Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blog Post #6

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

First off, Randy Pausch was an amazing person. He starts off his video by telling the audience that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I’m not sure I would able to act as if I’m going to live forever, knowing my time on Earth was limited. This just goes to show what a great, strong man Randy Pausch was. He was at peace with his condition and chose to reach out and help individuals, one last time. His “Last Lecture” has touch so many people including me.

Like many other people, he had many childhood dreams he wanted to achieve. Such as: being in zero gravity, playing in the National Football League, authoring an article in the World Book Dictionary, being Captain Kirk (actually meeting Captain Kirk), winning big stuffed animals, and being an imagineer with Disney. We learn throughout the video that he accomplishes almost all of his dreams, which made him the person he once was.

After he talked about his childhood dreams, he eased into enabling the dreams of others. He mentioned that there was no better job than enabling the childhood dreams of others. Tommy Burnette helped him realize that he could enable the dreams of others. He conducted an on-line class at Carnegie Mellon to teach others the same thing. He has helped so many people, and will continue doing so many years to come.

This video inspired me to bust through those brick walls that come in my life. One of my biggest bricks wall is the Praxis exam. I will keep trying till I can knock that wall down and pass that exam. As a future educator I want to raise the bars for my students so they can execute effective head fakes and much more. I loved the advice he gave in his videos. “When you screw up and nobody says anything to you, it means they have given up. If they stay on you till you get it right, it means they care”. I will not give up on any student of mines because I do not want them to give up on learning. I will never forget the advice he has given in his last lecture.



  1. Jeanette,

    Randy Pausch truly was an inspirational man. It is wonderful that we can still remember him and celebrate his life through the internet. It appears you really enjoyed watching this Last Lecture. I would have liked to see a little more analyzing and a little less summarizing but you did do a good job of explaining the important parts of his lecture. You say the Praxis is your brick wall right now. Maybe you can print out this cartoon to provide you some encouragement.

  2. Jeanette,
    I also enjoyed watching his lecture. You can watch it several times and still be inspired by it. I did find some spelling and grammar issues. Other than those, your blog was well written. It could have been more informative on his classes though, like what kind of classes he created and what they were for. I have yet to take my Praxis but I have a feeling it will be my brick wall as well! Good luck to you!