The Last Lecture by Randy PauschThe Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

byRandy PauschAs told byJeffrey Zaslow

Hardcover | April 8, 2008

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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.
Randy Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon, where he was the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). He was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow. He had sabbaticals at Walt...
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Title:The Last LectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.38 × 5.62 × 1 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Reminder to Appreicate Today After going through a hard time in my life, a friend suggested this book to me. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It was uplifting and reminded me to appreciate everyday, despite the struggles I face. Life is too short.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most inspiring and enjoyable books i've read in a while. highly recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly inspirational This book is great for persons of all ages! I have read it multiple times, each time finding something different that intrigues me. Great life lessons.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Stuff In Here In short, a book about living your life. From personal to professional words of advice, the author had given his last lecture before cancer took his life and detailed how he lived. Though at times I didn't agree with the tone of the writing, I put that aside to literally highlight what he wanted to speak about in his last lecture. This can be from luck to experiences, as well as your connections and working hard. He’s experienced one of the biggest curveballs of his life, and as he said with his wife, they did not complain. Instead, they moved forward. Time can quickly reach up to us and is all we really have. And this book has taught me and can show you some things on how to live.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words cannot explain how amazing this book is I hear most people think that this book didn't "live up to the hype." This book may give what some people call "everyday" advice, but that is just what his wife, kids, and many people around the world need to hear. When my mom died I was 16 years old. I needed to hear this "everyday" advice. I had no one to encourage me to be my best. I would especially recommend this book to anyone feeling hopeless, alone, and unmotivated. Pausch will lift you up and inspire you. The months before my mom passed she promoted this book to me... knowing she could not be around to support me through the most difficult time of my life. This book still makes me tear up just thinking about it.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for everyone. I received this book when I was very young and decided to read it 7 years later..and now I regret putting it off for so long! This book takes you on an emotional journey. It really makes you step back and appreciate everything you have in your life. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A truly powerful book. Get your Kleenex ready.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Powerful!! If this book doesn't make you think, reflect and put things into priority then I doubt any book can! Very powerful!!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and uplifting! A friend recommended this to me and I went through it in a day! Such a tragic but happy story. The author left a legacy of greatness.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me cry... Not many books can make me cry, this one sure did. This book reminded me to appreciate life regardless of our circumstances.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Resiliency through Pain This book is so inspirational, highlighting a wonderful and breathtaking outlook on life during dark times. It inspired me to consider my own childhood dreams and how I have made them happen or what I can do to continue to pursue them.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story That Has Stuck With Me I found this book abandoned, on a table of free things, so I picked it up and started reading. The story this book tells has stayed with me years after reading it. I will always recommend this book to others. It is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding powerful read. This book has grasped my heart in so many different ways. While reading, I went through the stages of thinking "Wow, that's some really great advice" or "That's so honest and true" or "I could do that, that could be me!" By all means, Professor Randy Pausch is a legend. This book is his legacy, his <i>last lecture</i>. I find myself loving and hating this book as it's so very unfair to read the very last book by such an amazing person who is no longer here with us. And you know what? As I go through each chapter, I kept wishing this great man, son, brother, husband, father, friend, professor, won't die. The reality is I'm 7 years too late to even hope for any miracle! Honestly, I am completely inspired by this book. After reading it I find myself appreciating my life a bit more. Randy Pausch has not only provided us with just a last lecture, but also a life lesson to remind us how great life can be and to enjoy it even if you only have a few months left to live. Don't stress, don't complain, but live with an open heart. It's funny how I snatched this book after my sister got married and she was moving out. Ya know what? Thanks sis for paying $23.50 plus tax when this book was released! But most of all... <b>Thank you, Professor Pausch. Thank you.</b>
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is such an inspirational book. It truly teaches you all about the meaning of life, and pursuing your passion. I have read this book many times and have taken something different away from it every time. If you are lost and not sure where you want to go, or just want some clarity on the purpose of life, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional A way to move forward in a positive direction! Follow your dreams. Anything is possible
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Personal favorite nonfiction I will buy a hard copy of this book to have in my home. I will encourage everyone I know to read it. It's more than a book. It's a lifestyle outline that I admire. It may be my new bible if you will. ♡
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I thought it was a good book, worth a read to get a more upbeat perspective on life
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a MUST read... I've read many "self-help" books but Mr. Pausch's outlook and views makes these seem silly at best. This is one that I'll want to read over and over again... thumbs up!
Date published: 2012-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for everyone! Real life lessons, pleasurable & even funny at times, not depressing/heavy One of 2 books I recommend everyone read and that I could reread over & over (and plan to), the other being Tuesdays with Morrie. While the latter has a soft spot in my heart, The Last Lecture is definitely the more readable choice for most people. Despite the circumstances, don't worry - it is not depressing or heavy. It is a surprisingly delightful, pleasurable read, and even humorous at many times. Like Tuesdays with Morrie, it is not about dying, it teaches us how to live a full and happy life. It has many many valuable lessons, delivered in a non cheesy, non preaching, actually pleasurable and useful way that will stick with you. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It will have wide appeal, even to those who don't typically read nonfiction. The author seems to have been a brilliant, witty, fun, loving, honest man, a bit of a kid at heart, who would have been a honour to have known. I plan to reread this regularly to remind myself of his lessons. I'm about due for a read...
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Follow Your Dreams I loved loved loved this book! Randy's words are so inspiring and I think they actually made me cry..more than once. I even put my favourite quotes from the book into my iPod so I have easy access to them! I've already read this book for a second time, and I'll definitely be reading it again. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who might be going through a rough time. This book really shows the importance of following your dreams and that anything is possible. Pick up this book - you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Life Well Written The Last Lecture was a book that outlined Randy Pausch’s life. It was an enjoyable book to read. It didn’t show his life from start to finish, but showed more of the parts that mattered as they came up. The cover was designed to look like an older book, with a rocket ship and stars. It was written in Pausch’s point of view, and showed his thoughts and opinions during and after events in his life occurred. Most people would read the title and think of this book very differently than someone who has read it. They would assume it was a book about his academic achievements when it was really about how he made his life the way he wanted it to be. The book is named after a Last Lecture that Pausch gave before he died of cancer; he had ten tumors in his liver. Most scholars give this lecture about where they went wrong and how to avoid making the same mistakes, but he instead gave it about living your life and fulfilling your childhood dreams, like he did. He chose to give this lecture because his children at the time were at too young an age to actually have any real memories of his when they grew up, so knowing that the lecture would be recorded, he gave it hoping that later in life his children would watch it and know who their father was. The book flipped between moments in the lecture and moments of his life. It didn’t give the dates of when events occurred that often, but it did tell the reader more details about what happened. The book gives you a lot of detail about Pausch’s wedding, how they left in a hot air balloon and almost got hit by a train, but it doesn’t have a date for when it happened. The book also tells you how Pausch handled being diagnosed with cancer and how he prepared his family for his death. This book tells how Pausch managed to achieve all his childhood dreams, and how he helped others achieve theirs. It tells how much he cared for his family and all the little things he did in life, like painting on his walls as a kid. His childhood dreams didn’t have a lot in common with each other, but he managed to accomplish them all. Not a lot of people would expect to write an article for the World Book Encyclopedia and be in zero-gravity. This book informally took you through his life, making it more interesting then it would have been if it had been written like a biography or autobiography. It had lots of humor along with some more serious and sad moments. It shows the kind of person Pausch was very well. It has a more carefree tone then would be expected from a book about a person who was fairly academic. For a shorter book then most, it still took a few days to read. You have to read at a pace that allows you to understand every detail, since you get too wrapped up in reading about his life that you don’t want to miss any details. By the end of it, you really wish that Pausch won't die. Overall it was a very enjoyable book to read. It could be considered inspiring to some people, those with cancer who are determined to live, or those with dreams that others considered impossible to accomplish. I would recommend it to other people who are looking to read about an amazingly well lived life, especially those who want to know more about how to accomplish their childhood dreams, or those dealing with a family member who has cancer.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching This book has humor but it also has depth. It is an easy read but I would not say it was light. It was heavy on the emotions but had an overall uplifting and wonderful message.
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very moving book It was very well written - easy to read however that part is totally secondary to the message from the author. His thoughts while he faces his own death are ones that each of us should use in our lives now. Don't wait until we're trying to say goodbye. I'll be purchasing more copies to give to friends/family. The minute I was done, I went on the last lecture website as I wasn't ready to let it go yet.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pausch has a way with words Although I have not read or heard many lectures, I think this one will stick with me for a very long time. Randy Pausch has a way with words, getting his point across, and making it matter. Great until the very last page.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational This is a memorable and inspirational book that I recommend to anyone. It is not a book about dealing with cancer (as some people may think). It is about living a fulfilling life and remembering what is truly important. Basically, the lecture and the book are Pausch's words of wisdom - things he has been taught over his life from his experiences and his mentors that he wanted to pass on before he died. This would be a great book to give as a gift (even to someone that doesn't read often - it is only around 200 pgs). It definitely puts life into perspective. Pausch wanted to leave something behind for his young children to remember him by and he has definitely achieved that goal. He was an amazing person and his children are very lucky to have had a father like him....even if it was only for a short time. If you haven't seen the lecture I would recommend watching it first.
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Read I would recommend this book to anyone, especially when you’re having a bad day. It is funny, sad and inspirational all in one. It is the story of one man’s life and some of the lessons that he has learned along the way. This book is about real life!
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Good Thing About Cancer I had heard good things about this book. As an oncology nurse, I am a realist. As the wife of a cancer survivor, I’m an optimist. But I also know the reality of how this disease can affect every part of a person’s life. I was afraid this book was going to be morose and melancholy. But it was surprisingly upbeat and funny. Randy Pausch gives a lecture, which is basically his memoirs. He knows he has terminal Pancreatic cancer and takes this opportunity to say good bye. He says it was about Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, but it was really about him reliving his life in a form that could be passed on to his young children, who would have very few memories of him. I can relate to that as well, since my father died when I was three. I would love to have had something that he had written, or more pictures, or even videotape so I could hear his voice and see how he carried himself. Cancer is a horrible illness, but it has one thing over sudden death. It usually gives you time to say what you need to say. That’s the only good thing about cancer. Some people don’t take the opportunity, but it’s there nonetheless. I’ve seen people die who are still in denial about the severity of their illness. For all their denial, they still die, but with unfinished business. I’ve also seen “good” deaths. Those where they’ve said their goodbyes, given their advice, gotten their affairs in order, left a legacy, and asked their family members to let them go. A good death is as much a blessing as a good life. This book has made me laugh and cry, and look again at the big picture. I’ve liked working with oncology patients because I’ve always found them to be “real”. They’ve dealt with, or are working through the big issues of life, and what’s bigger than facing your mortality and considering eternity? In all my years of nursing, I’ve only cried at three deaths, all of them young men. I only now make the connection with my father, who died when he was 28. But I digress. This book is not so much about dying, although he does talk about it, as it is about living, and appreciating the time you’re given. To use a cliché, “Every day is a gift. That’s why it’s called the Present.”
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration at its best A beautiful inspirational book about one man's philosophy: how to live life to its fullest and not give up on your dreams - a message for his children, and the world. A fresh look at what's important in life delivered with humor and wit. Something to motivate you; get you to look back at your own life - and look forward to what lies ahead. What more can be said? Brilliant.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT! What an amazing life story, almost hard to imagine he had accomplished all that he did in such a short time. Immediately after i finished reading this i went to You Tube to watch the live lecture. i watched all 1 hr 15 mins of it, and am so glad i did. It didnt get into his family life so much, but certainly put a bit of humourous spin on things. His children will be so proud to have somoene like that to have called there father.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insipiring An excellent memoir. Witty, sad, exciting and passionate. The short chapters leave you always making excuses to continue reading and you'll find you've finished this short-book long before you wanted to.
Date published: 2008-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I feel bad for the low rating............... After hearing about Randy Pausch on Oprah and from the aclaimed reviews about his last lecture, i purchased the book to see what all the hype was about. There is a great message and a great legacy to leave behind for his children, however i found that it felt more like a resume more than a message on how one should live life etc. There were some parts that made me cry but that was only due to his unfortunate disease and the fact that he's leaving behind a family & friends who truly love him immensely. He's a brilliant man and b/c of his high intellect and determination he was able to achieve what he achieved in his lifetime. The lifelong lessons he states in his book is nothing we haven't heard before. I guess my expectations of this book were a lot higher and therefore was disappointed.
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! What an inspiring account of life. Randy Pausch does not write of dying, but rather living, and living well. His points on how to use time efficiently are inspiring; for a housewife like me, my list of things to do would not be "detailable" as his being a busy professor are, but certainly there is a lot of good and "importance" to be placed on my to-do list. I reviewed his videos as well (thelastlecture.com) and then on to Youtube to hear his various interviews and again got inspired. Wow! How to be an optimist! Amazing...
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Last Lecture Randy Pausch lived his life the way he wanted to and trusted himself that his decisions were correct. "The Last Lecture" gives us a look into his life and how he thought he could find joy and satisfaction in life even though faced with death. In his soul searching about life and about leaving a legacy for his three children he decided to give a last lecture to a live audience and then he expanded the last lecture and turned it into a book. The book does make you look at your life and ponder about living life to its fullest and it makes you think about the priorities in your own existence. Randy Pausch was obviously an highly intelligent person who had great parents and later found a great wife and had three great children, but then he got cancer. His whole life was centered in the academic world of teaching and always learning and he thrived on it. I applaud his life and his dedication to sharing with others what he learned about life and what he thought was the correct way to live life, but I found myself thinking numerous times that he seemed arrogant and that the general theme of the book was that you could get anything in life if you really wanted it. I guess that is the irony in the book, Randy always got what he wanted in life, but in the end all he wanted was more life, but being mortal like all of us he could not get what he wanted.
Date published: 2008-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth reading!!! This book had great life lessons to learn about and live by. I can see myself picking this book up in the future and ensuring that im following these life lessons. A very inspirational read, I would recommend this to anyone of any age.
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Optimistic.. definitely worth to read This book has really made me think of things that I could change, for a man with terminal cancer, he sure is one of the most optimistic man in the world. It makes me think being healthy, I sure learn from him and stop complaining about things.
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! I absolutely love this book! Randy Pausch was an inspiring individual. He left his children quite the legacy. I cried, I laughed. He handled his life and death with such dignity. Everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Despite it's subject matter which is bascially the last words of a man to his friends, family, collegues and students this book is not in any way shape or form depressing or maudlin. Randy's rather matter of fact approach to his illness should be inspiring to everyone who is going through any kind of crisis whether it be financial, medical or relationshipwise and encourage those of us who are waffling about in life to get a move on and achieve those childhood dreams.
Date published: 2008-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bittersweet Bits of Wisdom Randy Pausch shares his knowledge and life lessons as an American university professor suffering from pancreatic cancer, lecturing his students, (technically, for the last time) in a collection of moralistic fables; telling stories of his childhood, successes and failures, mentors and heroes. He keeps his main goal in sight throughout the book; that of leaving a legacy of wit and wisdom for his three children and wife. It's poignant, I didn't agree with all his ideas, but it pulls a little moisture from your eyes as you get to the last chapter, knowing he tragically passed away this summer. There isn't any doubt that he loved his family. They can be proud of him for this book.
Date published: 2008-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My condolences This book is all about one man's unfortunate early death. It hardly provides an example for others to follow, let alone life changing inspiration. Try Robin Sharma's "Who Will Cry When You Die?" is full of gentle suggestions and inspirations.
Date published: 2008-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE inspirational story By far, the best read I've ever had. It really magnifies his life, but not in a way to boast about his many accomplishments and success, rather to show us his own formula of going about attaining these dreams and aspirations. A successful formula to say the least. One of the reviews I read made a comment that had, throughout the reading, stuck with me (and kept my emotions from taking over me): He doesn't encourage you to feel sorry for him and his misfortune, not once. Instead, he wields his misfortune as a reminder, an inspiration for us to not let life slip away because of a problem, big or small. I've taken away a lot from his book, but most all I've become more aware of so many ideas and ways to view my life in the midst of this world; A quote in particular: "Brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something."
Date published: 2008-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blew Me away I read this book because it was a HUGE sellar and with his recent death, I wanted some more product knowledge on this book...it blew me away...I recommend to EVERYONE!
Date published: 2008-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me rethink my life I really enjoyed the book - it made me rethink about how I live my life and what type of legacy I want to leave behind
Date published: 2008-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Meaning of Life Like all great people, Randy Pausch was a better person than any written text will ever represent. In my many College and University experiences I have had the privilege to listen to a few last lectures from my favorite professors in the past. All have been moving, all have inspired. But this "Last Lecture" is something different altogether. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006 and was given only several months to live, which makes his message all the more inspiring. Pausch gave his last lecture in Sept of 2007 and died July 2008. As for Pausch's words, they will uplift you, they will inspire you to get your priorities straight and accomplish those life goals that you've always planned to do but always found excuses to avoid. Though similar in message to the recent movie "The Bucket List", I think Pausch's message is much more immediate. Why wait until you know you're dying, go do it now. What really comes across in the text and even more so having watched his lectures online, is that Pausch was a guy that really got it. He loved being alive and he truly believed that he was blessed to be on this earth. Get this book for a friend or loved one that is going through some hardship, guaranteed they will feel better about themselves afterwards.
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must-Read. I read this book in one evening, and even a couple of days later, I am having a difficult time putting my response into words beyond "please read this book". A brilliant man in the prime of his life, with three young kids and a wife he's crazy about, is in the business of helping students fulfill their potential and make their dreams come true. And then he finds out that his cancer that he'd thought he'd beaten has spread to his liver and he had three to six months to live. This story sounds like it really should be a downer, and yet because it's the voice of Randy Pausch, who chose to be a Tigger instead of an Eeyore, it isn't. Watch his last lecture, and then read this book -- and then live a better life because you've done both. It will change the way you view every aspect of your life. Thank you, Randy.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Moving Tribute to Family I watched Randy Pausch's last lecture on youtube and enjoyed it immensely. He had so much warmth and humor and such a positive attitude. I didn't know if the book would be just a rehash of the lecture, but thought I'd give it a try. The book is so much more, and they definitely work well together. I highly recommend you watch the lecture then read the book. Randy said somewhere that people were only listening to him because he was in his 40s, had a wife and young children, and was dying of a terminal disease. That may be true for the millions of us who didn't know him. But for the people in his life, his students, they had been listening to him for quite a while. What he says isn't remarkable but it is moving and a good lesson. It is about family and respect and enjoying the moment and brick walls. Brick walls in your life and how to get over them. His last brick wall was cancer - and getting over it wasn't surviving but figuring out how to live his last days well. He has given his children a wonderful gift to treasure and I was sad to hear of his death. This is a book I will read again, just to remind me and give me some perspective.
Date published: 2008-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I very rarely read a book more than once but this will definitely be the one! I enjoyed the way the book was put together but most of all, Randy Pausch made me nod my head and say "he is so right!" I love his take on life and my heart goes out to his wife and children as he lost his battle with cancer this week.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong and Moving This is such a book of strength! Randy Pausch injects his spirit into this piece and that will live on as a gift to his family, students and friends.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I read "The Last Lecture" about a month ago and it had a huge impact on me. It put alot of things in my life into perspective, especially how you should make everyday count. I believe everyone should read this novel. I could not put it down! Randy Pausch is an incredible man and I am truly grateful for reading his book, he has helped me view life in whole different way!
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!! Randy's book is truly inspirational. This book shows you how to live your dreams and never give up. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2008-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An intriguing defining of meaning in life and death Pausch's book was very good. I very much appreciated his honest reflections on what his life has meant and means, both to himself and to those who know him. I think he challenges us to put our life's goals and ambitions in perspective. Many of his observations on life are fairly obvious and hardly earthshaking, but never what I would call trite. And most of the points are ones we need reminding of anyway. A good honest reflection well worth the read.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful insight to family life I found this book intriging and an easy read. He is a very inspiring man on family life and what is truly important. Every young parent should read this book.
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Randy for this amazing book I am grateful to know that there's a teacher/professor out there like Randy, and I wish this book would inspire everyone to treasure life to all want to be good students and teachers in their individual journey. Randy's last lecture is about Childhood dreams; I admire his courage to dream and to take action into fulfilling them. All the anecdotes and episodes he shared at the second half of the book was inspiring and encouraging. I am so touched that he could risk his getting tenure to stand up for his student; he taught his students about teamwork, hard work, right attitude and honesty, rather than solely minding the "technical knowledge"; he taught every readers of this book the courage to treasure our lives and live it meaningfully. Everyone would one day say goodbye to this thing called life, but the world definitely has been a better place with Randy here. Thank you.
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking. For the sheer context of this book alone, a 5 out of 5 is more than warranted. But Randy Pausch would not find that acceptable. So, I'm going to tell you why this book is brilliant regardless of the fact that Randy is dying of terminal cancer. This man embodied all that is good about life even before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His approach to optimism, positive living, equality, fairness, hard work, etc. etc., are the essentials to any good natured soul. His love for his children, his wife, and being alive is so great, that I can actually feel it in the words he writes. But the most prominent aspect of this book in my opinion, is that Randy never categorizes himself as special. He never elevates himself above anybody else, nor does he make the reader feel obligated to take his advice as biblical fact. Randy never asks you to feel sorry for him, or feel depressed because of his terrible disease, instead he invites you along on the journey of his life, and all that he cherished within it. He never says "I wish", or "I regret". He never makes you feel uncomfortable or depressed about what he will never experience. Instead, he challenges you to live each second you have like it is your last, and to embrace all that is good about your life, regardless the terrible hand you may be dealt. Randy does not make himself out to be a hero, or a saint. He just wants you to understand how precious life really is, and how good things are even though you may think of them as bad. Not once are you going to say: "those poor children, what will they do without their father?" or "how is his wife going to go on after he dies?" Its the complete opposite. His disease is not an excuse, and he refuses to make it one. I commend Randy Pausch for this incredible display of heartfelt sentiments, but more so, I thank Randy. I thank him for taking precious moments out of his life, for us to hear his story. Moments that he could have spent with his children, he chose to tell a story for all of our benefit. If you do nothing else, just go online and watch his lecture. I think the minutes you take to do that validate the minutes he chose to spend on making this testament. Thank you Randy.
Date published: 2008-05-08