Randy Paush is dying but he wants to tell you what he’s learned about living.
Randy is a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. In September, he delivered his “Last Public Lecture”, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” This talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical “final talk”, i.e., “what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”
In Randy’s case it wasn’t hypothetical — in August he was told he had 3-6 months left to live a “normal” life.
Since giving his lecture, the video has been downloaded over 1 million times. It runs about 90 minutes (the first 8:30 are introductions and testimonials). Settle in and watch it — it is deeply moving but, at the same time, upbeat and inspirational.
On October 22, he appeared on Oprah’s show and delivered a 10 minute version of the lecture.
Take some time out of your busy schedule right now and listen to what Randy has to say. It will stay with you far longer than anything else you’ll hear or see today.