Dear students and colleagues,

I wanted to share this inspirational speech by Dr. Randy Pausch ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch ) with you all. Dr. Pausch was one of the well known professors at Carnegie Melon University ( http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml ).  He was suffering from  a pancreatic cancer and died in July 25 2008.  He is one of the persons who are alive, influencing  and impacting people everyday with motivational and inspirational stories. You may ask yourself why I wanted to share this with you at this time!?  it’s very simple, some of you are disappointed from the grade they took “like me”, some are frustrated and don’t know what’s going to happen after their graduation “maybe like you”, or even someone who already graduated but is suffering in away or another.  I just wanted to say to you KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Don’t ever let someone put you down.  We are all human, there are ups and downs, but always try to motivate yourself, try to live everyday and enjoy every moment with your friends, family and people you love.  Opportunities abound, so learn from it.  I want you to read between the lines.  Dr. Pausch has published a book called “The last lecture” http://www.thelastlecture.com/.  I haven’t bought it yet, but I’m pretty sure it has so many motivational stories.  If you have enough time, watch the full lecture which he gave for his students and colleagues at Carnegie Melon University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo&feature=player_embedded .  He also gave a fabulous lecture about “Time Management” at the University of Virginia.  If you are interested to read more about him, just type in the keyword Randy Pausch in google search and do the same in youtube and you’re going to find a lot of motivational and inspirational speeches.

One of his quotes  “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!”

To read more about his inspirational quotes, go to http://belifesavvy.com/2008/07/26/randy-pauschs-most-inspirational-quotes/

My advice for you is “Never let your title, your degree, your grade or even ANYONE put you down!”