Professor Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

What would you say in your “last lecture”?

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university on September 18, 2007.   In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Randy, a professor of computer science, human computer interaction and design, is a co-founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center and the creator of the Alice interactive computing program, which is being used by students worldwide.

Randy is still very upbeat and relatively healthy – which he demonstrated by doing several push-ups on stage.  His talk focused on the following topics:

  • My childhood dreams
  • Enabling the dreams of others
  • How you can achieve your dreams or enable others the dreams of others

Randy’s lecture is a true inspiration and worth watching.  It will also make you think about you would say in your ‘last lecture’ too.

If you’re pressed for time, you should definitely read Jeff Zaslow’s article in the Wall Street Journal and watch the 4-minute video excerpt of the lecture.  If you have more time, the entire lecture is also available below courtesy of Google Video.

The 4-minute excerpt of the Randy Pausch’s last lecture from the Wall Street Journal website:

The entire 1 hour 45 minute lecture from Google Video is below:


4 thoughts on “Professor Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

  1. Some lessons from Randy Pausch’s last lecture that especially moved me:

    1. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
    2. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
    3. Never lose the child-like wonder.
    4. If we do something which is pioneering, we will get arrows in the back. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
    5. Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
    6. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you.

    Check out the tribute quiz on the lecture at : you can add your own questions at the end of the quiz.

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