Thursday, July 24, 2008

One Man's take on story

Wow, I just finished watching the Randy Pausch story. For those of you who haven't heard, he is a college professor who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Apparently the cancer is usually diagnosed very late and the survival rate is very low. He has beaten the odds at this point.

There are many amazing things about the man including "The Last Lecture", now a book, a truly moving speech made as his last lecture at Carneige Melon in Pittsburgh. During the last lecture one thing really caught my attention. He said "Don't tell people how to live their lives, tell them stories and they'll figure it out." The Native American and African cultures have lived by that motto for a long time. Give people a lesson in a story, let them figure it out and then they own it and are willing to do the right thing.

Thank you Randy for a reminder of what is really important in life.

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