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“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” – Life Lessons from Randy Pausch

Sir Randy  Pausch

Professor Randy Pausch,  who is suffering from pancreatic cancer,   gave his last lecture on Sept. 18, 2007,  before a packed audience at Carnegie Mellon,   a research university in Pittsburgh,  USA.    Professor Pausch reflected on his journey and the lessons he had learned along the way. 

A happily married man with three young children,   the progression of the cancer has left him with months to live.   So,  as he recounts his memories and experiences,   his words become more poignant and have great clarity.

This video is of his inspiring speech  “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”,  which he shortened when he appeared on Oprah’s show. 

As we listen to his words we hear familiar truths.    He had many childhood dreams and although he achieved some of them, others did not appear to be in his journey.     He describes how he persevered but often would find one brick wall after another blocking his way.    His conclusion was that brick walls are not there to keep us out, but are there to show us how much we want it.  

His football coach was hard on him many times and it may have seemed unfair to him at the time.    But he learned that when someone truly cares they often will hold you to higher expectations and they will always tell you the truth.

His parents taught him the importance of creativity and wonder and having fun.    They also showed him the great lesson of humility, but most of all they just loved him all the time. 

He learned that to show compassion for people was the way to live your life.    Things were not more important than people.  You should care about other’s feelings.

When working and playing with people he believed in integrity and telling the truth.    His advice was that if you screw up, then apologize.  And when you apologize say these three phrases. 

I am sorry.
It was my fault
How do I make it right?

Professor Pausch believes no one is pure evil.   He believes in being patient and trying to find the good in everyone.   Showing gratitude was very important and not complaining.

How does Randy Pausch live his life?    His values and beliefs are very similar to the Knight’s Code of Honor.    He was lucky to have had a loving family to teach him some great lessons and show him love.   And then he chose to follow the path of a person with integrity and honesty.

Sir Randy we thanketh you for teaching about honor and compassion and wisdom.  We pray that you gain strength and can continue to teach and be with your loved ones.

We pray this dream does come to you.

Lady Sharon
Your humble Scribe of The Knights of the Pain Table

Visit “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” to hear the original longer lecture.

Visit Randy Pausch’s Website to read up to date reports on his condition.

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One Response to ““Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” – Life Lessons from Randy Pausch”

  1. Lady Sharon says:

    Sad Announcement from King Arthur of Camelot,

    Randy Pausch, a computer science professor and virtual-reality pioneer, died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., of complications from pancreatic cancer, the Pittsburgh university has announced. Randy died at his home surrounded by his wife Jai and their three children: Dylan, 6, Logan, 4, and Chloe, 2. Randy also leaves his mother and his sister. The pipes are playing as all in Camelot doth bow their heads to show deep respect for this valiant noble man.

    Randy revealed that he wrote these words in his lecture for his children. He wrote in his new book,

    “I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children.”

    It is not only his children who have been moved by his message in the bottle. All over the world he touched hertes. Weeks after his book was released, 2.3 million copies of it were in print. It is being published in 29 languages.

    During the last period of his life he was involved with putting together an innovative software program, called “Alice”, which uses animated characters and storytelling to make it easier to learn to write computer code.

    We are so happy that he did manage to meet Captain Kirk and float in zero gravity, which were some his dreams.

    We honor and love this chivalrous knight who lived his wordes. He may have to leave his Kingdom at this time but he will still be riding his destrier to new places. He will always be part of Camelot. Our hertes preye for those closest to this dear Knight.

    King Arthur
    Kingdom of Camelot

    Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,, or to Carnegie-Mellon’s Randy Pausch Memorial Fund,