Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Dr. Pausch concluded his lecture with words of wisdom from his lessons learned, summarized as follows:

  • Loyalty is a two-way street.

  • Never give up.

  • You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I'll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term.

  • Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.

  • Get a feedback loop and listen to it. … Anybody can get chewed out. It's the rare person who says, oh my god, you were right. … When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.

  • Show gratitude.

  • Don't complain. Just work harder.

  • Be good at something, it makes you valuable.

  • Work hard.

  • Find the best in everybody. … No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side; just keep waiting, it will come out.

  • And be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.

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