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This isn't really about how to set goals, but it is about a guy who set and acheived them.

The first video tells you a story about him.
The next is the first in a series of videos covering the lecture.

A very inspiring man...:notworthy::hl:

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQtwEKlUutA"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQtwEKlUutA[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HqdnjgkExY"]YouTube - The last lecture of Randy Pausch 1[/ame]
 

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Great story...I'm still watching the full lecture on youtube
 

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Just a Bump.... great story here, well worth the time to watch. I know we all, especially me, can get involved in making bread, passive income, blah blah, when we forget that there are no guarantees in life ... you or I can be gone in 2 minutes, 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years.
 

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Thanks for bumping this.

Just a few months after I met Sharon, her mom was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

From diagnosis to her last breath was 7 weeks.

This is common for people w/pancreatic cancer, since by the time it's found, it's too late.

We've organized a number of fundraisers for PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

All of these events are full of people who have lost someone-- quickly-- to pancreatic cancer.

These events are sobering, but everyone seems to "get" the fact that we need to cherish every moment-- to celebrate each day.

Again, thanks for posting this. :)

-Russ H.
 

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It brought a tear to my eye to watch him hug and passionately kiss his wife at the end of his lecture...

It's amazing what the human spirit is capable of. This guy is amazing.

Rep speed ++ for Bob. Thanks for sharing!
 
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This guy happened to be on Oprah today.

Both him and an earlier guest (the woman who wrote "Crazy Sexy Cancer" for TLC) were amazing.

They both took the stance that "we're all going to die someday...I just have a better warning of when".

They are living life fully, and have some REALLY great messages. It is refreshing to see.

The first time I ever saw a standing ovation of sobbing women:smxD:!
 

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:hl: What an amazing lecture. It's amazing to see someone so content and fulfilled with life. Wow.

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He will be missed, but not forgotten.

'Last Lecture' professor dies at 47 - CNN.com

Just a few months after I met the gal that became my bride, her mom Bonnie was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. Stage 4, as it's almost impossible to detect earlier.

She was given 8-10 weeks.

She passed away 7 weeks later, to the day.

I had never been so close to a someone that had been given such a short period to live.

Saddest day was when Bonnie came into the living room to give away her Giants tickets (she and her husband, Don, were season ticket holders, and HUGE fans).

Going through the whole thing was very hard. Two years later, almost exactly, Don was also diagnosed with cancer. His prognosis was better-- a year perhaps. But in the ensuing weeks, they found additional cancers, and he too passed away about 8 weeks after diagnosis.

My wife has worked tirelessy for PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. While it won't bring mom back, we know it is something she would have appreciated.

I mentioned that Bonnie and Don were big Giants fans. Their ashes are scattered in McCovey Cove, where the big hitters home run balls fall into the water.

-Russ H.
 

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He will be missed, but not forgotten.

'Last Lecture' professor dies at 47 - CNN.com

Just a few months after I met the gal that became my bride, her mom Bonnie was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. Stage 4, as it's almost impossible to detect earlier.

She was given 8-10 weeks.

She passed away 7 weeks later, to the day.

I had never been so close to a someone that had been given such a short period to live.

Saddest day was when Bonnie came into the living room to give away her Giants tickets (she and her husband, Don, were season ticket holders, and HUGE fans).

Going through the whole thing was very hard. Two years later, almost exactly, Don was also diagnosed with cancer. His prognosis was better-- a year perhaps. But in the ensuing weeks, they found additional cancers, and he too passed away about 8 weeks after diagnosis.

My wife has worked tirelessy for PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. While it won't bring mom back, we know it is something she would have appreciated.

I mentioned that Bonnie and Don were big Giants fans. Their ashes are scattered in McCovey Cove, where the big hitters home run balls fall into the water.

-Russ H.
Russ,
That story almost brought a tear to my eye. So sorry to hear about your Mother in law. :(

When I was about 9 years old, one of my best friends invited me to go to a NY Giants practice with him, and to meet the team afterwards. My friend was a HUGE giants fan, and told me his Father had won a contest (I was too young to care or contemplate the origin of the afternoon event, I just thought it was the coolest thing ever :) ).

A few months later, my parents pulled me aside to tell me that the reason we had gone to see that Giants that afternoon, was that my friend Frankie was very sick. His dream to hang out with the NY Giants for an afternoon was granted by the Make-a-wish foundation, because he did not have that long to live. At 10 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer.

That conversation with my parents was one of the biggest moments of clarity for me, and has stuck with me thru today. Sometimes, life just doesn't deal ya a fair hand, and it takes realizing that to truly appreciate just how blessed we really are..

-Mike
 

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Lightning said:
That conversation with my parents was one of the biggest moments of clarity for me, and has stuck with me thru today. Sometimes, life just doesn't deal ya a fair hand, and it takes realizing that to truly appreciate just how blessed we really are.
I totally agree, Mike. When I met Sharon (my wife) and her parents and sibs, I pretty much fell in love with the whole family. They loved hanging out with each other-- something I really wanted to do with my kids, someday.

I saw what great grandparents Bonnie and Don were, and was really looking forward to having them around as our kids grew up.

Sadly, this was not to be. They both passed before our first child was born.

While some people might have felt cheated that this happened, it just makes me treasure my time all the more.

You never know how much time you have.

Make the most of every moment.

-Russ H.
 

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God bless and Godspeed on your next journey.
 

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This may sound a little morbid, but...

Until they discover the cure to old age and all disease -- Death is truly one unforgiving SOB. What I got from watching this man's struggle was probably different than what a lot of people got from it --

Death Sucks, and it should be resisted at all causes. Do not go quietly! If you are dying, do not accept your fate. Fight death every way you can.

The Reaper will catch up with us all sooner or later. Even if you leave an amazing legacy behind, will it be enough to compensate you for the fact that you will no longer exist? Will people remember who you were in a generation? 2 generations or 3 or 4?

There are a lot of people out there saying that the key is to live your life to the fullest, accomplishing the most, and touching the most people, etc... But my take on it is that we need to have the most fun possible in this short time we've got, because this is it. Exploit your best assets at every age you reach, be it beauty - youth - wisdom, etc....

Cheers,

- Hakrjak :smx19:
 

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hakrjak said:
There are a lot of people out there saying that the key is to live your life to the fullest, accomplishing the most, and touching the most people, etc... But my take on it is that we need to have the most fun possible in this short time we've got, because this is it. Exploit your best assets at every age you reach, be it beauty - youth - wisdom, etc....
Could it be we're both saying the same thing, hakrjak?

Specifically:

Pursue Happiness. Do what you love.

-Russ H.
 

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Anyone else notice something really amazing. Someone pours the heart out on a venue unheard of 4 years ago and receives national attention during his life and at his death.

Simply an amazing time we live in. The modern day tree stump. Some guy gets up on a stump in the middle of a park 200 years ago. A crowd gathers and listens and the world is changed.

Now a gentlemen gets behind a podium, speaks from the soul and has moved millions. I fully believe in the butterfly effect. Simple actions can be more powerful then our little brains can comprehend.
 

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Here is an updated link ... those vids above don't appear to be working...

[ame=http://youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo]YouTube - Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams[/ame]
 

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I saw that Primetime is going to have a segment on Randy Pausch tomorrow night. Looks like Good Morning America is covering as well (appears I missed those). In case anyone is interested.....


Tune in to "Good Morning America" Monday July 28 and Tuesday July 29 for a special tribute to Professor Pausch. Then be sure and catch "The Last Lecture: A Celebration of Life" Tuesday July 29 on "Primetime" at 10 p.m. ET click here to see ABC News' full coverage of his story.
 

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wow... I did not know these guy until now.

What a story!

"Tell the truth all the time" ...

That's it!

Going to watching all videos now.. Thanks for sharing ..
 

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I posted incorrect information in my previous post today. The Primetime segment is on TONIGHT, not tomorrow night.

My apologies for any confusion.
 

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Damn, I missed the segment. Got caught up in the Yankee game.

Did anyone catch the segment? How was it?
 

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Watched both the ABC news pc and the whole lecture tonight.

Incredible.

Totally worth the time, to all of you who have not done this yet. :thumbsup:

-Russ H.
 

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My fiancee and I were both in tears by the end of the segment last night.

What an incredible, incredible attitude.

I learned a lot.

Wow.
 

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My fiancee and I were both in tears by the end of the segment last night.

What an incredible, incredible attitude.

I learned a lot.

Wow.

I hear that... I was working out on the eliptical at the time and watching the Sawyer "Goodbye to Randy Pausch", and I was ready to quit early because I was getting tired and am kinda outta shape -- and then I said to myself, "You're alive... This guy is dead... this pain feels great!" and I kept on rolling.

- Hakrjak
 

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