Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon gave a presentation called, the “Last Lecture” when he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the presentation he talks about how bricks (barriers) keep people from achieving their dreams. A question he poses to us is how bad do you want it? Those who want it bad enough will break through the bricks and get what they want.

While on the other side of the coin those who don’t want it bad enough will be stopped by the bricks and deterred from their dreams, passions and wants. What are you dreams, what do you want? Once you determine your wants in life the next question is what bricks are in your way?

Of course we all have barriers that keep us from doing what we love and keep many of us from pursuing tapping into our passions and reaching our full potential. Randy Pausch during his last lecture talked about achieving your childhood dreams and his lecture wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, and seizing every moment.

In order to break free from the barriers we must have the will and determination to go after what we want. The stronger our will the greater the chance we will have at achieving our dreams and getting to the other side of the wall. It won’t be easy, we will hear a lot of negativity and naysayers along the way (many times these are the people who never made it through their walls) but it is our will and determination that will allow us to overcome barriers and get what we want out of life.

What do you want? How bad do you want it?

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