I read, I like, I share (20) : Randy Pausch

“When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.”

“The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out.  The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”  “And once you get over them — even if someone has practically had to throw you over — it can be helpful to others to tell them how you did it.”

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.  And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.  And despite my love of efficiency, I think that thank-you notes are best done the old fashioned way, with pen and paper. ….. It’s just the nice thing to do.  And you never know what magic might happen after it arrives in someone’s mailbox.”

“Halfhearted or insincere apologies are often worse than not apologising at all because recipients find them insulting.  If you’ve done something wrong in your dealings with another person, it’s as if there’s an infection in your relationship.  A good apology is like an antibiotic ; a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound.”  

“Sometimes, all you have to do is ask, and it can lead to all your dreams coming true. ….. Ask those questions. Just ask them.  More often than you’d suspect, the answer you’ll get is — Sure.” 

“So my dreams for my kids are very exact : I want them to find their own path to fulfilment.  And given that I won’t be there, I want to make this clear : Kids, don’t try to figure out what I wanted you to become.  I want you to become what you want to become.”


— Randy Pausch  《The Last Lecture》



For You (5)



There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask “what if I fall?”

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?


— Erin Hanson


Wise Words (2)

It was like coming this close to your dreams and then watch them brush past you like a stranger in a crowd.  

At the time, you don’t think much of it.    

You know, we just don’t recognise the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening.  

Back then, I thought, “Well, there’ll be other days.”

I didn’t realise that that was the only day.


* Field of Dreams (1989)