Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

As I watched my kids sleep the other night I couldn't help but think how precious and quiet they were.  They seem like such angels when they are sleeping.  I also couldn't help but think how they had their whole lives ahead of them and I wondered what they would be when they grew up.

Recently my husband and I watched a YouTube lecture called: Randy Pausch's Last Lecture; Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.  Randy was a 46 year old professor in virtual reality at Carnegie Mellon University and he was dying of pancreatic cancer.  His speech was absolutely amazing and inspirational.  My favorite part was how he kept referencing using 'head fakes' as a way of learning.  Basically 'head fakes' are a way of tricking someone into learning something they don't realize they are learning.  Make sense?  We do this to our kids all the time!  Anyway his whole speech ended up being a 'head fake' and I'd like for you to watch it to find out why.  Be prepared this speech is one hour and sixteen minutes long but this man is so inspirational that the time will fly especially if you can get it thru your Wii, X-box or blue ray on your TV so you can sit in the comfort of your living room.  Ah the wonders of technology!

His speech made me think about what my childhood dreams were.  I always wanted to work for Disney, not work at Disney, but work for them like in the public relations department or something.  I also wanted to be in the cast of Saturday Night Live and well unfortunately my memory isn't the greatest these days and that's all I can remember.

Now my adulthood dreams that I have not yet accomplished are to somehow get involved in intellectual property law possibly by tying it into the small business consulting firm I'd like to start.  I also want to become a bestselling author, host Saturday Night Live, become fluent in French, live in France for a couple of months each year and inspire everyone to achieve their dreams.  So as you can tell I have not grown up at all!

I just feel like we have one life and we should make the best of this life.  Find something that will inspire you daily to keep reaching for your goals in life!  One thing Randy Pausch did want us to remember was that there is something more important in life than achieving our dreams and that is family. Without your family living a dream isn't really a dream at all.

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people."
Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)
"It's not about how to achieve your dreams, it's about how to lead your life, ... If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you."
Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)

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