Flá pointed me out to this speech by Steve Jobs, encouraging Stanford’s commencement class of 2005 to follow their dreams and not anybody else’s. I strongly believe in that and often tell it to my students, who are often lost and confused looking for the “right” career in which to succeed. I always tell them that you can’t succeed if you don’t have your heart in what you do. As Jobs says in the video below, “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.(…) Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition.” Somehow things will workout if you do.
Andy Pausch was a young and promising computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told he didn’t have long to live. He then delivered his last lecture before retiring from university, appropriately entitled “really achieving your childhood dreams”. His lecture has spread like wildfire all over the world, inspiring many to remember the important things in life. I posted the video here. Andy finally passed away yesterday, at age 47, leaving behind his wife and three kids (Dylan, 6, Logan, 3, and Chloe, 2).
Some exerpts from the lecture:
-Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day because there’s no other way to play it.
-Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
-No one is pure evil. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you.
-Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough.
-It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.
-We can’t change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand. If I’m not as depressed as you think I should be, I’m sorry to disappoint you.