The Last Lecture
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A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” In these talks, 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 questions: 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 was his last, since he has 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 that you really think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
In this book, which has inspired millions of people to live each day of their lives with purpose and joy, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration, and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form.
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