"If you look at my [CT] scan, there are approximately 10 tumors in my liver. The doctors told me I had three to six months of good health left. That was a month ago so you can do the math."
The diagnosis was a grim reality, but Pausch doesn't do grim and he doesn't do self-pity.
The Wall Street Journal called it "the lecture of a lifetime" and those who have seen it have more than agreed.
-----> Mark sez: I agree, and I want EVERYONE who ever reads me to go Here to Google video (and spend TWO hours of your life, watching, listening, and if you're like me, making NOTES while he talks...)
(or play it HERE-- but it's TWO hours LONG!
A beloved professor at Carnegie Mellon, Pausch got a standing ovation from the 400-member audience before he even opened his mouth.
"Make me earn it," he told them.
I will (I hope) be annotating the video with specific points that I noted, such as at 1:18 (1 hour 18 minutes) in the videotape when he mentions one goal/point:
- How do you get people to help you?
- Be Earnest
- Apologize if you're wrong
- Focus on others
- Brings out birthday cake for his wife, whose birthday was day before lecture.
Challenge (NOT OPTIONAL)
Pick out THREE points of the video that you'd like your spouse/significant other/children
- His childhood list of things to achieve
- Disney Imagineer
- Experience Zero Gravity
- His entertaining story of how BRICK WALLS are placed in front of us to separate the WHEAT from the CHAFF.
- and how he eventually DID work for Disney, even after being rejected!
- How he worked with his team to introduce a new programming metaphor to encourage girls (and kids) to program, without telling them it's programming!
- and most of all, VISION