Saying sorry the right way

Posted: October 5, 2010 in mission, personal, quotes
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From Dr. Randy Pausch:

There are three parts to an apology:

  1. I’m sorry.
  2. It’s my fault.
  3. How can I make it right?

Most people skip the third part.  But that’s how you know they are sincere in their apology.

This was taken from his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007.  Click ‘read more’ for the video.The video is more than an hour long and discusses life’s important lessons such as being positive, enjoying life to the fullest, continuing to dream big, telling the truth, working hard and complaining less, and waiting (for people to show their good side, because everyone has one) .

The quote above is just one of the many things you’ll learn from him.  This lecture is truly inspirational.  In Oprah’s show where he presented part of the lecture, he shared that he wrote the lecture not for the 400 people who came to the auditorium, but just for 3 people.  Then he showed his picture with his 3 kids.  *tears* Bless you Dr. Pausch.


Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch[2] (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture entitled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.



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