Life Lessons and the Randy Pausch Head Fake Theory

“Art impacts on every aspect of our lives whether we are aware of it or not.”

The Randy Pausch infamous “Last Lecture” circles the internet like it was brand new, hot out of the stove. He gave the lecture months ago before he didn’t have much time left. It’s ironic that the hypothetical Last Lecture hits so close to home for us all.

Hypothetically if you were dying, what would you say in your last lecture? For Randy Pausch, that isn’t a hypothetical. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and the doctors only gave him a few more months to live.

So walking on the stage at Carnegie Mellon where he was a professor, he delivered his Last Lecture. A lecture that was video taped and downloaded over six million times. The lecture was transcribed into notes and the file has been copied, emailed, posted and read by millions of people. The lecture has been made into a book by Wall Street Journal writer Jeff Zaslow, a writer Randy affectionately considers the fastest writer on earth.

Randy’s Last Lecture landed him on CBS Evening News with Katieufabet เข้าสู่ระบบ Couric, ABC World News with Charles Gibson and Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. He even gave a shorter ten minute version of the lecture on Oprah. To say the least, there are very few people in this world who are up to date on news and society who don’t know the name Randy Pausch.

While his audience caught the main thrust of his message and walked away with, “Don’t pity me.” I walked away with something else. While one reporter indicates that he has watched the lecture twelve times getting something new out of it each time, I have to say that I do too. But, I got one very critical message that will stay with me forever.

When Randy Pausch talks about the head fake, he’s talking about football. When he was a child, he wanted to play in the NFL. He had other dreams too like being in zero gravity, being like Captain Kirk, winning stuffed animals at the amusement park and being an imaginer at Disney. But, being in football taught him so much more than just the three point stance or how to read a play. Football teaches players things like, “Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Perseverance…etc.” That’s the head fake. Kids go into something like football because they enjoy it. But, they get out of it life’s lessons that they will carry with them once their days of playing football are over.




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