Pausch’s last lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.
My dream was to play in the National Football League. And most of you donâ€™t know that I actually â€“ no. [laughter] No, I did not make it to the National Football League,but I probably got more from that dream and not accomplishing it than I got from any of the onesthat I did accomplish. I had a coach, I signed up when I was nine years old. I was the smallest kid inthe league, by far. And I had a coach, Jim Graham, who was six-foot-four, he had played linebackerat Penn State. He was just this hulk of a guy and he was old school. And I mean really old school.Like he thought the forward pass was a trick play. [laughter] And he showed up for practice the firstday, and you know, thereâ€™s big hulking guy, we were all scared to death of him. And he hadnâ€™tbrought any footballs. How are we going to have practice without any footballs? And one of theother kids said, excuse me coach, but thereâ€™s no football. And Coach Graham said, right, how manymen are on a football field at a time? Eleven on a team, twenty-two. Coach Graham said, all right, and how many people are touching the football at any given time? One of them. And he said, right, so weâ€™re going to work on what those other twenty-one guys are doing. And thatâ€™s a really goodstory because itâ€™s all about fundamentals. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.