"No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. At the same time, it is often within your power to make things better." - Randy PauschMany of you by now have heard about Randy Pausch, who recently died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47. He has small children and knew that he would not be around for them while growing up so he decided to give "The Last Lecture" at the university where he was a professor. Randy recaps life and prepares for death with his reflection of life and what he thinks are important lessons he learned. What Randy did was answer this basic question.
What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you?
This is what Randy Pausch did. I've extracted some of his life lessons that we all can learn from and titled them
"Eight Ways to Make Things Worse."
Here they are:
View a preview of Randy's lecture on YouTube
Don't treat people like they are more important than things.
Don't focus on the solution.
Don't look for the best in others.
Don't be gracious.
Don't say thank you.
Don't sincerely and frequently praise others.
Don't treat time like precious gold.
Don't help others.
The Last Lecure Website.
Your homework: Make things better.
Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, USAR, (ret.)