Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

If you knew you had six months to live and could give one speech summing-up your life and communicating your values to your kids what would you say? Would you talk about your regrets? Your grudges? Your accomplishments? Your childhood dreams?

This was the question 46 year old Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Randy Pausch was faced with and his answer is nothing short of inspirational.

I've linked the speech below but I'd like to warn you - it's almost two hours long. If you have the time it's well worth watching. You can skip the introductions by the first two people until you get to Randy.

(For the record I became aware of this story because J.J. Abrams just helped Randy accomplish one of his childhood dreams by giving him a small part in the Star Trek film shooting now. )

Randy Pausch's Farewell Speech.


Swinebread said...

I saw this news story on ABC news back in Sept.

They had only out-takes so I don't remember him talking about Star Trek, but it's cool they did that.

Dean Wormer said...

Yeah, the whole speech is worth watching. I missed the thing with Pausch when it hit the media a while back.

Got your message by the way.