Dreams and Experiences

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15/09/15
DREAMS AND EXPERIENCES
This essay will cover two important points of Last Lecture by Prof. Randy Pausch that I found impressive, and the brief description of how I dream. As a conclusion, I will criticize myself on the basis of Last Lecture.
First thing that I learned from Randy Pausch is the importance of being an imagineer. People have a tendency to stop imagining when they start to think any of their dreams will not come true anyway. But as we saw in the lecture, even though seems like childish and irrelevant, if you try hard you can make it possible. Pausch did his best to accomplish his dreams before he died. It means before we gave up from our dreams, we can do the same too.
The other critic point about Last Lecture is, it was a pretty influential speech to encourage people to think about the brick walls in their lives. According to Pausch, these brick walls are there to prevent some people from achieving their goals, and for some people walls are there in order to show them how far they can go for their dreams. Pausch did great to break his walls that he met while he wanted to achieve his zero-gravity dream. So why do not we break our walls in front of us?
After the Last Lecture, when I think about my dreams, I realize that I do not have too much of them. Because they are keep getting true. The reason behind this is, instead of long-term, I used to aim short-term achievements. Such as; being successful in high school, being successful is university, earning my own money, getting my driver license and so on. Other thing about my dreams is, they are in a micro level. I have never aimed to be number one rather than being successful in my school. Main point of my all dreams is being happy and stress-free.
Consequently, imagining and making dreams come true as much as possible, is shaping our lives. The reason behind I am a small imagineer and I…...

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