Summary:“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” (Randy Pausch)
A lot of professors give talks entitled “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…Read more.
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Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture Audio Book Summary
The Last Lecture began as a lecture to which Randy Pausch was invited as a speaker; The format of this series of lectures was that teachers, in this case, had to give a lesson as if it were the last one they had the opportunity to offer, that is, it had to be a meaningful teaching for the audience. Pausch gave perhaps the most authentic lesson of all.
Randy Pausch, a 45-year-old professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and liver tumors. One year later, the doctors evicted him by telling him that he had only a few months to live.
Randy took the opportunity to give a meaningful lecture on achieving The Dreams of Children. His main motivation was to know that he would not have time to teach his children all the life lessons he would have liked to teach them, but he had the present to send them a message that was engraved for the rest of his days and that was transcendental to his life.
How to reach the dreams of your childhood is, as its name says, the way to get what you wanted someday; To make a little trip to the past and to discover that it was what we dreamed when we were children. Pausch’s list consisted of six wishes, including being an NFL player, being Captain Kirk, being a Disney creator, and so on. In short, he was able to fulfill them all, some obviously in reduced versions.
No matter how big or impossible the dreams you raised in your childhood, because in a way they reflect an important part of your essence, the purpose of remembering them is to know that they are there waiting to become reality.
In Pausch’s book co-authored with Jeffrey Zaslow, he goes deeper into the lesson set out in the conference, which was the way to leave for his children and for all those who wanted to read it, a legacy, a message, a lesson.
The book is commonly classified as self-help, however, it is a book dealing with life itself, the experience of a man who had a wife, three children and a good job and who must suddenly be giving one last lesson To himself, to his children to the world and to make it as a farewell to life.
The Last Lecture is not a book of lamentations, of self-pity, of sadness, it is a book of the joy of living and not taking for granted what we are, but striving to be.
The first part of the book can be considered as more of catharsis for the author himself, but this should not discourage the reader, on the contrary, it gives him the opportunity to know the man behind the book and to feel empathy for its history. As you read on, the first chapters are making sense
As for the rhythm, it is in fact a book of fast reading, well written and that masterfully achieves its intention. When you finish the book and you want more, you can find your conference on DVD, or fragments of this on the Internet.