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
Membre since March 2008.
I just finished this book for a second time and it still remains among my all time top 5 books.
There is something about hearing this man's life that just speaks to me. He did not do anything grandiose but what he did do he did it in a grandiose way.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone living with or personally has a terminal illness. Moreover, this book is so packed with commonsense wisdom, I would recommended to be read by all regardless of their circumstances. I appreciate the author's style of communication, his vulnerability and candor. I'm know that I will listen to this book again and again. Walter
I listened to this on my flight to Vegas and back. There was so much hype about this book. TV, Radio, even billboards. I expected the book to be a certain read but it was different than what I expected so it took me awhile to get into a good frame of mind to finish. It was as if I wanted cookie dough ice cream and I got neopolitan. Ice cream is great but it wasn't what I was expecting. Good read still. Kept putting myself in this guys shoes and was thinking how I could teach my children about the future without me. God speed Randy.
If Randy himself had done the audio on this, it would probably be easier to handle. But the choice of readers cast makes Randy's words (already a bit righteous), even harder to swallow. I had to constantly remind myself that this book wasn't written for me, but for the author's children. Consequently, it shouldn't be read by anyone but his children. It should be their private memoir in my opinion.
Less a lecture as much as a collection of essays. They're all worth the time, but none of them are "wow, I never thought of that" kinds of concepts.
Pausch's steady optimism in the face of terminal illness is the highlight of "The Last Lecture." Unfortunately, his life lessons generally consist of obvious and often trite axioms that are often used, seemingly, to occasion Pausch's self-promotion. While I didn't learn much of anything, I was bewildered by apparently overlooked paradoxes in his simplistic lessons. For example, after commanding the reader to ignore what others might think about oneself, he exhorts the importance of apology and of expressing one's appreciation of others through personal gestures of gratitude. To be honest, Pausch's not infrequent moments of righteousness are grating.
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