Tuesday, December 16, 2008

eating into the book challenge... The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Inspiration item #4

First off the angus+robinson book list is 'The Last Lecture' by Randy Pausch. Kicking off with a book written by a man in the last few months of life before pancreatic cancer takes over is probably not the most cheerful way to start my lastest challenge.. but it is inspiring.

And to top it all the book is definitely quotable:

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." p.148

Luck is what happens when luck meets opportunity." p.147 (Seneca, Roman philosopher born 5B.C.).

"Whether you think you can or can't, you're right.

"Proper apologies have three parts:
1) What I did was wrong.
2) I feel badly that I hurt you.
3) How do I make this better?" p. 162

"...the moral is: If you want something bad enough, never give up (and take a boost when offered). Brick walls are there for a reason. And once you get over them - even if someone has practically had to throw you over - it can be helpful to others to tell them how you did it." p.174

* The copy I've got is published Hachette Australia.. and they've got a little space rocket adorning the cover, but I thought a disney picture pretty much summed the book up. One of Randy Pausch's dreams was being an 'imaginer' at Disney.. a fulfilled dream he details in the book.

Inspiration item #4

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