The book The Last Lecture caught my eye in a bookstore a few days ago, and later I found out that it was based on a lecture given by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon.

Now, I’ve heard about a “last lecture” a few months ago, and frankly I was expecting a frail dying man imparting his wisdom on how to live.

Imagine my surprise when a fit, happy and upbeat guy came onto the stage! He talked on childhood dreams.

Overall, the talk, which is actually titled Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams is truly inspiring, very hopeful and not morose at all. The fact that it was geeky, means that I could relate a lot, and sustained my interest (not that you’ll actually feel the whole 76 minutes going by).

The best part though, are the many great quotes/advices peppered along the talk, like:

  • “Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.”
  • “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you want.”
  • “Wait, and people will surprise you.”
  • “Decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”
  • “Loyalty is a two-way street.”
  • “Don’t bail; the best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap.”
  • “Don’t complain; just work harder".”
  • “Be good at something: it makes you valuable.”
  • “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.”

If you have some spare time, or in the mood for some productive procrastination, do give it a watch.

Note: Randy Pausch passed away on 25th July 2008.