The Ability to Display What Life Can Be as Opposed to What Life Is
One of the most compelling aspects of Pausch's work is how he renders a transformative vision of one's abilities. In a context in which so many struggle with the direction of their lives, Pausch manages to transcend such debate through his focus on what life can be. Pausch's envisions a world in which individuals are able to live out their dreams, but do so in a way that recognizes the needs and aspirations of others. For Pausch, inspiration lies in being able to connect with others. In the line, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand," Pausch presents individuals as agents of change and self-improvement. We all need to look to what can be achieved as opposed to merely existing for what is. Ultimately, Pausch's The Last Lecture acts as a blueprint for how to live one's life meaningfully.