Childhood Dreams And How You Can Achieve Yours

I have this habit of going back to revisit things that have impacted me in a significant way. The goal is to see if there’s anything new that I can learn that I didn’t learn the first time around. The video below is one such example – it is the reprise talk of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. At this point, I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it but I still love watching it.

This video always reminds me that every day we have this remarkable ability to touch the lives of others – sometimes in ways we don’t even realize we do.

I’ve listed some of his thoughts/quotes from the talk that I liked. Feel free to post your favorites in the comments section.



“The brick walls that are in our way are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there to give us a chance to show how much we want it. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.”

“Have a sense of fun and wonder all of the time.”

“It was an easy time to dream. When you turn on your television set and men are landing on the moon, anything is possible – and we should never lose that spirit.”

“I can’t control the cards I’m dealt just how I play the hands.”

“Are you a Tiger or an Eeyore?”

“Live with integrity. Tell the truth.”

“I don’t care how much value you get out of owning a nice shiny pristine thing, it’s not as good as I felt knowing that I made an 8 year old boy not feel guilty just because he had the flu.” (this one gets a big star)

Learn how to apologize: “I’m sorry. It was my fault. How do I make it right?”

“Show gratitude.”

“You can spend your time complaining or spend your time playing the game hard.”

2 comments so far

  1. Nick on

    Definitely a good lecture. People should take the time to watch the whole thing if they haven’t yet.

    I pretty much live my life by the brick wall point that Randy makes, but never really thought of it that way until I heard his lecture. People always ask me how I am able to do so many things and be at places where they are not. It is simply because I don’t take “no” or “you can’t” for an answer. There is always a way to do something if you really want to do it, you just have to find that way.

    There are countless times in my life where I was told that things would not be possible but by working at them, I made them possible. Two things that come to mind are going to grad school during the day while working full-time and moving out of Pittsburgh (the country even) when others told me I would be a “lifer” and live here my whole life.

    I agree with peteisip, good blog Chard.

  2. peteisip on

    great blog chad…ill stay with have a new follower

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