Saturday, October 11, 2008

B*A*G Book Notes - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Today I finished reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow and watched the video of his actual last lecture at Carnegie Mellon. Literally it was Randy's last lecture and he knew this while giving the lecture. He had received a prognosis that he would likely only live 3-6 months, after aggressively treating pancreatic cancer. Randy passed this Jul, 22 months after being diagnosed.

Talk about turning your baggage into B*A*G. His lecture and book has given me a healthy dose of fuel for my Believe Act Go Traveling Sanctuary. I've kinda been moping around lately and after reading this book I am thinking, "Self, you have got to be kidding me. What the hell do you have to be depressed about?" This man knows he will die soon, leaving behind a loving wife and three young children and look at what he is doing. He chose to LIVE the rest of his days for his wife and children and ended up gifting millions without premeditation. Major KARMA payback after leading an honest, earnest life.

I have turned Randy's 57 short story "life lessons" from his book into "Randy spent a day with Kim Lampe and they came up with this TO DO LIST:

  1. Inspire your children to dream

  2. Enable their dreams

  3. Accept help from others

  4. Don't be afraid of brick walls, they are their to remind us how bad you want what's on the other side. How bad do you want it?

  5. Spread joy

  6. Shred fear

  7. Have Fun

  8. Believe

  9. Act

  10. Go to your dreams

  11. Bring your Traveling Sanctuary to others

Fueling your Traveling Sanctuary by reading and listening to inspirational stories is a requirement if you plan on GOING where your dreams will meet your reality. False inner and outer critics will steal your fuel very quickly. Your physical body can't go very long without eating. What makes you think you can go without fueling your dreams?
Dreaming is Believing
Believing is Doing
Doing is Believing
Now Go to your Dreams.
Go Go. Go Ladies go go go. Go Ladies go go go. Go Ladies Go.

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