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The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

Published: 2014-05-13
Hardcover : 352 pages
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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 ...
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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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by kimhalti (see profile) 10/03/12
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by mamabearreads (see profile) 06/23/16

 
  "OK"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 11/20/12

Honestly, not really sure how I feel about this book. I liked some of the advice given on how to live a full life but felt the majority of it was rather redundant.

I do believe that i

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  "The Last Lecture"by kimhalti (see profile) 10/03/12

This book is inspirational and makes for great discussion. It's also a quick read.

 
  "The Last Lecture"by Tillie (see profile) 09/22/12

This book was so inspirational. Randy Pausch lived his life with such joy. He found a way to make his last days meaningful. His ability to live with a fatal diagnosis with gratitude (thankful that he... (read more)

 
  "Pretty Good, not Great"by leschukm (see profile) 12/12/11

I liked the Last Lecture and about half of Randy's lessons but did find some of the book to be preachy. I think it would bring about a lot of discussion in a book club though.

 
  "Definitely a lesson in life"by char3200 (see profile) 11/17/11

This is such a tender story. It makes you stop and take a look at how you'd like to raise your own children and to live your life to the fullest.

 
  "The Last Lecture"by amieo (see profile) 03/22/11

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