Mr. Pausch's lecture was titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." I haven't watched the video yet, but I did just finish the book that he wrote afterwards. And, it was incredibly moving! Mr. Pausch had a very positive outlook and I came across many wonderful quotes. I cried many times during the book, and wrote down some of my favorite quotes.
(I haven't watched the lecture yet, but I plan to!)
Here are my favorite quotes:
- "You've got to get the fundamentals down, because otherwise the fancy stuff is not going to work."
- "When you're (messing) up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they've given up on you."
- "There's a lot of talk these days about giving children self-esteem. It's not something you can give; it's something they have to build."
- "Shatner was the ultimate example of a man who knew what he didn't know, was willing to admit it, and didn't want to leave until he understood."
- The brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to showhow badly we want something."
- "Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier."
- "I found the best short cut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard."
- "Self-esteem? He knew there was really only one way to teach kids how to develop it: you give them something they can't do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process."