Pancreatic cancer is one of the bad ones, aggressive and painful but mercifully fast. But Dr. Pausch has become a role model for how best to play a terrible hand when life deals you those cards. Last week he went to Washington to testify before Congress.
[September 26, 2007] Last week's lecture by Dr. Pauch has taken the country by a storm. The Wall Street Journal released yet another little video covering the story after the story.
Here is the second video for those who have already seen the first (below).
If by now the reader still is not in the loop, nothing I can write will matter. I watched the lecture in its entirety Sunday morning and it was as inspirational as going to church but without the liturgy.
(For the record , I also went to church...this is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for faith. Dr. Pausch is into living, learning, serving, loving and having fun. And nothing he says suggests for a moment that church and faith are not important.)
According to the follow-up video, the lecture has been released to public domain to stand as Dr. Pausch's legacy.
At Carnegie Mellon...Dr. Pausch's speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few months. His lecture, using images on a giant screen, turned out to be a rollicking and riveting journey through the lessons of his life.
This story is too good to miss. This is all about integrity, staying on task and what it means to live your life to the fullest, no matter how long you live or don't.
H/T The Wandering Jew for the link. (Interesting. All those millions of WSJ readers already know. I'm from a different level of information sharing that gets news backwards...by blogging and reading the aggregator.)
If you don't have time to go to the Carnegie-Mellon site and watch the whole lecture (It's over an hour and a half) then you need to look closely at your time management practices. This is time well-invested. You don't have to watch the whole lecture at one sitting. You can stop, go back later and drag the timer icon to where you left off. No excuses.