1. Achieving Your Childhood Dreams is Fun
Enabling the dreams of others is even more fun.
Moral: It’s not all about material success.
2. Brick Walls Are There For a Reason
They let us prove how badly we want things. They are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people.
Moral: Persevere. Persevere. Persevere. That is, if you want it bad enough.
3. Have Something to Bring to the Table
Because that will make you more relevant.
Moral: Nothing speaks louder than value.
4. Get The Fundamentals Down
Otherwise the fancy stuff isn’t going to work. As in football, concentrate on what the other 21 guys that aren’t touching the ball are doing.
Moral: Master the basics. The complex stuff gets easier to execute that way.
5. Wait Long Enough and People Will Surprise and Impress You
If you are pissed off at them, you just haven’t given them enough time.
Moral: Patience is indeed a virtue. People deserve time to prove themselves. Just keep waiting.
6. It’s Very Important to Know When You Are in a Pissing Match
And it’s very important to get out of it as quickly as possible.
Moral: Avoid unnecessary confrontations. Especially ones you can’t win.
7. There is a Good Way and a Bad Way
Two people can be saying the same thing, but in completely different ways.
Moral: Be aware of not just what you say, but how you say it.
8. Don’t Bail
Stick with situations even when they don’t appear to be ideal. The best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap.
Moral: You do the right thing, good stuff has a way of happening.
9. The Power of Humility
After his father’s death as he was going through his personal effects, Randy discovered his father had been awarded the bronze star for valor. No one ever knew. In 50 years of marriage, it had never come up.
How many of us would keep that kind of thing to ourselves?
Moral: It is hugely more effective when you don’t ring your own bell. That is true humility.
10. Introducing Elephants
Randy said that his father always told him, “when there is an elephant in the room introduce it”. He began the Last Lecture displaying a CT Scan of his liver with the ten tumors.
Moral: Tell it like it is. Don’t avoid the obvious.
11. Driving Responsibly
This was another one of Randy’s Dad’s favorite expressions. “Just because you are in the driver’s seat doesn’t mean you have to run people over”.
Moral: Don’t take advantage and act like you have power over people
12. Not Everything Needs Fixing
Although it was Randy’s belief that every problem could be solved, Steve Seabolt said that eventually he came to the logical realization that he would not be able to fix everything. Simply put, there would not be enough time.
While most people measure their lives in decades, Randy had to measure his in weeks.
13. Self Esteem
It can’t be given. It has to be built by each of us.
Moral: We are responsible for our own positivity.
14. When People Stop Telling You You’re Screwing Up
That means they gave up on you. A bad place to be. Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you an care.
Moral: When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.
15. Experience is What You Get When You Didn’t Get What You Wanted
Moral: Even when you lose out, you win.
16. Head Fake Learning
Most of what we learn, we learn indirectly. This kind of learning is everywhere and you need to keep your eye out for it.
Moral: Football doesn’t just teach the sport itself, but teamwork, sportsmanship,and perseverance.
It is a Skill Set. A set of skills. You may not be the smartest, most talented, fastest, or the most technical. But leaders can lead well because they are skilled at it.
Moral: Leadership skills are just as important as any other skills.
18. Soda in the Back Seat
Randy amazed his niece and nephew, not to mention his sister while she was admonishing them to be careful not to mess up their Uncle’s new convertible. He took a can of coke and poured it on the back seat.
Moral: People are more important than things, including a brand new pristine convertible.
19. A Great Way to Tell Someone They Are Being A Jerk
Randy’s mentor told him “It’s such a shame that people perceive you as so arrogant. Because it’s going to limit what you’re going to be able to accomplish in life.”
Moral: Tough feedback is even more effective when delivered the right way.
20. 15 Minutes of Your Life
With months left to live, Randy was at the grocery store going through the Self Checkout lane. He realized the register had double charged his $16.55 purchase. He thought about it, and then left the store.
The 15 minutes of his life it would’ve taken to straighten out the double charge was worth much more than $16.55. When you have but 6 months of life to live, every minute is precious.
Moral: Yes. Every minute of life is precious.
21. Self Assessing
The best gift an educator can give is to get someone to become self-reflective. Get a feedback loop and listen to it. The hard part is the listening.
Moral: Knowing who you are and what you are capable of is priceless.
22. Alice — A Virtual Reality Tool for Kids — Through the Looking Glass
“I, like Moses,get to see the promised land, but I won’t get to set foot in it. And that’s OK, because I can see. And the vision is clear.”
Alice is Randy’s Professional Legacy. Tell stories. Build games. Learn to program. ”Millions of kids having fun while learning something hard”. Once again, the Head Fake. “I will live on in Alice”.
Moral: Don’t underestimate the power and value of your legacy.
23. Decide if You’re Tigger or Eeyore
“I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I am going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there is no other way to play ” ~ Randy Pausch.
Moral: Keep Having Fun.
24. Loyalty Is a Two Way Street
When you see the good in people stand by them even if there is a personal price to pay. They in turn will stand by you when you need them. Like friends Dennis Cosgrove and Steve Seabolt who both stood up big time for Randy.
Moral: What goes around comes around.
25. We Can’t Change The Cards We Are Dealt
We can only change the way we play the hand. And that’s how you should be investing your time.
Moral: Don’t waste time on things that can’t be changed or controlled.
26. The Real Head Fake
You lead your life the right way, the Karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.
Moral: It’s not about how to live your dreams though, it’s about how to lead your life.
And it was all about his kids — this was the Second and Last Head Fake…