If you were going to die, and had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?
This question is the premise of an academic tradition called the “Last Lecture,” which allows professors to share their wisdom with their students. But for the late Professor Randy Pausch, it wasn’t a hypothetical scenario. Diagnosed with cancer, he only had months to live when he gave his Last Lecture this past September. It was the lecture of a lifetime. Titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” it encouraged people to dream big, to be strong in the face of adversity, to never lose the wonder and to help others achieve their own dreams. Wise, witty and incredibly moving, it became a global phenomenon: viewed online by millions, featured on numerous TV programs and linked to by legions of Websites.
In this volume, Pausch expanded on his lecture, elaborating on his message and sharing how he learned each of the lessons outlined in his talk. As he said, “It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.”
This is one of the most inspiring books we’ve read in a long while.
Hardcover Book : 224 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Bks/Imp of Buena Vista Books ( April 09, 2008 )
Item #: 12-561602
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 9.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I wish I could have had this book as a young mother. There are so many things I would have done differently. This book is inspiring and gives you a reason to rethink how you're living your life and what is truly important. It's not preachy in any way, but written from the heart. I applaud this man.
Reviewer: Jane F
I lost my dad just before I turned two and remember nothing about him. This book will be a great legacy for his three children.
Reviewer: Betsy F
This was a powerful book that strongly conveyed the message of living life with passion and meaning. I found it very inspiring.
Reviewer: Beth K
I purchased 3 of Randy's books..I have one, one for my daughter in law and one for a friend. He was such a inspiration to me. I only hope that if one day I should get a fatal disease like he did I can face it with the courage he did. His family will always have this special book and the thoughts he left them with. Bless him.
Reviewer: Barbara C
It was an excellent way to get you thinking about what was really important in your life. It's definitely a book to give to people who are just too busy to see what's passing them by. I also like that it was not "preachy", it was beautifully written.
Reviewer: Linda W