The Last Lecture
November 1, 2011
I won't attempt to summarize the greatness contained in this book or the lessons I've learned from the author, Randy Pausch. I'll just start off by encouraging you to get your hands on these words in any way possible. (And you'll probably want to get your own copy as I've found it to be an invaluable resource that I flip back through at least on a monthly basis.) A friend first gave me the opportunity to listen to this book, and after I listened to it three times...I bought the book for myself. It's that good.
That being said, have you ever thought about what lessons you'd leave behind for your children, spouse, family and friends if you were to find out your days were numbered? Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, found himself writing his own last lecture after learning he had terminal cancer. With that back story, you might think this book sounds much too depressing for your every day light reading, but please don't let that deter you.
Pausch breaks his life-changing story into 60 short sections that are packaged so nicely...you just won't be able to put it down. This book will make you think back to your childhood dreams, remind you why you love your family so much, teach you how to be more productive and encourages you not to obsess over what people think about you.
I can't say enough positive things about this book - other than...it's my absolute favorite. Thank you to Randy Pausch for sharing your last lecture with the world.