Brick Walls Are for the Other Guys

What would you say if it were your last chance to say it?

For Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon, that’s not a hypothetical question. He only has up to a few months to live.

Jeff Zaslow of The Wall Street Journal wrote a terrific piece (subscription required) on Paush’s “last lecture” this morning. But you can actually see parts of it in the inspiring video below. Start to finish, it eats up about five minutes. And it will probably be the best use of your time all day.

Amazing how simple sentiments—“Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you”—can make such a strong impact when they’re delivered in something other than a Hallmark card.