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Randy Pausch's "last Lecture"





menino
Following are the points of Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture", on his advice of leading a better life.

Professor Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but dedicated his book "Last Lecture" to his wife and kids.
YOutube it to hear his speech. It is quite moving.

Hope you'll be benefit from his insight.

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POINTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Personality:
1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
3. Don't over do; keep your limits
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip
6. Dream more while you are awake
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more
14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Community:
15. Call your family often
16. Each day give something good to others
17. Forgive everyone for everything
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day
20. What other people think of you is none of your business
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything
24. Do the right things
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
27. The best is yet to come
28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with,
people you play with, people you work with and people you live with.
Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.
Afaceinthematrix
I hate poking fun at the dead because it makes me a complete douchebag, but I can't really help doing it here...

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Professor Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008...


And then:

Randy Pausch wrote:
23. GOD heals everything


He probably should have added some exceptions in there...

I agree with some of this list, but a lot of it is crap (yeah, yeah, I know I'm pessimistic - my family tells me that every time i see them (which is why I'll start with some of those on the list...))

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15. Call your family often
16. Each day give something good to others
17. Forgive everyone for everything
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day
20. What other people think of you is none of your business
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.


15. And if I don't like my family??? It has been several years since I've spoken to many family members and I intend to not break the trend...
16. Okay.
17. Ehhh... Some things you just can't let go of... Although you don't want to waste precious energy hating anyone... But then again, he is just copying Jesus' philosophy (some professor...)
18. Why? Old people and I don't generally get along and I cannot stand kids (hence why I do not have them)
19. Okay
20. The hell it is if you're interested in getting anywhere in the business world
21. You choose your friends so yes but you don't always choose your family so screw that if you don't like them...



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I pretty much agree with 1-14 so will not comment...


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22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything
24. Do the right things
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
27. The best is yet to come
28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.


22.
Richard Dawkins wrote:
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.


And so why would I put him first in anything other than a list of fictional characters that are ******?
23. LoL. Yeah right... I already pointed that out (although if he did I would be a super-Christian just so that I can use hard drugs and have a hell of a time just to be healed later in life...)
24. Okay.
25. Not always
26. Dress up? Unless I seriously need to impress, you'll see me in jeans (which may or may not have cut off knees) and a t-shirt... maybe i'll be wearing chains...
27. Unless it has already come...
28. Okay.
29. I won't thank God for anything... I'll thank myself if something is good because of my work or I will thank another PERSON if that person helped me..
30. I would point out many counterexamples but it would just be sad...
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