Sunday, December 5, 2010

What does this have to do with horses?

I watched a video this morning of a lecture from a professor, Randy Pausch, that was the best advice I have ever heard.  You can see it yourself at:
Dying 47-year-old professor gives exuberant 'Last Lecture'. [VIDEO]

It moved me to send to my 20 year old new to college grandson with the stipulation he watch it.  I also sent the link to a good friend who loves to live and learn, and to another good friend who has a young daughter that will benefit from the advice.

It is about how to fulfil one's childhood dreams.  We all have them....or should.  Randy said some things that I have already discovered in my life about fulfilling one's dreams.  My dreams were not earth shattering, or will make mankind or the earth a better place; but then...maybe just passing on what I have learned is enough.

My parents and my mentors did their job well.  They cared about me; and I, in turn, care about you.   Here are a few of the quotes that came out of Randy's lecture that had particular impact.

"Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things."

"The best gift an educator can give is to be self-reflective."

"It is pretty easy to appear smart if you are parroting smart people."

"It is about leading your life...if you lead your life the right way...the Karma will take care of itself."

"When you are pissed off and angry with people, you just haven't given them enough time to surprise and impress you."

"When it comes to men: ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do."

"Brick walls let us show our dedication.  They are there to separate us from those who really don't want to achieve their childhood dreams." 

So...what has this got to do with horses?  It is a "head-fake".....see the video for an explanation