THE LAST LECTURE

20 Nov
Hyperion/HarperCollins/April 2008 Hardcover First Edition 206 pages Autobiography

Hyperion/HarperCollins – April 2008
Hardcover First Edition 206 pages
Autobiography

I read this book a couple days ago and I’m still thinking about it. Even though it was heart-wrenching, I couldn’t put it down. How does one write about death? Quite simply, one doesn’t.

“IF I DON’T SEEM AS DEPRESSED OR MOROSE AS I SHOULD BE, SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU.”

When Dr. Pausch was told that he had terminal cancer, he began to put his life in order. He moved his three children and wife near family in Virginia so they wouldn’t be alone when the time came; he gave his last lecture; wrote this book; and spent as much time as he could with his family. He lived out his truth in the few remaining months he knew he had.

“WE DON’T BEAT THE REAPER BY LIVING LONGER, WE BEAT THE REAPER BY LIVING WELL AND LIVING FULLY.”

Randy Pausch, PhD was a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he taught and gave lectures. This last lecture, about living what’s important, was recorded as a legacy for his children. This book compliments that lecture and passes on some life-lessons. In so doing, he also set-up a financial future for his family. He thought of everything except himself.

“WE CANNOT CHANGE THE CARDS WE ARE DEALT, JUST HOW WE PLAY THE GAME.”

I suppose you could say this is a tear-jerker of a read, but it will also make you smile. Pausch was just that kind of a guy.

“NEVER, EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING FUN.”

When you turn the last page, you’ll be thinking of your own life, your own truth. Don’t wait until there’s no time left. Find your truth, your passion, and live it.

Dr. Randy Pausch, PhD (1960 - July 2008)

Randy Pausch, PhD (1960 – July 2008)

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