What Am I Going To Do When I Grow Up?

What if the brick walls are for the OTHER people?

Posted on: March 3, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium.   In this deeply powerful lecture, he provides a number of great examples of where he ran into a brick wall and yet still made his dream happen.    One of his lessons that he shares is that the “brick walls are for the OTHER people.  The people who don’t want it as bad as you.”

In a similar vein, what if the brick walls aren’t really brick walls?   What if you could regard them as walls on swimming pool?   As a swimmer you can of course choose to be stopped by the wall and continue ramming your head into the wall…each time cursing at the wall and saying “WHY ME! why, oh, why does this brick wall ALWAYS get in my way!”

Or, you might choose like many swimmers to regard the wall as something to turn and kick off of, gaining more momentum and speed as you turn using it as a spring board, not a stopping point.

So, what if you asked yourself, what are you currently regarding as a brick wall?  What are you allowing to get in your way?

  • What else could you do?  What is another way to see the situation?
  • Who else might you speak with to get another perspective?
  • What about your approach or energy might you choose to change to better facilitate a solution?

So, truly, what if not only are the brick walls for the OTHER people, but also that the walls might actually be spring boards so long as you are focused and on a mission?

What might that mean for you?

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