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Last Lecture

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. It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

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2008 Sep 29
Comment by Alicia

Randy Pausch was a brave man. He teaches you to live life to it's fullest. That even when you are dying that the world is still worth living. When he was LITTERLY seconds from death his best friend and godfather of his children asked him "What do you think heaven's like" Randy said. "I'll get back to you on that." Live life to it's fullest. What good does it to cry and scream when you are told you are going to die. And nothing will work to save you. That is what this book is about and how Randy lived his life.