July 29, 2008

It's hard not to gush

So... I did get to write an article about Randy Pausch. The media department was looking for a story  - like, fast - and someone remembered my pitch. Of course they only realised they needed a story really late in the workday, so my article isn't exactly perfect. I basically wrote it and then skimmed it once or twice to catch the biggest mistakes. I would have had more time if I wouldn't have had to watch the Last Lecture again (it's more than 1 hour long).

- I just got a call saying that the article was OK considering the short time. Ah well, I guess I have to hold myself to a higher standard. Someone should :)

Again, Pausch's speech was inspiring. I had a really hard time staying in my journalist role and not gushing in the article. I can only try to remember his words every day. Especially that stuff about not complaining but working harder. I'm a big complainer and I know it. And: I don't always "find the best in everybody" like he suggests. But I'm willing to try and work on this. I'm determined not to let the brick walls hinder me. And I'm not ashamed to be so influenced by the thoughts of someone whom I didn't even know. I know I'm not alone with it. Even though his speech was intended for his kids in the first place Randy Pausch spoke to a helluva lot of people.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I need to watch that; I've heard so many great things about it. And I, too, am a big complainer, and not great about finding the good. Things to work on, for sure.