Randy Pausch made a difference. He was a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon who died of liver cancer at 48. Before he died, Randy left a heartfelt video full of inspiration for us all to appreciate. More importantly, however, was his message to his wife and three kids.
The most memorable quote from the video is when people ask Randy what’s his secret to obtaining tenure so early. Randy responds, “Call my office at 10 o’clock on a Friday night and I’ll tell you.”
Why more young folks don’t come in first and leave last I don’t understand. If you’re not showing your work ethic and inquisitive spirit from the get-go, you aren’t going places. Unless you know everything, work longer than everybody else, work harder than everybody else, succeed like nobody else!
Thanks to reader suggestions, we’re spending the $500 on more kids, rather than less, and in piece-meal amounts. Our local recreation director mentioned they just got a $1,000 grant and suggested we look at a higher traffic center such as the one in Chinatown, so we did. $200 down, $300 to go!
FAVORITE RANDY QUOTES & POSTS OF THE WEEK
“When you are doing something badly and no one’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.”
“Don’t complain, Just work harder. (Pointing at his screen) That’s a picture of Jackie Robinson. It was in his contract not to complain, even when the fans spit on him. You can spend it complaining or playing the game hard.
“It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”
“Better to fail spectacularly than do something mediocre.”
“You just have to decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore.”
“Be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.”
FAVORITE POSTS OF THE WEEK
* “Seven Zen Principles to Guide Your Money And Your Life” by Flexo is a fantastic post about a garden, and its teachings right here in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This would be the perfect guest post given the theme!
* “I Don’t Get Personal Finance Blogging” rants Evan. He’s perplexed as to why some sites and topics go ignored, and why some mundane topics such as “How He Wraps Presents” gets all the comments. Some very good commentary.
* “Debt Snow Ball To Pay 401K Loan or High Interest Loan” from Jeff does a thorough analysis of his dilemma. The thing is, paying off your 401K loan is just paying yourself back i.e. no real change. So, as Jeff rightly concludes, pay your higher interest loans first.
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