[Pixel Pick] The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

August 31, 2012 · 12 comments

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The Last LectureThe Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” 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 question: 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. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

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{ 12 comments }

Ingrid Ricks August 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The Last Lecture is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE books! Only $1.99 today! Thanks for spotlighting it POI.

Debbie DeLucca August 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm

This is excellent.

Julie Brake Anderson August 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I have already read this and then passed it on to someone. But I never got it back and have been wanting to re-read again ever since. Can't pass up this deal!

Carol Adrian Younkin August 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks, I have been intending to read this book.

Jan Southwick September 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

I saw his last speech……everyone should….he was remarkable!!

Christy La Rosa August 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

bought it! Thanks!

Marsha Mank August 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I have been wanting a copy of "The :ast Lecture" and finally thanks to Pixel I have one. :)

Anita Lewis August 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I have soooo many books saved, waiting for me to catch up on books on hand but could not resist this at 1.99! Thanks.

Lisa-Todd Shilts September 1, 2012 at 12:22 am

It's a great book! I assume you've seen some of his lectures or videos – sad but very classy.

Cathy J Stone September 1, 2012 at 12:02 am

Thank you

Helen Collins Goracoff September 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I read this book and jst loved it.

Debbie LaMonica September 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

A wonderful piece on living life, making mistakes, having a plan, living your dreams, and rolling with the punches to the very end.

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