Scott Watermasysk

Still Learning to Code

Randy Pausch

According to various news sources, Randy Pausch has lost his battle with cancer. I had been meaning to write something about Mr. Pausch’s inspirational Last Lecture video and his book The Last Lecture.

Here are a couple of the things from his Last Lecture which will hopefully stick with me for a long time:

  • “The head fake”
  • Brick Walls – they are not there to stop us. They are there to let us prove how badly we want something.
  • “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”
  • Why? Never ask one word questions.
  • “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you”

I never heard of Mr. Pausch before he got sick, but I am sure I will remember him a long time to come.