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The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.

-Randy Pausch
Never stop chasing your dreams, that is a motto that seems to find its way into my blog regularly, and it is definitely one to live by. I honestly believe reaching a goal successfully takes hard work, preparation, and persistence. There is no better way to portray true persistence than by likening it to breaking down a brick wall. A brick wall is tough, and knocking one down is a daunting task, but the incredible thing is that brick walls are not unbreakable. Though these walls are meant to keep things out, if one wanted to get through it all they need is time and a true desire to break it down. Randy Pausch made this statement to a class of his students during his “last lecture,” he knew he was given a death sentence, but he decided that the brick wall that was his health was not going to keep him from sharing his life lessons and wisdom with his students one last time. Pausch used the brick wall to describe any obstacle that his students may face in life, and let them know that these “brick walls” are only walls to those who don’t want it bad enough. Obstacles in life, like a brick wall, always seem extraordinary, but with persistence, hard work, and desire, any brick wall can be broken down.