May 182017

When the welfare state takes over raising children life gets twisted into the pursuit of the wrong goals. Pride of Achievement for example, comes from winning not breathing. Drive, desire, the development over years of the skill to win in competition is no longer needed for success. The rewards of success are passed out by government bureaucrats who themselves are rather poor substitutes for success.

What can the world gain if you stop short of your goals?

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

Charles Darwin gave up a medical career and was told by his father, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat catching.” In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.

F. W. Woolworth was not allowed to wait on customers when he worked in a dry goods store because, his boss said, “he didn’t have enough sense.”

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.

How To Achieve Your Dreams. . .

Randy Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, which he titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007. the “Last Lecture” was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical “final talk”, i.e., “what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”

A month before giving the lecture, Pausch had received a prognosis that the pancreatic cancer, with which he had been diagnosed a year earlier, was terminal. Before speaking, Pausch received a long standing ovation from a large crowd of over 400 colleagues and students. When he motioned them to sit down, saying, “Make me earn it”, someone in the audience shouted back, “You did!”

Pausch was upbeat and humorous, shrugging off the pity often given to those diagnosed with terminal illness. At one point, to prove his own vitality, Pausch dropped down and did push-ups on stage.

Pausch begins by setting up the various topics being discussed. The first of three subjects, his childhood dreams, is introduced by relaying the overall premise of why he is stating his dreams, saying, “inspiration and permission to dream are huge”. The second topic in “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” is titled “Enabling the Dreams of Others” where Pausch discusses “Building Virtual Worlds” where Pausch creates a fiction called “Alice- The Infinitely Scalable Dream Factory”. His goal is to encourage people to chase their dreams. He developed a computer game where children can make movies and games, learning something hard while having fun. He believes that “the best way to teach somebody something is to have them think that they’re learning something else.”

For his third and final topic called “Lessons Learned”, Dr. Pausch reiterates and introduces a few new lessons that he has learned and accumulated over his lifetime. Arguably the most meaningful point Pausch made comes at the very end of his lecture, when he states: “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.”

That’s the opposite of the welfare state where government leads your life for you.
Dream on.