The Last Lecture

Have you read this book or seen the clip online?

My uncle sent me a link to a clip from the Oprah show called "The Last Lecture" on March 31.  His message to all he sent it to included the link to the clip and the words "When you have time..."  I don't know about you, but there is so much to do each day that an email with the qualifier "When you have time" means it automatically goes to the bottom of my "to do" list.

It should have been at the top.

"The Last Lecture" has been downloaded millions of times online, and for good reason. It is a lecture given by a professor at Carnegie Mellon by the name of Randy Pausch.  Pausch explains that the "last lecture" is traditionally given by a professor who is charged with deciding what he would lecture on if he knew it would be the last lecture he would ever give.  The difference with Pausch's last lecture is that he knew it really would be the final talk.  He was given only a few months to live, fighting pancreatic cancer.

The lecture became such a sensation that Pausch decided to expand upon his ideas in a book.  His focus is on life, not death, and why childhood dreams are important.  There are so many life lessons in the book; it really puts your "bad day" in perspective and brightens up your outlook on life.

I'm currently reading the book, but you may wish to check out the clips.  The first link is to the actual lecture, which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.  You may prefer to check the shorter version, as seen on Oprah, which is the second link provided.  Or you may wish to read the book.  Either way, I would recommend not waiting until you have time, but make some time to check this out.

Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.  He is survived by his wife Jai and three children.

One saying Pausch used in his book was, "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we plan  the hand."  If you have any special words you live by, feel free to share them below.


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