Before his death in 2008, Carnegie Mellon Professor, Randy Pausch, gave an inspiring lecture to the faculty and students. The lecture made such an impact that it went viral on the internet.
A month after the lecture, Diane Sawyer of ABC interviewed Randy and talked about just why the speech of this dying man had had such a profound effect on his listeners.
The following are a few of Randy Pausch’s pearls of wisdom from the lecture:
Loyalty is a two-way street.
Never give up.
You get people to help you by telling the truth and 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 and 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.
Be good at something, it makes you valuable.
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.
It is WELL worth watching this video