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The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch: Computer Scientist
When I picked up the book, "the Last Lecture" from the library, I didn't know what to expect. I had not seen the entire video of Randy Pausch's lecture online so I guess I figured the book was going to be a synopsis of the lecture. It was not. Instead it was the story of Randy's life.
Dr. Randy Pausch, the scientist just stating the facts, while at many points I was reduced to tears. Over and over I wondered how this man could be so strong in the face of a terminal illness.
He lived his life the way he always had; day by day having fun and going after what he wanted no matter what "wall" he had to climb. Randy did not make it over his last and most challenging wall; or did he? We see the legacy that Randy has left not only for his family but for all of us who choose to read his words and change the way we live our lives.
Professor, Carnegie Mellon
Randy was born in 1960 and lived until 2008 when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He was a computer scientist and university professor at Carnegie Mellon.
Randy married late in life to Jai who was a graduate student he met while visiting a university in California. They had three young children. Randy was diagnosed in September, 2006 and after a period of treatment he was told that his cancer was terminal in August 2007.
The last lecture series was a common practice at the university. It gave a chance to lecturers to pick a topic they would like to speak on as if it were the last of their career. Randy was scheduled to give "the last lecture" before his terminal diagnosis and now it was very real.
Preparing for the lecture would take time away from his family and he and his wife Jai struggled with the decision to go forward. Eventually Randy, ever the teacher, decided it was something he must do. With Jai's support, he decided to base his last lecture on achieving your childhood dreams.
Video of the Actual Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
"The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have" ~ Randy Pausch
The Book - The Last Lecture
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This is a book worth owning so you can refer to it time and time again.
We all need little reminders of how precious life is. This book should be kept on your night stand and each time you wake up to a new day it is a constant reminder that others, who had a lot to give the world, are gone. You will certainly be encouraged to use your day wisely.
The Legacy of Randy Pausch - Resources Online
- The Legacy of Randy Pausch and His Lecture Videos
Lecture Videos from Randy Pausch.
- 10 Questions for Randy Pausch - TIME
Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor with terminal cancer. His stirring final speech became an Internet sensation and the basis for a new book, The Last Lecture. Here are 10 questions.
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other” ~ Randy Pausch
Randy's wife Jai continued on in his absence. Her life better for having known him. She has written a book to help others deal with the loss of loved ones. It can be hard to accept as in marriage we just assume we will grow old together. Life does go on and Randy lived it to his fullest right to the end and spread that word to everyone he could. Jai continues to write the story of Randy.
A book written by his wife Jai Pausch
Lectures can be inspiring
Have you read the book: The Last Lecture?
"Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think" ~ Randy Pausch