Saturday, August 6, 2011

Have u figured out the second head fake?

The title of this blog is one of Randy Pausch famous quotes. Pausch was a  Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was dignosed with pancreatic cancer with only a few months to live. Pausch achieved worldwide fame for his speech 'The Last Lecture' in which the line ' have you figured out the second head fake' appears.
Below is the 2008 CMU Graduation Speech written by Pausch. I found it very powerful.

  • We don't beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully — for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up.

  • I assure you I've done a lot of really stupid things, and none of them bother me. All the mistakes, and all the dopey things, and all the times I was embarrassed — they don't matter. What matters is that I can kind of look back and say: pretty much any chance I had to do something cool I tried to grab for it — and that's where my solace comes from.

    It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed. It is the things we do not. Find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything that I have learned in life, you will not find that passion in things. And you will not find that passion in money. Because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric — and there will always be someone with more. Your passion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside. That passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes.

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