Life Lessons from Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, as a Carnegie Mellon University professor, developed the programming language called “Alice” ( and is a past recipient of Microsoft Research funding on Game Development.  

As a longtime educator, I found this lecture from Randy particularly compelling. It contains so many life lessons that will inspire and move you: mms://

Randy talks about: “Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things.”

Best regards,
Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP

Comments (4)

  1. Don Spencer says:

    I’m so glad to have seen this lecture in its entirety, Stephen. Thank you. I saw an excerpt sent to me on Facebook, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. And that’s no head fake…

  2. Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, ISP, says:

    Don, I appreciate the comment. And you are so right about the whole lecture since it provides the underlying context, history, relationships, and more — this gives the lecture a special vibrancy.

    Best regards,


  3. Graham Jones says:

    How could you fail to be truly inspired by this man. He is one of those very few people who come along once in a lifetime. I can only hope that the fortunate people that he helped and taught fully appreciate the unique experience that they had and do justice to his legacy.

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