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
Meaningful life advice
The author does not know he is dying when given the assignment to give a "last lecture." A short time after accepting the assignment, he finds out he only has a few months to live. What he shares with the reader/listener is impactful. It reminds us not to take anything for granted.
I have not. I would listen to both, though.
I really enjoyed this book, and I even recommended it to friends.
One of the best pieces of advice the author gives is that we have a choice to be "Eeyore" or "Tigger" from the Winnie the Pooh series. I'm afraid that I have always identified more with Eeyore, but I'm now trying to live like Tigger.
Well written, well spoken and very much missed! The only downside is that there's no pictures to connect with, thankfully there's the internet.
This is not my normal genre, however, I throughly enjoyed it. I am amazed at how one can overcome the obstacles to leave such an amazing letter for his children and wife. It sure made me wish I had met him at least once. My prayers for his family.
The book is well written and the narrator keeps it interesting. For those suffering with a family member dealing with this horrible disease, Randy's stories will be uplifting.
This is a keeper! Pausch's way of translating his life lessons will surely relate to everyone on some level. It is a great motivator personally and career-wise. It will make you laugh, cry and think about your own dreams and if you lack dreams it will make you want to create dreams to achieve while you still have time!
What a ride! All I can say is that I wish I had known Randy. I thought that this "last lecture" by a man who knew he was dying might be morbid, or that I'd walk into work with my mascara smeared after listening to it in the car, but it is uplifting and funny and makes you think about how you treat other people and what you are doing with your life.
I listened to this book in one sitting while knitting a blanket. It is not a handbook on what others should do if they are in similar situations, but Randy Pausch sharing -- allowing us a peek into how he approached life. I think some of his ideas for capturing his love for his wife and children so that they would have those memories after he passed on are great for those even without terminal illnesses, but just to have to be able to look back on ... for your children's teenage years, and for them to share with their children in the future. It it a very uplifting book from a man with a zest for life and a carpe diem attitude to the very end. It reminds you to rejoice and be glad in each and every day that God allows you to be here on earth.
This was a wonderful book. Although the theme is depressing (he is dying), his outlook on the life he has had, and has left, is inspiring. After listening to this book, I have decided to start journaling. Hey....you never know. Life is definately short and unpredictable. If you have ever heard Randy speak, you will appreciate the narrator, as he makes you feel that Randy is speaking directly to you. A definate recommendation.
I'm sorry this guy is dying but I'm interested in giving an honest review here. This book has far too much hype and not enough substance to back it up.
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