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 is a well written, colage of a man's life...last thoughts as it were. The author reads and in that way twells his own story and takes you one bit at a time through some very delightful and thought provoking territory.
I listened to this book and I found it to be very inspiring. It made me want to do better. This author is amazing. I enjoyed this so much I watched the actual lecture online.
I know that he wrote this for his children, and for his students. But Randy Pauch has give me set guide line for the way to live, life. And for that I say Thanks.
I really enjoyed "The Last Lecture". It was hard to remember that Randy Pausch was living with a terminal disease, such an upbeat and positive person. How lucky are we to share parts of his life through his book.
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
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