The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

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5/5 Last Lectures

On The Back:

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
— Randy Pausch

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 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!

My Thoughts:

Knowing you will die soon must be hard, and writing a book and giving a lecture when you know you’re going to die soon is unfathomable to me. But Randy Pausch did it, and I’m glad he did.

This book is absolutely filled with advice, thoughts, and teachings from a former professor at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with an extreme cancer. He took that diagnosis and ran with it, determined for his last days to be his best days. He chronicles stories from the past, present (at the time the book was written), and anecdotes to form this masterpiece.

I absolutely loved this book so much that I am getting my own copy as soon as I possible can. It’s absolutely chock-full of valuable advice, tips, tricks, and life hacks if you will that will help you thrive in your family, work, and personal life. It touches on everything from tips at the workplace, to how to fulfill your dreams. Even though Randy eventually died and knew he was dying while writing this, this book is honestly not a sad book. It is an extremely happy book that grabs life and sprints with it, making the most of every second.

I cannot possible tell you how much I recommend this book. Highly, highly, highly recommend for every age group!

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