Some Valuable Life Lessons from Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”

• Dream big. Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids’ dreams, too.
• Don’t complain, just work harder. Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.
• Treat the disease, not the symptom.
• Don’t obsess over what people think. If nobody ever worried about what was in other people’s heads, we’d all be more effective in our lives and on our jobs.
• Look for the best in everybody. When you’re frustrated with people, when they’ve made you angry, it just may be because you haven’t given them enough time.
• Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
• Show gratitude. Go out and do for others what somebody did for you.
• Tell the truth. Honesty is not only morally right, it’s also efficient. In a culture where everyone tells the truth, you can save a lot of time double-checking.
• No job is beneath you. You ought to be thrilled you got a job in the mailroom. And when you get there, here’s what you do: Be really great at sorting mail.
• If you want something bad enough, never give up (and take a boost when offered). Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Rest in peace, Dr. Pausch. Thank you so much for your inspirational life lessons!
Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams | TED Talk | TED.com
“The Last Lecture” book on Amazon

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