Saturday, July 16, 2011
If you've never watched the "Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch on YouTube, I recommend it. He died a few years ago of cancer but gave a very inspiring last lecture to students, which Oprah had him give again on her show. The lecture was not about his struggle with cancer but was rather about how to achieve your childhood dreams.
How do you achieve your dreams or goals? Randy recommends that you approach life like "Tigger" instead of like "Eeyore." If you are familiar with these characters, you know that Eeyore takes a pessimistic and gloomy view of life. When you are thinking like Eeyore, it's hard to break down barriers or walls that are in your way. Tigger, in contrast, is cheerful and has confidence in himself. And with all that bouncing that he does, Tigger must be physically fit.
We all have days when we feel like Eeyore. For me, it's sometimes tough when I hit a plateau. However, I hope to think like Tigger on most days. Tigger bounces back. I like his exuberance and joy for life.