Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture (Summary)

Summarized a dozen takeaways –

1. …Because it’s all about fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. You’ve got to get the fundamentals down because otherwise the fancy stuff isn’t going to work.

2. When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up. And that’s a lesson that stuck with me my whole life. Is that when you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are your ones telling you they still love you and care.

3. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

4. When you’re pissed off at somebody and you’re angry at them, you just haven’t given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they’ll almost always impress you.

5. It’s such a shame that people perceive you as so arrogant. Because it’s going to limit what you’re going to be able to accomplish in life.

6. Never lose the childlike wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us. Help others.

7. When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it. Show gratitude.

8. Be good at something, it makes you valuable.

9. Work hard.

10. Find the best in everybody. You might have to wait a long time, sometimes years, but people will show you their good side. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.

11. And be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.

12. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.

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