Monday, February 16, 2015

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand"

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
"I am not in denial"

If I ever write a book, I hope I can make it as touching as New York Times best-seller The Last Lecture (2008) by the late Randy Pausch, an American professor of computer science who died of pancreatic cancer. In the last months before he passed aways, he put everything in order for his wife and kids, and he also gave an inspiring lecture about living and achieving your goals.

I stumbled upon Pausch's book via BuzzFeed's 26 Books That Will Change The Way You See The World listicle

(A fine little list, by the way, which alos contains Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.)

As soon as I read the accompanying description, I knew I had to read the book.

The Last Lecture

The skinny

Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch was only given 47 short years to live. Robbed from many more years of spending time with his family, watching his children grow up, teaching, and realizing his dreams, he had every right to play victim. He did exactly the opposite, though,  opting for a positive approach, documenting and sharing his wisdom with his kids and the world as a last hurrah. His No. 1 goal? Leaving behind a legacy for those who stay behind. The Last Lecture is all about living life so that you have no regrets, enjoying the little things, and chasing your childhood dreams. 

The review

The Last Lecture is not a preachy book. It's an honest and humorous guide to life, meaning and self awareness. As Pausch talks about his parents and his own childhood, his marriage, his work, and his dreams, he gives the reader plenty of valuable little messages and life lessons to cherish and learn from. 

Please do yourself a favor and check out this book or watch Pausch's "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" lecture. Amazing stuff.

The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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