The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Randy knew that he had pancreatic cancer. On August 15th, 2007, he was told, “you have 3-6 months of ‘good health’ left.” His doctor’s estimated prognosis of death was January 15th, 2008. Randy died July 25, 2008, 3 weeks shy of living 12 months with the one of the deadliest of cancers. During this time he completed his “Bucket List,” the things to do before “I die.” What’s on your bucket list? How far have you gotten down the list? What do you need to prepare to make the really special item happen?
Time Management by Randy Pausch
This lecture, given on February 15, 2008 – 6 months after his death sentence – moves me: Randy honors his commitment to deliver a lecture to the University of Virginia, knowing he’ll be dying soon. The poignant video above has gone around the world numerous times. The “Time Management” Video is growing, more because of its usefulness than its tear-jerking ability. He says, “Time is the only commodity that matters.” He goes on to tell us that Americans are really great at using and managing money as a commodity…but not so much with time.
- He has some really awesome tips on making phone calls! (Mine are moving right along now.)
- His message on Goals, priorities and planning – and a system for prioritizing is easy to understand and brings focus where it is needed.
- He talks about the danger that many people encounter by focusing on doing things right. Instead, Do the right things. This is something I’ve put into practice, and let me tell you: it is NOT as easy as it sounds. But 15 years of vegetarianism later, I can definitely say that I am doing something right.
If you feel that you don’t have time to watch these videos, do yourself a favor and watch them.