The Last Lecture
October 05, 2007
A number of universities have created a "Last Lecture" series. The speakers are asked to answer one question, "What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? " Randy Pausch a professor at Carnegie Mellon, known for his sabbatical work at Disney, creation of the program Alice and work with Google, was one of the recent lecturers at CM.
- Around the 41-minute mark, he talks about giving his students an interactive entertainment assignment. They were given two weeks to work on it and the results exceeded Randy's expectations. So he sought advice from his mentor, came back to his students and said, "This is good but you can do better."
- Around the one-hour mark, Randy talks about the importance of feedback from your peers, your superiors, those below you and knowing yourself.
- Also, in there he discusses finding a successor. How it's so important to find someone who's stronger than you to take over. That will make the transition a bit more smooth.