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Life is a constant struggle, especially because the lessons we learn are oftentimes knowledge gained after we really needed it. It's one of the reasons mentors are so important - they've "been there, done that." They coach us through making better decisions than we would have otherwise. They help us get over those walls that we seem to constantly hit.

"Remember brick walls let us show our dedication. They are there to separate us from the people who don't really want to achieve their childhood dreams." So Randy Pausch coached us in his famous last lecture. If you don't have any mentors, we think Randy would be happy if you considered him your personal life coach as he provides this advice to his children.

Although a little over 1 hour, we think you will find it well-worth every minute of your time. The video should be an inspiration to us all and something that will benefit us the sooner in life we see it.

h/t to Clarisse for suggesting it.

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Nov 3, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=666

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