You can view a “Powerful Life’s Lesson” From this Inspiring Professor — whose death was approaching. At the time of this video, Pausch was battling pancreatic cancer, and expected to only live for another few weeks. Yet his words on how to achieve your childhood dreams sound as though they’re coming from someone who is on top of the world.

Universities across the United States are increasingly asking their professors to think deeply about what really matters in life — and give hypothetical last lectures.

But for Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie-Mellon University, October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008, the lecture is not hypothetical, it’s reality.

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