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Lecture 1 May 18 Next class 5 minutes till end bring up SJACS Discuss one theme or takeaway from his talk Why is he an effective communicator Randy Pausch Married father of 3 Professor at CM Two weeks he said goodbye to his students Fighting pancreatic cancer Nothing to do months to live CT scans Family This stinks Acceptance Can control the cards im dealt Don’t choose to be an object of pity Physically very strong Does push ups Not about death, and how to live Childhood dreams Happy childhood Raided photo album Great childhood, always dreaming Easy time to dream Anything is possible The NFL Expericen is what you get when you don’t get what you want Coach grham rode you very hard because he cares Bad job and no one points it out its when people given up I’d like to make stuff like Disney
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Make the magic Kept rejection letters, inspiriational Skill valuable to Disney Alladins magic carpet ride, 15 years to do it Brick walls are how much we want it My dad Greatest generation Mother going through his thing, that was when she found that he was award bronze star of courage Mother always there to keep him in check Home complaining how hard it was Doctor but not the kind that helps people Comedic relief “They let me do it” importance of people vs things emptying soda in the back seat, its just a thing not feel guilty not have a flu tigger or eeyore never underestimate the importance of having fun work and play well with others live with integrity – tell the truth when you screw up apologize im sorry it was my fault how do I make it right (sincerity) no one is pure evil, if you wait long enough they will show their good side show gratitude gratitude is a very simple thing
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don’t complain, just work harder Jackie Robinson – had it in his contract not to complain You can choose to complain or spend the time playing the game hard Why he gave the talk Not about how to achieve childhood dreams – how to live your life If you life properly the dreams will come to you I only wrote the lecture for three people (his kids)
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1. What makes Randy Pausch an effective communicator? 2. Discuss one main theme of takeaway Why is he an effective communicator? Compares himself with the audience - Anyone could be in his position - Even though he is terminally ill, he discourages any attitudes of pity towards him - Doesn’t talk about anything specific towards his studies but rather more common events like buying a new car - Talking about family Comedic relief in his presentation - Mother keeping him in check Very smooth transitions Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, was given the opportunity to present at the college traditional series, The Last Lecture. In the series, the presenter is put in a hypothetical position where he presents with the knowledge that it will be his last medium to pass on the most valuable lessons learned in his life. Randy Pausch, however, was not in a hypothetical position, as he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer with merely a few months to live. In his abbreviated
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