Randy Pausch died today, July 25th from Pancreatic Cancer but his love for life, his inspirational beliefs and his love of family and friends will last just as his “Last Lecture” will. Mr. Pausch is survived by his wife Jai and his three children, Chloe, Dylan and Logan. He was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2006 and died at the age of 47.
I know that by watching his “Last Lecture” that I should focus on his life and the zest he had for all of it, even educating people about his treatment and maintaining an online update of chemotherapy and the various treatments he went through. He kept a “box score” which showed his blood pressure, tumor marker and creatine numbers.
Some of the highlights of the Last Lecture are the following:
- Live out your childhood dreams
- Help other live out theirs
- Have fun every day
- Maintain your childlike wonder
- Never give up
- Be an earnest person
- “The best of the gold’s at the bottoms of barrels of crap.”
- Have friends who can tell you the truth about yourself and listen to them
- Be thankful to those that help you
- “Don’t complain. Just work harder”
- Find the good in everyone
Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” was held at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007. It was actually given for his children not for the audience. It is touching, humorous and well worth watching over and over. The Last Lecture is also in book form.
Please visit Randy Pausch Tribute Page sponsored by First Giving to help raise money for Pancreatic Cancer research.
And here is the video for you to see over and over: