Friday, September 19, 2008
The Last Lecture
"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 as his last, since he had 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 than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe."
The Last Lecture was delivered on September 18, 2007. It was in his last stage of cancer that Pausch decided to put that lecture into book format. Though no longer alive, his words and wisdom live on.
Released-(1st edition) April 8, 2008