glider emblem But… I don’t have enough time…

I don’t know a lot about Randy Pausch (1960-2008) ( Randy’s Homepage and Randy’s Legacy ), but some of the little things I do know about him, have served to make my world a bit more comfortable, and he taught me through two lectures.

One of them (His Last Lecture), I saw because it was a featured video on YouTube, and the one on time management was recommended to me by a good teacher (and later showed in class). I’d like to share these things I learned, as well as the lectures I learned them from.

Check them out on YouTube, they’re there, in complete length:

So my recommendation is, take 2h 32m 49s of your time and check them out. I think that you, like me, will get more than that time back in “savings” with the stuff you learn from them :).

If you’d rather see them embedded and/or want to read some points I learned from them, check out the rest of this post.

Some stuff I learned with these videos, and some other things I “knew” before but had not internalized until then are listed below, and I’m no genius, some of these might seem trivial or too basic for you, but these are concepts that changed how I looked at things:

  • It’s important to have dreams/goals, and specific dreams/goals at that.
  • You can get stuff by not accomplishing a dream.
  • Fundamentals are key, or else the fancy stuff isn’t going to work.
  • Barriers are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
  • Don’t complain, just work harder. Do something, some actions change stuff, maybe not all of them do, but no-action doesn’t change anything.
  • Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
  • If you’re not going to have fun, why do it?
  • There’s stuff you don’t need to do, do the things that’s really important instead.
  • When you can have computers do the “remembering” for you, it’s better and most of the times more reliable.
  • Sometimes all you have to do is ask (nicely), and when you don’t know how to do something, ask someone who might know.
  • Always make time (and schedule it) to eat, sleep and exercise.
  • Opportunity Cost: Briefly put, time spent doing something “not worth it” or just doing nothing for a period of time, has very high opportunity costs, and hence it can be said that such time was squandered (spent carelessly), except those “nothings” that you need to do, e.g. rest.

Here are the videos…

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management