I’m Back: Pausch Lecture

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough."  — Randy Pausch

Well, I am back after a prolonged absence. With the Holidays, several company sales and New Year efforts, I had trouble finding time to post. Once you begin to drift, it is easy for habit and firedrills to take over. I did enjoy one comment from a reader who asked "Is this blog dead because of the credit crisis?". The good news is that we don’t use much leverage in venture, so the blog is back.

I have my mother-in-law to thank for bumping me out of blogging retirement. She sent me an article to read from the WSJ "A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime". In academics, professors will do "Last Lectures" in which they give parting words of advice as if they were dying. Well, Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon has pancreatic cancer and actually is dying. Rather than feeling sorry for himself or dropping deeply into depression, he decided to pull a presentation together for his three young children. He gives an amazingly motivational talk that I think all entrepreneurs should see. It has an incredibly deep array of messages in such a short period of time.