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  1. Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams Randy Pausch Carnegie Mellon University Sept 18, 2007

  2. The elephant in the room…

  3. I’m not in denial… And I’m in good health now

  4. What we’re not talking about • Cancer • Things more important than childhood dreams: my wife and kids • Spirituality & Religion • My deathbed conversion

  5. Today’s Talk • My childhood dreams • Enabling the dreams of others • Lessons learned: how you can achieve your dreams or enable the dreams of others


  6. My Childhood Dreams

  7. My Childhood Dreams • Being in zero gravity • Playing in the NFL • Authoring an article in the World Book encyclopedia • Being Captain Kirk • Winning stuffed animals • Being a Disney Imagineer

  8. Being in zero gravity

  9. The “vomit comet”

  10. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things

  11. Football • Dream: play in the NFL • Coach Graham • practice with no football • fundamentals • him riding me all practice • Coach Setliff • Power of enthusiasm • To this day, I am most comfortable on a football field

  12. I Never Made it to the NFL • But football got me where I am today • Fundamentals & Hard Work • “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted” • Most of what we learn, welearn indirectly (or by “head fake”)

  13. Being an author in theWorld Book Encyclopedia

  14. Being like Captain Kirk Meeting

  15. Dream • Being Captain Kirk

  16. It’s cool to meet your boyhood idol.

  17. Winning Stuffed Animals

  18. I can hear the cynics…

  19. Being an Imagineer

  20. Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things

  21. 1991: VR on Five Dollars a Day CHI ‘91, and TomFurness asks a question…

  22. Jon Snoddy • I had to brief the Secretary of Defense • Disney’s Aladdin project • Lunch with Jon… • “ But you're in the business of telling stuff, and we're in the business of keeping secrets” • He taught me: “wait, and people will surprise you.”

  23. Our Villain; but all’s well that ends well