Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Oftentimes, in our pursuit of our ambitions, we voluntarily neglect our own happiness. I know I’m certainly guilty of this. It’s just too easy to ignore the spiritual, emotional, or physical needs of our body when there’s a goal to reach. However, it’s important to keep even our ambitions in perspective of the overall fact that each of us has one life to live. The following video is of an incredibly inspiring lecture from Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University. Entitled “The Last Lecture” because Prof. Pausch had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and this being last lecture to staff and students at Carnegie Mellon before spending his remaining days with family and friends. Upon a few minutes of watching, you’ll quickly realize that this is not a sob story, but one intended to inspire us all to live each and everyday with joy and...
PepTalk from Kid President

PepTalk from Kid President

“The world needs you to stop being boring […] We were made to be awesome!” -Kid President Being an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone with ambitions and a desire to make a differance can be hard. Changing anything is often harder done than said. So, from time to time you’ll find yourself in need of a pep talk to pick yourself back up, and continue that good struggle. A pep is what the doctor ordered, and the following video does just that. Enjoy....
Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Address

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Steve Jobs used those four words above to close out his commencement address to the Stanford class of 2005, and he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting and perfect phrase for the occasion. Speaking to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford, Jobs implored the recent graduates not to get comfortable after graduation. Rather, they should “stay hungry” in order to commit themselves to the risks that may one day lead them to incredible success. I can’t elaborate much more on this speech from the man, himself, without doing some injustice to this inspiring speech. Watch the video. Be inspired. Find your creativity. Take...
The Thrash

The Thrash

A few of weeks ago I read a blog posting from Jonathan Fields entitled, “Embrace the Thrash,” and I think it’s worthy of mention here. Many times we find ourselves struggling, unsure and questioning our resolve in pursuing new ventures. Heck, we might not even be sure why we start it all. And it’s easy to think we’re alone, but the fact of the matter is that the many who have gone before us have experienced similar trials and hardships. We just don’t hear enough about the hardship that every successful person has had to endure on their way up. As Jonathan Fields puts it, […] most visionaries don’t talk about that “dark” time. Because it’s not sexy. It doesn’t feel good or look good to others. Nor do the great creators tend to get any public attention until after the thrash yields a clear enough vision for them to become unwavering pulled toward a quest. The spotlight loves heroes and legends, not WTFs… We feel bad when we’re in the thrash because all the luminaries we place on pedestals seem to have their stuff so together, seem to be so insanely focused on the one and only thing that matters. And dammit why can’t we be them? Thing is, those same people thrashed mightily before arriving in a place of mission. And they will again. The “thrashing” is a part of the journey to your success. Embrace it. Own it. Know that you are on your way to...