A lot of professors give talks entitled "The Last Lecture". Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
This recording includes an interview with the author.
©2008 Randy Pausch; (P)2008 Hyperion
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Very insightful and very different perspective of living.
The authors clear desire to pass on something great to his children. Love......
The stories about Disney.
How can you not get a tear or many tears in your eyes over this book.
An excellent book that goes back to the basics, the things we "learned in kindergarten" to help us really focus on what's important in our lives. I can really appreciate one of the lessons Professor Pausch brought up time and again in this book. Self-esteem is earned. It's not the result of having equal outcomes in life. Hell, it's not even the result of never keeping score in a baseball or soccer game. It's earned through experience and yes, sometimes failing. I really appreciated the passion and love Professor Pausch exhibited in these simple stories. It's a motivating and thought-provoking book.
A top listen. (Even though it's so emotional that it was hard to read again)
None. Once you read the book you'll understand why.
CMU has the actual Last Lecture on You Tube. Read the book first! It's the only way to be prepared for what you are watching.
The book, the video, and everything around this story is very emotional as well as inspirational.
I was brought to tears several times while I listened. Thinking of not only about myself in Randy Pausch's position but rather about how he used it as in opportunity to leave nothing behind.
At the time I listened to this book the first time I was reading several management training books. I stopped listen to them after the first 30 minutes of the Last Lecture. It was eye openning to see Randy's ability to influence people by just good deeds and selfishness.
Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
I can't find words to express how much this novel touched me. I kept nodding sentence after sentence, I couldn't agree more on Randy's perspective of life. My favourite quote being:
Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.
No matter the age, everyone should read this novel.
Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
Expected more inspiration, expected more insight. Some how this book didn't really move me nor inspire me to carpe diem. it rang more of a man's reflection on his great life.
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