Remembering Your Childhood Dreams

By: Brian Horn on: December 2nd, 2010 15 Comments

I want to take a break from my usual internet marketing post, and share something I learned on a trip to Australia this week (was down there speaking at a event for small business owners).

On the flight over, I read the book “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pauch. I had seen the video a few years back when it became one of the most watched YouTube videos ever, but never read the book.

Anyway, I brought up the book when I was talking to several of the other speakers and organizers.  To my surprise, I was the only one that had ever even heard of it (it has over 12 MILLION views, so I erroneously thought everyone had seen it).

So here it is for all of you that missed this for some reason.

Be warned, it is a long video (70 minutes) and there is no way you will be able to make it to the end without tearing up.  But it is a great story about living out your dreams.  As entrepreneurs we have an even stronger  core desire to do what it takes to live our dreams than most people…so I felt it was especially appropriate for Dan’s blog.

Enjoy it, and give you family extra hugs this holiday season.

On a side note…one of my childhood dreams was to travel across Australia.  Now it looks like I will be going on a multiple city tour all over Australia this spring speaking to entrepreneurs.  Childhood dreams do come true.


Brian Horn, of HornDog Search Marketing, is recognized by many as the "Glazer-Kennedy Secret Weapon", because of his role in helping not only Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer with search engine optimization and social media, but also many of the top Information Marketers in the world. Brian shares SEO tips for small businesses over at at his blog,

15 Responses

  1. Ray Higdon says:

    Powerful stuff, I had never seen this either, thanks so much for sharing it

  2. michael says:

    I seen the video a few times. What an amazing speaker Randy was. Great blog about a great video and book.

  3. Brian, I loved that video when I first saw it a couple of years ago, and it’s an evergreen message. Another favorite is Randy’s address to graduates at Carnegie Mellon just two months before he died. It’s only 6 minutes long for those who don’t have time for 70 at the moment. Also very inspiring:

  4. Thanks for sharing this Brian. Amazing Stuff

  5. Scott says:

    thanks Brian!

  6. Brian Horn says:

    Glad to share it with my GKIC Family. Classic video that will hopefully live on for decades to come.

  7. Leah Hansel says:

    Thanks for posting this, Brian, I also had not seen this and found it truly inspiring!
    Okay….I’m going to go and get a tissue now.
    Best to you This Day.

  8. Pat Vann says:

    Watching this is just what I needed, today, right now. Thank you.

  9. Chris Hanlon says:

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks so much for this. I had not seen it before.
    Last Friday we lost a friend and colleague to Cancer. He was diagnosed about 6 months ago, shortly after his 30th birthday. In the last couple of months after they knew treatment was no longer going to be effective, he did the most he could to enjoy life.
    This has been a tough week for my group of friends, and I will be sharing this on facebook for them.

    Many Thanks,

  10. Janak Mehta says:


    I love that video. I was able to attend his lectures when I studying at Carnegie Mellon for my Masters! He had great energy about him. Very well respected professor at Carnegie Mellon.

    Your post brought old memories back! By the way congratulations on your childhood dreams! My dream was to come to USA and start my own company! I’m living it now!!


  11. Joe Vargas says:

    Hi Brian,

    I had seen this video before as well as an interview with him on T.V. some time ago and have never forgotten Randy Pauch. I, like yourself, am surprised that there are so many people who have never heard of him but am so glad that they get to hear his message now. Good for you for sharing!

    Best of luck on your travels, and all the best to you and your family during the holidays!

  12. Jeremy Reeves says:

    I saw that video awhile ago and have since watched it several times. It’s simply amazing and if you don’t have the right attitude in your life right now… will PUT the right attitude in you pretty quickly :)

    Awesome stuff.

    Jeremy Reeves

  13. Ricardo says:

    Thanks for the post and video link.

    b/t/w congratulations on achieving your dream of traveling Australia, that’s amazing.
    Very inspiring for me.



  14. Rob Anspach says:

    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to all entrepreneurs.

    Imagine if you were told you had 60 days to live, what would you do? Most would try to get the most out of life. Yet, some would take the time to make sure their families were taken care of. They would leave detail instructions on how to live life.

    Be selfish to the end or allow others to live a better life because you took the time to instruct them how.

  15. Brian Horn says:

    I’m particularly touched by his positive attitude despite the grim news. No “poor me” or entitlement attitude at all.

    He kept working to finish what he started and give his young children an amazing gift.

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