Dying College Professor Gives Inspiring Speech


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Professor Randy Pausch was included in TIME Magazine’s 2008 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. His speech reminds us to be fully present and motivate us to pursue our dream.

Professor Randy (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008), taught computer science, human-computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. He first learned that he had pancreatic cancer in 2006 and was given the terminal diagnosis, 3-6 good months left in August 2007.

He gave an excellent speech “How to Achieve Your Childhood Dream” in October 2007 on The Oprah Winfrey show. He shared that there’s an academic tradition in CMU where top academics were asked to think deeply about what matters to them and then give a hypothetical “final talk.”

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