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Life Lessons ~ Randy Pausch March 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance.

In the last post, we focused on The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. As promised, here are a few other life lessons Randy shares in his inspiring book:

Manage time like money * Stop wasting time on irrelevant details * Learn to delegate * Some times all you have to do is ask * Focus on your priorities ~ you may have less time than you think

Be self-reflective * Your rights are balanced by your responsibilities * You cannot change others, but you can change yourself and how you view them *

Don’t obsess over what other people think about you ~ focus on what you think about you * Tell the truth ~ all the time

Listen to others * Encourage others to excel * Let them know you appreciate their efforts * Look for the best in others and you will probably find it * Actions speak louder than words ~ watch what they do, not what they say

Pick your battles wisely * It’s better to be happy, than to insist on being right * Sometimes the best way to avoid unnecessary arguments is just to raise the white flag * Find common ground * Take a time out * Check your ego at the door

Dream Big * Whining about problems is not the best way to achieve your goals * Start moving in the direction of your dreams, and don’t stop * Think ahead and be prepared ~ bring what you need with you

Remember you are not alone: be open to input from others * No job is beneath you * Work hard and play hard * Encourage your kids to develop a joy for life * Help them discover their own path to fulfillment

Above all:  Show gratitude * Remember to give thanks * Never give up * Don’t live like you are dying ~ or die while you are still living * If you live your life fully, your dreams will come to you

Related post:  Stop Yer Belly-Aching


1. RichardWScott - March 4, 2010

I am reminded of a moving message found on a bumber sticker (no pun intended). It said:

“Look for the good and praise it”

I never did find out the origin of the quote, but I have repeated it over and over.

2. nrhatch - March 4, 2010

Oh, I shall have to adopt that quote and add it to my arsenal of aphorisms.

If we look for the negatives in a situation . . . we will find them, and magnify their importance.

If we look for the positives . . . we will be rewarded for our efforts.

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