Wednesday June 22nd 2011

Thought for the Day

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand.”

~ Randy Pausch

*Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch

Born: October 23, 1960 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: July 25, 2008 (age 47) Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

An American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

*Source | More | The “Last Lecture”


Wednesday June 22nd 2011 — 3 Comments

  1. @C.Singh….Yes it does play a huge part but, at least if your hand includes the right to make choices eg. a democracy, then you can either advance greatly from a crushingly poor hand or fall to the depths from a sterling hand.

    One of Pausch’s choices I suppose was to not hide away and mourn his certain young death continuously his last healthy months, but rather he chose to live them fully and as a by-product he accomplished a great deal.

  2. but doesn’t the cards your dealt with play just as important part. what if the cards you have you didn’t ask for…..if you know what i mean!!!

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