If you have not yet read THE LAST LECTURE, or viewed the lecture itself, do yourself (and your Community, your Family, your Friends) a favor - and JUST DO IT. ASAP.
Randy Pausch and the work he left behind for the whole world, in the form of that video and his book, The Last Lecture, remains an inspiration for us all.
Mark and I have both just read this powerful little book, and highly recommend it to you.
-- D & M, August 22, 2008