Brave-Up on the OLC: Achieve Your Dreams with Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Brave-Up on the OLC: Achieve Your Dreams with Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

By: jhyeh
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Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The computer science and design professor gave this awe-inspiring speech at the university in September 2007. Titled as the "Last Lecture," Pausch - whom was fighting against pancreatic cancer at the time - looked to instill the life lessons and advice he had cultivated, through his life, to the world. He entertains the idea that our childhood dreams - which are usually unattainable or steps into the realm of fantasy - can be achieved by reconstructing them into to realistic and feasible goals.

Here are just two of the many valuable stories and life lessons he shared in his speech:

1. The Tigger And Eeyore Debate

Tigger and Eeyore are popular characters in Winnie the Pooh. It could be said that these two characters are the exact opposite of each other. Tigger, a bouncy, energetic, and optimistic tiger, symbolizes us on a good day. Eeyore, on the other hand, is usually depressed and cynical, and can be seen as us during our bad days. We all slip through good days and bad days, meaning that we transition between both characters. This is not the same for Randy Pausch. In his lecture, he makes a definite statement regarding where he stood on this debate: he is a Tigger.

“I mean I don't know how to not have fun. I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there's no other way to play it.” The questions he throws back to us is: Where do we stand on this debate? Which character defines us as a whole? What are you doing to become or stay as a Tigger?

2. Why We Should Be Told When We Screw Up

No one enjoys screwing up. It feels worse to be told you did. However, Pausch says that we need to be informed by others when it does happen. Although it can be demoralizing and frustrating at times, we must understand that people actually care about you to want to help you improve. Everyone has a different way in how they express this, some being more constructive than others, but the purpose is for you to improve. Those who provide you with critical feedback aren't nasty or evil, nor are they out to get you. In fact, Pausch says the opposite: “When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up.”

This motivational and influential speech by Pausch contains advice that is life changing. Do yourself a favour and watch it in its entirety.

Jason is a Criminology major who is hooked onto policing as a career. But that isn't all, he is also hooked on helping others become the best and strongest versions of themselves. Through his blog, Brave-Up, he looks to educate, motivate, inspire and raise questions about counter-productive social norms within our society. "Man up" is now an archaic term - because Brave-Up is NOW. You can find Jason on Twitter at @BraveUp_jy.

Posted on November 30, 2012