The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
Click Here to Download the Book Many professors give lectures titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are requested to ponder their death and to cogitate on what matters most to them. And as they speak, listeners can't help but consider the same subject: What insight would we reveal to the universe if we knew it was our last opportunity? In the event we had to vanish after today, what would we want as our legacy? In this publication, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that rendered his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be distributed for ages to come.
Reviews I am so inspired by Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture", and his insight on living life to the fullest. I am grateful that in his final months of living, he is sharing his jewels of wisdom that he has discovered in his lifetime. And jewels they are! I love how he has fulfilled his childhood dreams and at the same time, supports others to follow their dreams as well - including me. His passion reminds me that life is precious, and when I approach my life as if everything matters, and when I meet each day with integrity, life can be magical. Randy Pausch doesn't take one moment for granted, and his book is a testament to passionate living. Other books that have inspired me to live my life to its fullest, are Ariel & Shya Kanes' Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment, Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation, and How To Create a Magical Relationship. By reading their books and listening to their internet radio show, "Being Here", I have discovered how to live my life in the moment - with consistency. The moment is where magic exists! It is so easy to develop this skill set. Easier than I had ever imagined. Thanks to the Kanes, the magic that Randy Pausch describes in his book is possible for everyone to access immediately.
This was a perfect book to read in a few hours during a plane ride to Washington DC. I say perfect except for the tears that would stream down my face occasionally without easy access to tissues; poor planning on my part. I love being reminded of what is important in life, and death, and I loved how he talked about fulfilling dreams, whatever the dreams may be. He talked about his students and while reading I frequently thought of my son, Eric, who will be graduating from high school this next year and moving on to college and the rest of his life and how much I want him to read this book. He probably won't, at least not right away, because getting him to read anything is challenging. But, I feel that it has enriched my life and I would recommend it to all my friends. Now I need to go to U-Tube and watch the video of the lecture.
Don't use a highlighter in a library book. This is a book that should be bought not borrowed. There are so many life lessons and words of wisdom that you find yourself wanting to highlight sections to come back to, to ponder the simplicity of words and the deeper meaning that they portray.
Randy Pausch has terminal pancreatic cancer. He has 3 to 6 good months left. He has 3 very young children, two of which will grow up with no true memories of him. A wife that is strong and yet terrified, a family that wants to spend every last moment with him, but yet Randy must put on his final lecture. The one that each professor has, the last one that will portray who and what they have learned and become. Randy chooses "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" as his theme, not what you would assume a computer geek to pick. There are so many laugh out loud moments that you begin to question if it's appropriate to laugh at a dying man, but I think that is the point, life is funny, those moments that make us what we are, are humorous. Without being preachy or religious Pausch leads us through his life, and how with a little imagination you can achieve your childhood dreams and leave a great legacy to you children at the same time.
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