Memoir Monday: Randy Pausch, The Lessons He Left Behind

The 7 Things that Matter Most …

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I decided to use my Labor Day holiday to clean out some old files and I came across an inspirational article I’d kept since 2008–about Randy Pausch, who gave a last lecture and wrote the book, The Last Lecture. At the age of 47, he was dying of pancreatic cancer. And he had a message that resounded with many folks.

Here are the seven things that matter most to Pausch:

  • Always Have Fun
  • Dream Big — Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids’ dreams too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes.
  • Ask for What You Want — More often than you’d suspect, the answer you’ll get is, “Sure.”
  • Dare To Take a Risk — Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted. And it can be the most valuable thing you have to offer.
  • Look for the Best In Everybody
  • Make Time for What Matters — Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.
  • Let Kids Be Themselves

    Read a Time magazine article about Pausch here.