seek out a support group
- Listen to feedback and act on it
Here is the actual lecture: