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The Last Lecture

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, May 15, 2008


A positive message.

Every once in a while there comes a person who brings with him an aura of positive energy. He's a warrior in my book and he didn't throw a punch in the ring. In a world that's filled with so much negativity comes this ray of sunshine like a Saint or an Angel. Have you guessed who I'm talking about yet? I'm talking about Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who is fighting for his life. You may have seen him on the 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer on April 9th of this year.

In September 18, 2007 Pausch said goodbye to his students and the Pittsburgh college with one last lecture called "How to Live Your Childhood Dreams." He says it's a lesson for his three kids, but it's a lesson we all can learn from. Before he gave this lecture, the 47 year old was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

The lecture is about achieving your childhood dreams. If you think about it and think really hard when your alone at night before you go to bed. Don't you think about your childhood and those dreams you had? Those thoughts always come to you like a flash back. You can be sitting around with your friends, and the topic of conversation turns back the clock of time and those glory days when you were a kid starts to fill your mind. Has that ever happened to you? It happens to me because that's all we have when the time comes and we have to go... It's inevitable. You don't think about how much money you've made in your life. You don't look back on those dead-end jobs or careers that didn't satisfy you. You go straight to the core of your childhood. This is your chance to live out your childhood dreams. And the time is now!

The lecture is about an hour long and Randy Pausch doesn't talk about dying. He talks about how to live and the choices that we make. "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." I'll never forget that line. If you want motivational speaking then I suggest that you listen to the Last Lecture or buy the book.

let me talk a little bit about the book. It is a best seller! Go get a copy and practice what it says in there. Don't just speed read it and do angelic things for one day and forget about it all. Doing good things is a process and over time you won't think about doing the right thing it'll come naturally.

About pancreatic cancer? It's the fourth deadliest cancer. More than 37,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and more than 33,000 die from it. Those numbers are no joke and there's no need to go any further on the subject, but it's just enough to be aware that the time you have on this planet should not be wasted.

"I don't know how to not have fun,"Randy Pausch says. "I'm dying and I'm having fun, and I'm going to keep having fun every day I've got left."

Before I leave you to live out your childhood dreams or doing something good for someone. I gotta question to ask you. Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

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'Mean' Mike Duffau is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on May 15, 2008 at 06:26 pm

J/T: thanks for the support!

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By Lila M. on May 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Awesome that you wrote about this Mike.  I saw him on Oprah a while back (AND just to be clear I don't usually watch Oprah).  It was because he was going to be on that I tivo'd it and it was truly amazing that in the face of death, this man can be so  courageous.  It really makes you go back to the notion "appreciate what you have, not what you lack" in life.  

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on May 27, 2008 at 04:53 pm

lila m: alotta folks out there need to wise up and be grateful before its too late. thanks for your input.

craig b.: you always pull through for me, champ!

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on July 25, 2008 at 06:43 pm

Man Behind 'Last Lecture' Sensation Dies

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By Justin on August 15, 2008 at 12:25 am

Great article, and a great person, luckily for me his school that he taught at is only a half hour away, if only I was a few years older I may had been graced with his humble words. What a great man, and a person that we should all cherish!

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