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User:The Hybrid/SPBox The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
Professors are often asked to give a last lecture, a lecture ruminating on their lives, their choices, and ultimately, their imminent deaths. Randy Pausch needed no imagination. Suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, He was due to die within six months. He was given this grim forecast in August 2007. You do the math. It has been 4 months since Pausch “should’ve” died. Against all odds, he is still holding on.
Ever the optimist, Pausch decided to give a talk, a “Last Lecture” of his own. Due to die, Pausch still took the time to prepare, and deliver this final speech. It was obviously of great importance to him, and it has garnered much critical acclaim, receiving over 2 million hits on Youtube, and spawning a book that has become an international best seller. At time of last check, it was the 3rd best selling book on Amazon.
Titled “Really achieving your childhood dreams, this lecture was unsurprisingly, one of dreams, one of hope, and foremost, one of inspiration. In spite of everything, Pausch quickly learned to live the remainder of his life to the fullest. He wasn’t going to live the rest of his life thinking of what could have been. Rather, Pausch adopted a mentality of opportunity. At every chance he has, he tries to create memorable moments that his 3 young children will treasure, even in his absence.
Above all, he wants to leave his children a legacy to remember him by. Being able to foresee his death, Pausch has learned to live in every moment.
The Last Lecture is no ordinary book. It is in all ways, so much more than that. It is a volume of hope, a tribute to a life of merit, a codex of dreams.
“It’s not the cards you’re deal.Its how you play the hand” –Randy Pausch