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Dying Well by Living Well: an Inspirational Video

Posted Sep 12 2008 2:03pm

Don't be put off by the title: this video has messages for living at any age. It also calls us to consider what legacy we are leaving for our progeny.

Oprah invited Randy Pausch, a man who looks to be in his 40s, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and father of 3 young children to give his last lecture on her show. His last lecture...because he has only months to live. He's dying from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

He tells us how to live. Here are some of the gems from the video.

He talks about having been a kid who had dreams. Dreams of being in the NFL. That didn't happen. "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted," he likes to say.

When a coach pushed him mercilessly, he learned: people only pay that much attention to you if they care, if they think you're worth it; if they didn't, they'd ignore you. Use the attention and be grateful for it, even though it might hurt.

As a kid, he dreamed of being a Disney imagineer. After 15 years of work, he finally got the opportunity to work on a Disney project. "Brick walls are there for a show you how much you want it."

If you live properly , he says, your dreams will come to you. Be a "Tigger," upbeat, enthusiastic, have fun." Pausch has fun every day...even though he is dying. What a message. Watch this video and tell me how it changed your day. Comment on this blog or email me at

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