The Last Lecture
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.
Reviews of: The Last Lecture
The Last Lecture is one of the most touching and heartfelt books that I have ever read. I originally heard Randy's lecture on Oprah and was literally brought to tears. My mother passed away last year from lung cancer and for a very long time I seemed to be walking through life in a state of utter confusion. But after reading this book I was able to smile and laugh which is something I hadn't done in a long time. His words spoke to me and I was finally able to start healing. Randy Pausch showed me that strength comes from love and that even though my mother wouldn't be here physically she would always remain in my heart. I wish Mr. Pausch was still alive so that I could tell him that his words literally brought me back to life. I brought this book because I needed closure and I recommend this book to anyone who is grieving or for anyone who can't seem to get passed the pain of loosing a loved one. This book will make you cry but it will also make you smile and that is all that matters.
Like millions of others, I watched the video of Randy Pausch's lecture on YouTube. I watched him on 60 minutes ... and had to buy the book
It's a simple message he has ... to live a good life, go after what we want, follow our dreams, and pay attention to the people close to us.
What he said over and over again, is that this book was for his children. A way for him to let them know what he thought was important. And that was what was on my mind all through the book. That I was a bit of a voyeur in this conversation between a dad and his kids. And it's a wonderful conversation.
I can't imagine what it would be like to discover I was going to die when my children were small. But I hope I would have done what Pausch has ... "build some nets" for the family I would be leaving behind.
This book is for anyone. Period.
We're all going to die, Randy Pausch was blessed in that he really lived.
After watching the dateline special on this man, I had to read the book! Corny as it sounds, thats how I found him. Randy is a one of a kind man. He can see clearly what the world is all about, and ignores all the rest. Even when faced with cancer and death, he is joyful and makes the most of his time. I cried HARD at the chapter talking to his children. It was so poignant and sad to hear and see how his son and daughter would have to grow up without him and his thoughts about that subject. He is obviously still human and is emotional about the whole thing, but his love for life and his determination to keep any negativity out of his family really ring through in this book of true love. Great read for any age.
Randy Pausch’s book “The Last Lecture” is truly inspiring. The book is written to help enable our childhood dreams and to inspire us to keep dreaming big. Randy Pausch wrote this book based on his popular “Last Lecture” given at Carnegie Mellon where he was a teacher. The lecture and book are even more motivating and impactful with the knowledge that he was in the last stages of pancreatic cancer during both. The book is optimistic, funny, and full of lessons. As I read it, I knew I wanted to give my children the same type of wide-eyed belief in their future. That they (and I) could do or be anything. The life lessons and attitudes described relate to any one reading and will leave you hopeful of what you can do and heartbroken that a man this amazing will not be around to inspire his family and every one he impacted.