Sunday, 13 July 2008

Book ~ "The Last Lecture" (2008) Randy Pausch

From ~ A lot of professors give talks titled “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

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.

Excellent book! If you haven't read it, you should. It's a quick read.

Randy is leaving behind life lessons/reminders for his three young children such as tell the truth all the time, taking risks, and accepting criticism (because it means they care enough and haven't given up on you).

Watch The Last Lecture

Dianne Sawyer's ABC Special interview

Randy's homepage


Nancy Face said...

The book really sounds wonderful.

I'm grateful to know that we don't vanish when we die...we live on, just not here on earth! :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds very inspirational. I am always reminding my husband that life never reaches that one perfect point, the everyday life we live is important. Don't dream it away or spend so much time looking forward to the future that you miss out on what is happening here and now. Great message!