If you haven't yet listened to the 'last lecture' by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, it's worth the hour and sixteen minutes. Dubbed "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," it takes you through Randy's own childhood dreams and the idea that you, too, can accomplish your goals. If you hit a brick wall, simply assume it's meant for everyone else...and keep pursuing your dreams. Ultimately, however, the gem you walk away from with is this: be a good person, reach out to others, and your dreams will find you.
Especially poignant is the fact that Randy intended his lecture not only as an inspiration to others but, perhaps more importantly, as a message to his children. He passed away on Friday, July 25th, 2008. Rest in peace.