[via Jeff Sandquist]
Now for something a little different...
When I usually see a blog post that says "watch this 90 minute video", I go right past it. Who's got time for a 90 minute random video? But this time it was Jeff Sandquist saying it... so I read his whole post and it got my attention. So I fire up this video and listen to it while I'm getting some other stuff done and after 15 minutes I realize I keep jumping back to the video to do a "what did he just say?" so sat back and watched the whole thing. Two words sum this up: inspiring & touching. So what is it?
Carnegie Mellon University, like many other universities, has a "Last Lecture Series" where the theme is "if this is the last lecture you'd ever give, what would you do?" Unfortunately, for Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University CS professor, the title of the series is a little too true as he's fighting a battle with pancreatic cancer and expects to live only a few more months. His talk was about achieving your childhood dreams and it's just plain damn moving.
Jeff says it best: If you watch one piece of media this year, please make it this one. There's also a Wall Street Journal article on the speech, but don't read it... it spoils some of the points he made.
Watch the whole thing... right to the end. I've already listened it it a second time. Thanks Jeff... thank you for blogging this.
It reminds me of another speech I'll never forget and reread every once in a while by Jim Valvano in 1993 at the ESPY awards when he accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage & Humanitarian Award. Jim was in a similar position, dying of cancer. At the time I was only 17 and didn't know who Jimmy V was, but I was watching the ESPY's and his speech just stuck with me. If you're a sports fan, you've heard parts of it. Jimmy V saying "don't give up, don't ever give up"... ESPN plays it every year on the ESPY's.