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
This book is beautifully written and narrated.
The author shows great dignity and spirit, as he accepts his future, and sets out to leave his young family a legacy, far more important than money. You can't help but wonder how you would handle the same circumstances.
Should be required reading for all leadership classes, Powerful speaker, a pioneering, professor who is dying of cancer, leaves a legacy that is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Narrated by the author, it is a quick listen that will bring you back for more. One of the best listens I have ever enjoyed
A captivating true story written to inspire a dying man's children when they get old enough to understand. Randy has so many nuggets of common sense and gems of inspiration imbedded in this book, it is hard to find adequate words to give it enough praise.
This is an amazing book that is only partly about how a major illness changes life. A beautiful series of meaningful essays; it will make you think about your priorities.
What I liked after listening to the 1.40 hour Last Lecture on You Tube; is that you received a lot of back-story to all the reasons why certain stories were told and others omitted. Only those who have faced the certainty of immanent death can truly comment on why Randy faced death with such joie de vive. Rest in peace, Randy. PS I am glad that you saw the light and got a Macintosh computer, too.
The back story is the author is dying of cancer. While your first instinct is this book is about joining him on his death march, that's a headfake, this is about joining him in his quest for life. Have specific dreams. Be ernest.
There is a lot of wisdom in this book. Great listen.
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