Sunday, September 30, 2007

"What wisdom would we impart to the world if it was our last chance?"

A professor at Carnegie Mellon shares his "last lecture."

You can view the article here.

My favorite part of this lecture is "Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things."


W Brown said...

I loved it when he explains how if you give some one enough time they almost always impress you.

That is why I love teaching freshmen so much. I get to give them time. I am privileged to watch them grow for 4 years.

I'm not yet ready to give my parting advice, but I suppose when I do it will mention something about finding a career where you can express your passion. For me it has been teaching so far.

d. o'neill said...

He is impressive and I loved listening to him. I was also struck by what both you and Brown pointed out. I never saw brick walls in such a way and he definitely makes you think about what it is you really want to achieve or want to go after badly enough.
I particularly liked the advice to parents about letting kids paint their rooms. Allowing for kids to express themselves is important and it can be applied to what we do in the classroom.