14 Be a Finisher: Final Thoughts on Aligning Yourself with Destiny and Good Fortune

DOI: 10.4324/9781003260387-17

In the current era of information access and exchange, professors (like myself) are sometimes asked, often near the end of their careers, to give lectures on what wisdom they would share with the world if they knew it was their last opportunity. Professor Randy Pausch, then a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, accepted the challenge but learned soon thereafter that the pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed a year earlier had metastasized and was terminal.

Although he initially hesitated over whether he would fulfill this commitment, because of Randy’s yearning to find ways to ingeniously leave a ...

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