About four years ago I had the pleasure of seeing an interview with Carnegie Mellon Professor, Dr Randy Pausch. I instantly had so much admiration for this man and found him to be incredibly inspirational, wise and entertaining all at the same time.
Sadly, he has since passed away from pancreatic cancer.
This video is his last lecture – Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. I realise that at just over an hour it’s a bit long for busy business people, but it’s really is worth making the time to watch this. When this lecture was given, Randy was terminally ill … but if he didn’t make mention of it at the start of his presentation, you’d probably never know. He truly is an amazing man.
So if you need a boost, motivation or an excuse for some time out, do yourself a favour and watch this.
“Most of the limitations you think you have are the ones you have decided on. They are often entirely self-imposed. You might think, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I would never do that, my parents could never do that, I never played baseball, I never climbed a mountain, I never, never, never’… It’s the old broken record in your head. Throw out that negative thinking right now! Learn to play a positive message in your head because it’s all about attitude.”
This is another of my favourite quotes … one of the philosophies I live by:
“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.”
Dr. Robert Anthony, Educator