The Last Lecture
So my good friend Shaun sent me a video The Last Lecture and I loved it so when I picked out the 5 books for my reviews, I had to read it and glad I did. Now that lecture is over an hour so I found a much shorter version for my readers on points that I think are important. I will share with you a video and then share with you my thoughts on the book.
The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch
One of the best quotes that you saw in the video is “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” (Page 78) Fortunately this is something that I have learned at a young age. Growing up at a young age I was faced with brick walls and I had to overcome obstacles that truly taught me the power in this.
Everyone that says they are jealous of my ability to follow my heart and dreams, as Randy says “If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself and the dreams will come to you” (Page 206).
I will be the person that when I will die, I will be at peace with my life. In the book Randy points out a movie that he watched with his son Dylan ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” about a toymaker and the apprentice tells the toymaker that he can’t die, he has to live and his response was “I already did that” (Page 100). I have no doubt that will be me and I hope too that is the life of everyone else. Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think (Page 111). I think this is important to learn from someone who really knows.
One thing that really hit home is that Randy was talking about how the landing on the moon was so controversy. How billions of dollars were spent to do that but they could have been used to fight poverty instead. “When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us(Page 132). This to me is really what my journey is about. I don’t have money to save the world, if I did, I would. What I do have is inspiration and I wont just preach it, I want to live it. I want to leave you with this thought:
“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out” (Page 138).
Achieve your childhood dreams!