motivational monday: how to improve your life

First thing’s first, to my dear friend Lucky, I’m copying your “Motivational Monday” theme, if you don’t mind ;-)

Now let’s talk about this guy called Randy Pausch. He was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Shortly before his 46th birthday he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A year later he was told that he only had 3 to 6 months of good health left.

Did he roll in his bed and hope to die? No sir, he did not. A month after getting the death note, he gave a motivational lecture called “The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” which became a Youtube phenomenon. He then co-authored a book called “The Last Lecture”.

Note to myself: To watch the video and get a copy the book real soon.

In the meantime, let me share with you the following article. Read on.







This is amazing, he died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book “The Last Lecture” before then, one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind.

In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful “guide to a better life” for his wife and children to follow. May you be blessed by his insight.

Points on How to Improve Your Life

1. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don’t have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
3. Don’t overdo; keep your limits.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
6. Dream more while you are awake.
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more.
14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

15. Call your family often.
16. Each day give something good to others.
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
20. What other people think of you is none of your business.
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything.
24. Do the right things.
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
27. The best is yet to come.
28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with, people you play with, people you work with and people you live with. Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.

Thank you Professor Pausch. RIP.


~jeet~ said...

i've seen this list from somewhere, yup, he was lucky to anticipate his own death, and i bet those that was diagnosed with critical illness should also take this lesson, what more us, who insyaAllah living a (hopefully) healthy life. things happens for a reason, and most of the time for the better, thanks for sharing ;)

lucky said...

hey dieya! terharunya rasa ada motivational monday segment in your blog.. hehehehe... i know this might sound funny, but i hope that maybe this can change our lives, the way we think and act inshaAllah :)

anyway, i have the book.. i could lend u mine but ada kat rumah.. and i am so far away :( but its a good book to buy and to invest on.. and he really is an inspiration :)

again, sgt terharuuu :D

eB ezrin said...

x tau nk ko0men aper... hu3

Shue said...

this is precious! we human always take life and people around us for granted. It's heart warming to be reminded of important things like in the lists.

thanks for sharing.

p/s: i've link up ur blog at mine. hope it's ok. thks!

JaJa'Z said...

akak rasa akak tau la pasal video and that guy yang meninggal tu..mcm pernah tgk kisah dia kat OPRAh show...

Citarasa Rinduan said...

selamat hari isnin dik

suka blog kamu.. bahsa engrish kamu bagus..
tapi tulah..
kak ayu nie kurang faham sangat..

apapun.. motivasi yang kamu syer tu.. buatkan kak bertenaga,,

thanks laling

Maya Marisa said...

Serious tak pernah dengar abt him. But, thx for sharing yea babe. Lighten up the monday blues

PatinPasta said...

Thanks for sharing. Love all the points. Gonna print and stick it to my wall :)

Messy Mummy said...

Thank you babe! It's totally what i need to know, learn and work on... its no crap, it's basics in life that we all should apply to have 'that' happy life. thanks again!

dieya said...

very inspirational indeed. u r most welcome :-)

no prob at all. the moment i saw the piece, i thought it would be good to do motivational monday like u did. oh u hv the book, awesome! plan to look for it after i'm done with exam.

hehehe taip jek :-D

yeah, a good reminder for us all!
p.s.: sure thing! i've followed u and linked u bank too :-)

k jaja,
ooo pernah keluar kat oprah yek. dah lama tak tgk oprah, sejak astro takde hallmark channel.

k ayu,
thanks k ayu! semoga k ayu terus bertenaga sepanjang hari!

it was my first time hearing of him too. no prob babe :-)

no problem chica! hahaha go and print it already! :-D

no prob at all. yeah, happiness is the key!