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[…] If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, and the dreams will come to you. In addition, there are other things I learn from the lecture which are not explicitly mentioned there. Randy called this kind of learning “head fake”, which is learning something indirectly through an experience. Here they are: 1. Stay positive no matter what, but not in denial Randy is not in denial of his condition, but he is just as positive as you could imagine. It takes a great deal of courage to be like that. 2. Make things fun Randy makes the lecture a fun experience, which somehow reminds me of Richard Feynman. I felt it early in the lecture, but he later mentioned that it was indeed what the CMU president told him to do when he was preparing the lecture. The CMU president told him: “Tell them about having fun, because that’s what I remember you for.” And Randy said that talking about having fun for him is like “a fish talking about the importance of water”. He said “I don’t know how it is like not to have fun… I will keep having fun everyday I have left.” 3. Dream a big dream When he went to the Disneyland as a child and saw all the excitement there, he didn’t just think “I want to experience this”. Instead, he thought “Gee, I want to make stuff like this.” That’s a big dream for a child. This attitude is also apparent when he talked about Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and Alice. He is the co-founder of ETC, which he described as “The Dream Fulfillment Factory”. But, although ETC was very successful, his dream didn’t stop there. He dreamed of a “scalable” dream factory which would enable millions of people to achieve their dreams. Based on this he co-created Alice, which he described as “The Infinitely Scalable Dream Factory”. 4. Learn from all the people in your life Randy learns from practically everyone he meets. He learns from his students, his colleagues, his mentors, his football coaches … the list goes on and on. 5. Be dare to do things differently He did it with the ETC which he said is “not like any master degrees you’ve ever seen.” For example, ETC has no dean to report to and the curriculum is entirely project-based. Being dare to do things differently does make a difference. 6. Find the right place to nurture your dreams He mentioned several times in the lecture that CMU is the only place in the world he knows where something unusual like ETC could happen. I learn something here: for a seed of dream to grow, it should be sowed in the right soil. Have you found the right place to nurture your dreams? Resources for further exploration: […]