Saturday, August 9, 2008

Randy Pausch, Rudyard Kipling; Thoughts on Manhood

A nice post about Randy Pausch from Brutally Honest. He holds up Pausch as an excellent example of manhood, and even quotes some Rudyard Kipling to support his thoughts.
Randy Pausch, Rudyard Kipling; Thoughts on Manhood

Posted by guest blogger BroKen.

Have you ever heard someone say, "You da man"? Well, who really is "da man"? Randy Pausch seems an unlikely candidate. A professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University must be a nerd among nerds. He couldn't be "da man," right? And though he did a few impressive push-ups during the lecture that made him famous, he finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer last month. Does "da man" ever lose?

Well, Randy Pausch gets my vote for "da man" because he epitomized the famous poem about manhood, If, by Kipling. Consider these few lines:

If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master,
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And trust those two imposters just the same;

Go read the rest of the post.

In case you have been living under a rock and missed the lecture, here it is, all 76+ minutes.
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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