Posted by: illinigirl | July 27, 2008


Okay people. . . This is a topic I absolutely had to blog on.

My friend Jim posted a video on myspace a while back on Randy Pauch called “The Last Lecture.”. . . maybe by now, you all know about him given that he’s made a number of TV appearances and has written a book. . . but back then, I hadn’t heard about him.

If you haven’t seen the video, please, please, please check it out. . . Yes, i know it’s ten minutes long, but I promise, you won’t be sorry.

This is the video from Oprah. . . his actual lecture is over one hour long.

This video really ispired me. . . wow.  What an *incredible* attitude.

He embodied several of my favorite quotes. . . one of those being:

ATTITUDE by Charles Swindoll”The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”

Dr. Randy Pauch passed away on Friday. . . I happened to get on my computer as I was cooking for my party at one point and saw the headline. . . and thought about how many lives he’s changed in the short time he’s been delivering his message to the masses. 

The funny thing is. . . his mom told people when he got his PhD in computer science that he was the type of doctor that didn’t help people. . . I think many, many people would contest that.

Rest in peace. . .



  1. I read his book and cried multiple times. He really had an incredible outlook on life.

  2. This is so bad…but working in the industry I do, you can’t help it…but his book is going to SELL OUT big time now that he’s passed.

    Haven’t read it yet. Maybe I will…

  3. i haven’t read his book yet. i’ll have to add it to my list.

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