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The Last Lecture

BY RANDY PAUSCH

The Last Lecture, this book is a question in itself and the question is What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to disappear tomorrow, what world we want as our gift?

When a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, Randy Pausch 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 he gave the lecture ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’ that wasn’t about dying. The lecture was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment.

In this book, Pausch remark that people told him he looked like he was in perfect health, even though he was dying of cancer. He considers finding a happy medium between rejection and being overwhelmed. He also states that he would rather have cancer than be hit by a bus because in that case, he would not have had the time he spent with his family nor the opportunity to strengthen them for his death.

This book is both inspiring and powerful. Pausch tells life stories that illustrate such themes as dreaming big, perseverance, hard work, self-confidence, sacrifice, modesty, a positive outlook, courage, and dealing with adversity.

The Last Lecture achieved commercial success. Later it became a New York Times bestseller in 2008.

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