The Last Lecture – How To Achieve Your Childhood Dreams

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The Last Lecture Book CoverRandy Pausch was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September of 2006.

He gave a now famous lecture entitled, “The Last Lecture – Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007 at CMU, which became a popular YouTube video.

He then co-authored a book called, The Last Lecture, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

I offer you his famous lecture on How To Achieve Your Childhood Dreams

I encourage you to watch this video if you are lost on your dream path. It will inspire you to keep on believing in your dreams.

Here are some great Randy Pausch quotes –

  • Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”
  • “It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”
  • “The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.”
  • “Its important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.”

Keep on dreaming –


  • Elain

    I love this blog! You inspire me to go after my dreams.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Wendy you are just the best and I plan to have some fun Tuesday!

  • Wendy

    I just finished watching the video. It is so moving. I saw him on Oprah when he originally came on. It puts all the little complaints in our daily lives into perspective. Thanks for putting it on the site and thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th. Wendy