I am apparently one of the last people to find out about Randy Pausch's "last lecture", now a book. There'll be a Diane Sawyer special on ABC tonight, but I recommend just watching the video. (Or read the transcript, as I did - I can read much faster than I can watch.)
It's about using your childhood dreams to achieve, or to enable the dreams of others. And to a large extent it's about perseverance, and having a sense of humor, both of which he demonstrates very effectively. And charm, which he also has lots of, but never mentions.
He says you have to decide if you're a Tigger or an Eeyore. And fundamentally, I bounce like a Tigger, but gloom like an Eeyore. In other words, lots of charm and humor, but enough innate despair that staying at any one thing for long is not really my best talent, as many former employers and lovers would surely attest.
But enough about me. Look at Randy. He's inspiring, and he knows it, and he's getting to read his own glowing obituaries before he goes.