Randy Pausch Said Something In The Last Lecture That Can Really Help Keep Us Going

Randy Pausch wrote The Last Lecture to help his three very young children know, when they got old enough to wonder, what he valued in life. He had to write it before he died. He didn’t know when he would die, only that it would be soon.

Last July, two years after reading Randy’s book, I shot a short video with a challenge for you. Now, three years after Randy’s unfortunate death, his message is even more important.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Very nice. Brought a smile to my face and BTW also noticed the T-shirt on the back of the chair.

  2. Donna, wow. I hadn’t noticed. Cheryl & Chapin had surprised me with a “prototype”. πŸ™‚
    Do you still have a childhood dream or two left in you?

  3. In our house the exchange goes like this:

    I love you more than…

    Life itself.

    Great video. Like Donna it brought a smile to my face.

  4. My friend, I look forward to the day when you tell us the adult Chapin’s version of this story.

    I promise you it will be more interesting than you can possibly imagine. And, you have a pretty wild imagination.

    You inspire me. I mean that.

  5. Mike, thank you. I mean for the part about the wild imagination. lol
    Dude, only road warriors who travel together can make up the stuff we make up when we make up stuff.

  6. Jeff, this reply is coming from deep down. I don’t remember many childhood dreams. I think I was a kid just living day to day. It may sound sad but it is not. I had a marvelous childhood, BUT, now at 59 I am full of dreams. So many that it makes every day a mix of fear and amazement. I can also say that I get great joy watching my grown children reaching for and achieving their own dreams. It is almost as gratifying as fulfilling my own. Funny how that works. I think I could write a entire blog post on this πŸ™‚

  7. Donna, thanks for sharing this. It must be so fulfilling to see your grown children blossom. One can only imagine.

    PS. You got me thinking about defining “childhood” dreams. To me it means “when we were younger”….maybe even into our 20’s.

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