Learn to dream with some inspiration from Randy Pausch!

There are some amazing people who have lived in the world, and one of them is Randy Pausch.

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.” – Randy Pausch

You can tell these words came from a truly inspirational person. Randy Pausch was somebody who I have never been familiar with until the past few days when he unfortunately died at 47 from cancer.

Dr. Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, but he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch is famous for an inspirational lecture he gave in September 2007. The lecture was a fair-well lecture to the university, and was a tradition for all leaving professors to give before they retired. The lecture has been viewed by well over 5 million people on You tube. Time Magazine had even named Dr. Pausch as one of the Top 100 influential people in the world.

When you watch even a snippet of his speech you would understand why he was so inspirational. Dr. Pausch had a love for life which was bursting from within him. You can almost feel his intense passion for life.

Watch the tribute video from CBS below and you will start to see why I think Dr. Pausch was such an inspirational person.

Several blogs and publications have also posted articles and tributes to Dr Pausch. Here are just a few.

New York Times
Tech Crunch
The Big Picture
Wired Science

You can also check out wikipedia for more info.

I have posted his last lecture below. Watch it when you have some time. It takes 1 hr 16 minutes but will be worth every second! The perfect tribute to a great man!

Christian the Lion is a big YouTube hit!

I watched this tonight on one of the current affairs programs and just had to post it!

This is an amazing story about some Australian guys, John Rendall and Anthony Bourke, who looked after a lion they called Christian. They were forced to release him into the wild because of his size. After a year they went back to check on Christian and were told not to go close because he would not remember them.

Over 7 million people have watched the video on You Tube. There is also a good post on Green Blog.

If you haven’t seen this, you just have to watch the video to see what happens!

Steve Jobs – Cancer Surviver and the man behind Apple

Even if you have never heard of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, you will most probably be familiar with many products the Apple CEO has announced.

As you walk through your local city streets you will likely see many people focused on a seemingly invisible sound coming from the trademark white headphones made famous by the ever popular iPod. Even the Queen has purchased an iPod. It seems that every product Apple has produced in the past several years has produced an almost dream ride for the tech company. Everyone wants a bite from Apple.

Image courtesy Sigalakos

While the tech company may be soaring high there have been many recent reports surrounding Jobs’ recent health. Ever since Apple held it’s World Wide Developer Conference rumors have been running wild about Jobs’ health due to his appearing slimmer than usual.

The rumor was that Jobs might have cancer. These rumors have since been quashed by New York Times Journalist Joe Nocera who had received a phone call from Jobs’ rejecting the claim. Either way there is no real concern for Apple supporters, because Jobs has been there before.

What many people don’t know, is that Steve Jobs has previously had Pancreatic Cancer. Back in 2004 Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of the cancer and given only 6 months to live. The cancer was a rare form which was operable and not only is Jobs still around but for the most part has been fighting fit.

Jobs success in recent years is therefore not just extraordinary but it is absolutely remarkable. It is an inspiration to everyone. Jobs continued to work throughout his cancer and never told staff until after he was cured. He did not let his cancer stop his life.

So regardless of if you think Apple produces excellent products, there is a lot of inspiration behind this fruit company.

The $5 Million Blogging Inspiration from Down Under

Today I heard about a blogger in Australia who has in just 2 years created a blog valued at $5 Million.

Alborz Fallah started caradvice.com.au in 2006 and has now turned it into a massive income stream. This is an amazing thing to do in such a short period of time. There is an audio interview with Alborz published by Yaro Starak online here.

It is people like Alborz that should be the inspiration for other Internet bloggers. Not only can you achieve great respect from your blog in such a short period of time, but you can help get your blog to the point where you can quit your job.

Another great inspiration is MacRumors.com founder Arnold Kim. I picked up a post on ProBlogger the other day referring to a New York Times article reporting that Arnold Kim has just given up medicine to become a full-time blogger.

This was one of the most exciting stories I have heard. Mac Rumors, is a website which I have had great respect for. I must admit that I already believed the founder must have been working on the site full-time. It was a huge suprise to find out that he was only running the site part-time.

Not only does this story mean that people can make a living off blogging, but it also means that they can earn significant profit from their blog while only working part-time.

Don’t be afraid to take your blogging seriously. The ability is there so don’t be afraid to use it!

I hope you gain some inspiration from these bloggers!