Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture

The other night I listened to what’s now come to be known as “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who is 46 and dying of pancreatic cancer. There was a recent article about him in the New York Times which you can read here. The lecture is almost 2 hours, but it’s definitely worth watching it through.

The lecture itself runs the full range of human emotions, is inspiring, wonderful to watch, and really funny. I’ve been thinking through my head about a lot of the concepts he brings up, and the one mantra he says is :”Don’t complain, work harder.” Although I don’t like to admit it, I know that I do my share of complaining when it comes to my work as an artist. And even though I usually internalize my complaints for the sake of others around me, I know that even that can be a huge detriment and distraction. I’m finding that this simple mantra is helping me stay focused, especially when I feel overwhelmed by all of my multiple professional roles.

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