The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

13 October 2017 | Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) delivers his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

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
  • 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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