Did You Figure Out the Second Head Fake?


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“Did you figure out the head fake? …..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.”

“Did you figure out the second head fake? This talk’s not for you. It’s for my kids.” 

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US and an author who achieved worldwide fame for his speech, the Last Lecture after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having only a few months to live.

What is your understanding under the second head fake? He mentioned that the quote was for his kids. Why is that? Is it because kids have their whole lives ahead of them and are only beginning with the process of dreaming. Kids have a natural ability to take on things fearlessly, enthusiastically, playfully and with vivid imaginations. They do not know the concept of karma and are not aware of its consequences on their lives. They just live, what feels right to them.

What does it say about us as adults? Are we afraid of change? Do we lack imagination, courage and creativity? Are we too busy multitasking, taking on responsibility and full of stress that we forget our purpose and essence on this planet?

Randy leaves a clue in his first quote: It is about how you lead your life. Ask yourself today, how do I lead my life? What life do I want to lead? What changes do I want to see in my life? Make a note of how you can lead that life that will work for you. Your dreams will naturally follow and with a karma that will be in your favor…and follow the kids! 😉


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