Make It Count
The year has been a challenge for many. Struggling to stay on top financially. Keeping old proven revenue streams flowing. Generating new ideas when the legacy streams begin to slow. But still waters do run deep, and each one of us is more resilient, creative and able than we ever give ourselves credit for. Remembering this about ourselves is the hard part.
Recently, I came across a book called “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch. For those of you not familiar with him, Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and was asked by the faculty to give his “last lecture.”
In terms of the university’s tradition, “The Last Lecture” was a hypothetical lecture given by a professor as if they had only one last opportunity to pass along his or her key teachings. In the case of Pausch, a 46-year-old father of three small children, who had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, this truly would be his last opportunity to pass along his most important lessons.
While he ultimately revealed he gave this lecture for no one other than his children, Pausch’s last lecture is one we should all listen to and pull from, particularly when we are faced with difficulties. Here is just a bit of Pausch’s wisdom as it serves as evidence of our humanity, resilience and strength:
• Be good at something; it makes you valuable.
• It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the Karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.
• Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun everyday, because there’s no other way to play it.
• Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough.
• I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.