A Dying Educator’s Message to His Children

By Katie Ash — April 08, 2008 1 min read
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In following suit with yesterday’s post about overcoming obstacles and doing your best with the skills that you have, here’s another inspiring story about a Carnegie Mellon University professor, Randy Pausch, who gave his “last lecture” about what really matters in life after finding out he has terminal cancer.

His talk focuses on achieving childhood dreams and helping others achieve their own, and was intended to provide advice and counsel for his three children--all under the age of 7--as they grow up. The lecture, which you can watch on YouTube below, has now been expanded and turned into a book. The video is about 75 minutes long, so you’ll need to set aside a pretty good chunk of time if you want to watch it, but it’s very inspiring and has lots of great advice about how to stay motivated and follow through on your dreams.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.