Friday, April 18, 2008

Best of Advice

I don't know if you read my earlier post, but I recently spent a whole lot of time at Starbucks. I worked, but also needed to escape, and because I couldn't physically (no car, lots of rain), I found time to watch a 70 minute YouTube video.

If you have the time, watch it here. If you don't, you can read a great article about it in the NY Times. It's worth it to do both.

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and he delivered a lecture last year as part of their Last Lecture series. What has made millions of people, including myself, watch it? He's dying of pancreatic cancer and gives a humorous, honest and touching lecture about reaching your dreams & helping others reach theirs.

I like people with good hearts - he's one of them.

Two pieces of advice he gave really stuck out to me. 1) He reminds us that brick walls are there for a reason - "they let us prove how badly we want something" and keep out those who do not want it as much. 2) He tells young women that the only piece of advice they need about men is: "Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do." I'm glad I have someone now who passes that test.

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