Archive for the ‘Randy Pausch’ Category

Your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
doing push ups

“That’s a good thing,” the assistant told me. “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.”

That lesson has struck with me my whole life. When you…

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Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Friday, January 1st, 2010
brick wall

“Be supportive,” my mom said. “If you love her, support her.”

And so I did that. I spent that week teaching, hanging out in an office up the hall from Jai. I stopped by a couple of times, however, just to see if she was all right. “I just…

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Hip is short-term, earnest is long term

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
girl wearing mask

Earnestness is highly underestimated. It comes from the core, while hip is trying to impress you with the surface.

“Hip” people love parodies. But there’s no such thing as a timeless parody, is there? I have more respect for the…

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I don’t believe in the no-win scenario

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
crawling baby

The film explains that when Kirk was a cadet, he reprogrammed the simulation because “he didn’t believe in the no-win scenario.”

Over the years, some of my sophisticated academic…

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All of the things I loved were rooted in the dreams and goals I had as a child

Sunday, May 10th, 2009
child on the beach

Though I’ve always had a healthy sense of self, I knew this lecture needed more than just bravado. I asked myself: “What do I, alone, truly have to offer?”

And then, there in that waiting room, I suddenly knew…

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We cannot change the cards we were dealt, just how we play the hand

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I flashed a giant image of the CT scans of my liver onto the screen. The slide was headlined “The Elephant in the Room,” and I had helpfully inserted red arrows pointing to each of the individual tumors.

I let the slide linger, so the audience could follow the arrows…

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When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential.

Friday, April 17th, 2009
full moon overhead

I understand the arguments about how the billions of dollars spent to put men on the moon could have been used to fight poverty and hunger on Earth. But, look, I’m a scientist who sees inspiration as the ultimate tool for doing good.

When you use money to fight poverty, it can…

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