The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture❰Reading❯ ➺ The Last Lecture Author 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 What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew 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 What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance The Last Kindle - If we had to vanish tomorrow what would we want as our legacyWhen 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 livingIn this book Randy Pausch has combined the humour 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. I sat down to write my review of “The Last Lecture” on Friday July 25th Before I started to write I decided to check Randy Pausch's website for any updates on his condition He had died that morning at the age of 47 The book and the lecture itself now take on new meaningFor those who aren't aware Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University The university has a tradition of inviting professors to give a lecture where they pretend that it is their last chance ever to talk to their students What would you say? What wisdom would you impart? What are your lessons in life? For Randy this was not a hypothetical uestion Barely a minute into the lecture he introduced “the elephant in the room” advanced pancreatic cancer that would kill him in a matter of months With this revelation out of the way he gave a talk about achieving your childhood dreams and enabling the dreams of others The lecture was so full of optimism clarity hope humour and sincerity that the YouTube video went viral and a few months later it was published as a book “The Last Lecture” contains everything that Randy covered in the lecture plus some other anecdotes and pearls of wisdom from his life and experienceLike the lecture the book is earnest and straightforward Randy tells a story then gives us the moral in case we missed it He fills his stories with humour occasionally laugh out loud What comes across most strongly is his deep love for his wife and children who he knew he would be leaving behind It's hard to read this book and not have a good impression of the author He seems like a great guy someone that you would love to have as a mentor or friend I think this is reason that the lecture was such a success; his personality makes a watcher puts stock in his words This still comes across in the book although not as strongly as in the lecture In fact without seeing him on video and hearing him speak the words reading the book can almost get a bit tiring I recall thinking on a number of occasions “Ok we know that you're a really smart guy who works really hard and never gives up you don't need to keep telling me” Some of the advice in the book especially that which goes beyond what he said in the lecture can be a bit tough to swallow For example his advice to always carry 200 in cash in your wallet; does he think that only the upper middle class are going to read this book? Similarly he often speaks of the great mentors friends and supporters that he has had through his life; not everyone goes to a university where the professors have such extensive connections to facilitate their student's careers Finally his advice to never give up “Brick walls are not there to keep us out they are there so we can show how much we want something” sometimes comes across as as sense of entitlement He never says to expect something for nothing but does imply that anything you want to achieve is possible if only you work hard enough at it Advice like this sometimes crosses the line into sappiness and glurge Fortunately these moments are fairly rare and as long as you don't read the book in a single sitting which is uite possible then you probably won't feel too overwhelmedInterestingly shortly after I watched the last lecture on YouTube a student of mine asked me a similar uestion to the topic of the last lecture What do I consider my most important lesson in life so far? It is uite a difficult uestion to answer I'm sure that I don't have the life experience to give a good enough answer but it's uite possible that this student was bright enough to recognize that and learn something from the incompleteness of my relatively uninformed response I hope that someday I can have the kind of perspective that Randy shows in the lecture and the book We need people like Randy who have a clear picture of what they have learned in life and who are willing to share it Regardless of whether you or I agree completely with his advice what shines through is that this was a man who lived his life according to principles that he believed in and that he thought others would benefit from hearing His life lecture book and his death remind me of a uote from Dr Howard Thurman Don't ask yourself what the world needs Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” Even as he lived the last few months of his life I know that Randy was truly alive My review of this book will not be popular but I must be honest I'm halfway through this book and although I appreciate a positive voice it's really not that interesting or helpful If I could sum up this book in three words they would be yay for me The author tells us how great his childhood was then that he accomplished all his childhood dreams got the girl of his dreamsetc etc etc It's really not a book how to better your own life as much as it him telling us how great his life has been Yes I realize it was born from a lecture but maybe every life achievement and event in this world doesn't necessarily need a book to be made about themHaving said all negative stuff Mr Pausch sounds like a good guy what wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? if you were gone tomorrow what would you want to be your legacy?carnegie mellon university is known for its last lecture series in which professors are invited to give a talk where they consider their demise and ruminate on what matters most to them essentially answering those very uestions randy pausch was one of those professors and this book was his last lecturei have found it rather difficult to critiue a dying mans thoughts and words to his wife and children because of the nature of this book i cant review this how i normally would with a novel so i am only left with the option of sharing how i felt after i closed the final page i will admit i have never given much thought about dying but regretfully i have never given much thought about living in most aspects i am content im healthy i have a loving family i received a wonderful education i can provide for myself i have travelled i have hobbies that make me happy what is there to life?i could be kinder i could be grateful i could complain a little less i could be patient i could reach out to others i could be curious i could set goals for myself i could be optimistic there is nothing wrong with contentment but there is also nothing wrong with seeing how we can better improve ourselves we are all works in progress and we should continually strive to be the best possible versions of ourselves living a life that inspires us daily randy pausch had months to live when he spokewrote similar thoughts about what it means to live life i dont want to wait until the end of my life to realise i never focused on the importance of really living i need to start today you know how to pick great books john↠ 45 stars While this man has a 5 star attitude I can only give the book two yeah everyone is raving about this guy Five star attitude the author gets diagnosed with terminal cancer He refers to this as an engineering problem understated and true has 3 6 months to live tops Has 3 small children ages 6 and underwho will never know him he was scheduled to give a last lecture ya know how to live your life as if you were dying irony and he writes it in such a way that it's a celebration of his life his children will know who he was and what he believed in a story of how life can throw brick walls in your way and you have a choice to stop or go around them play the cards you get dealt instead of bitching about themI applaud the great attitude he takes to enjoy the time he has left and focus on what matters But is this earth shattering? Is any of this a surprise? No doubt Randy Pausch was a nice guy But this book is smarmy self indulgent crap which is ok given the circumstances under which he gave this lecture But it is not worth readingThis is typical 1980's individualistic unreflective advise on how to succeed in life Alas Professor Pausch does not realize that he was born white male middle income in exactly the time in the 20th century where he could avoid confronting WWI WWII the depression Korea Vietnam urban riots of the 1960's the civil right movementand the women's movement because he was too young And he got to miss all of the problems of Bush 1 and Bush 2 in the middle east because he was too old and affluentSo he has the privilege and lack of social awareness to totally ignore the entire social context that provided and constructed his wonderful if unfortunately short life Thus he leaves out the advise that was most important to his success Have the pre natel intelligence to be born male at the right time in the right place to parents who are racially privileged citizens of a superpower in ascendance during a brief window of peace at a time of expanding educational opportunity for middle income working people in an expanding economy Then these individualistic platitudes if you are also very very fortunate may possibly help but then again they may notNice guy sweet sentiment save your money This is a father's love letter to his family It is beyond beautiful The Last Lecture is Randy Pausch's last hurrah a final note to the world and his family about how to live love and let go It is beautifulI think that we're all here for a reason and have stories to tell How fortunate for us all that Randy had the time and ability to tell his particular storyI recommend this book for fans of memoirs computer engineering and heart felt narratives I listened to the audiobook and it was excellentThen once I finished the book I looked up Randy's actual last lecture on YouTube Bring your kleenexes friends I think this was one of those books where knowing the criticisms before starting it ultimately upped my enjoyment factor Randy Pausch the author was one of those people who became wildly popular in 2008 thanks to the internet He was a popular professor at Carnegie Mellon and was invited to give a “last lecture” a tradition of sorts where a professor is urged to give a specially prepared lecture as though it were the last she were to ever give And so they are encouraged to break down all the knowledge learned in their lives and during their careers into one hour long presentation and say “this is the best of what I know here you go” But for Randy Pausch his Last Lecture became somewhat of a sensation because shortly before he was scheduled to give his presentation he learned that he had late stage pancreatic cancer and he only had 3 6 months left to live Throughout it all he remained very upbeat he was charismatic and his nerdy persona was infectious And so copies of the lecture spread and spread and spread over the internet and suddenly Pausch was an overnight sensation Only in America Given his shortened life span at the time of publication I can understand why the book felt so rushed There are some chapters that are little than a couple paragraphs with a random anecdote that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything And many of the longer ones appear to be run ons About halfway through the book I realized that each chapter of this book reminded me of a blog entry Then I realized that that may be some of the appeal to this generation because as a piece of literature this book is justwellno This book came highly recommended to me by my sister and my mom who love it My mother in law has read this book and also loves it And at the time I write this review 8197 4 star and 5 star reviews on GR and there are fewer than 500 ratings that are 2 stars or less so Pausch’s story has clearly touched the lives of a lot of people Since discovering this site I almost always scan some of the top vote getting reviews before starting a book Whether someone loved it or hated it I’m always curious to know why And in the case of this book since there were so many glowing reviews I found myself focusing on the negative ones if only because they appeared to be in the minority and the minority has always intrigued me Most of the complaints had to do with the fact that Pausch sucks as an author Pausch’s personality what did this guy do so differently that he actually deserved a book? the book is too preachy it’s too Hallmarky it’s too DisneySo going into the book expecting these faults I found myself focusing on what is probably the most important thing about this book Randy Pausch who isn’t alive any had three children under the age of five who may not remember that once upon a time he was their father who loved them very much And realizing that this year next year five 10 15 45 years from now his children will still have a record of who he was and what he stood for whether I agree with all of it or not is an unbelievably beautiful thing My husband was a teenager when his mother died unexpectedly and years later we still have items in our home that belonged to her a set of water color paintings she’d had since college a hand written recipe on a post it note a baby book full of hand written notes and stories and photographs Having that connection to the past is a tangible reminder not only of what was lost but of where we come from And losing a parent before their time makes that connection even powerful And so I can’t help but feel glad and happy for Randy Pausch’s children because they will grow up knowing that their dad’s life inspired so many millions of people I hope that will be a tremendous source of pride for them They can’t have their dad but the legacy he left them was the best he had to offer in the short amount of time he was given to work with The Last Lecture literally for a professor with a terminal illness Taken from a speech that he wanted to impart to his students family friends really everyone as he came to grips with his conditionThis is about as emotionally charged and spiritually powerful as you may expect the author is exploring territory that we all face but he was at the edge of existence when he put this together Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had months to live from this perspective he shares with us what is most important Read it discuss it share it I was first introduced to Mr Pausch while watching the Oprah show in the fall My father in law was in the hospital at the time fighting melanoma that had metastacized to his lungs Simply stated I stopped folding clothes and cried so hard during that show Soon after the emails began to circulate with links to the last lecture on utube and I watched every link I got and cried even I read all the internet articles and was touched every time When I saw the book was coming out I jumped on board and knew I had to read it I never knew how emotional this book would be for me The day August 15 2007 Randy Pausch got the devistating news that his cancer had spread and there was nothing the doctors could do any is the same day that we arrived at MD Anderson with my father in law knowing things were not right I came across this in the book and had to put it down for days This was just hitting too close to home for me I finally was able to pick it back up and continue This book and Mr Pausch's stories are so touching and true that we can all find something in there that will help us want to be a better person We can all find some bit of wisdom that can be carried into our lives I cried so many times reading this but I laughed several times too Anyone who has had their life touched by cancer will benefit from the optimism Mr Pausch has but it will be a very difficult read just because of the seriousness of the issues at hand Just the sheer optimism in such a negative world is very upliftingI ran across several uotes from the book that I felt were so important that I needed to use my trusty post it notes to mark them for future reference Here they are Pg 51 The brick walls are there for a reason They're not there to keep us out The brink walls are there to give us a chance to how how badly we want something Mr Pausch refers to the brick walls so many times but it is so truepg111 Time is all you have And you may find one day that you have less than you think This has been a major realization in my life this past year We thought we had so much time with my father in law And we lost him so uickly Take the time to do the things you want and never put them offpg 119 Luck is indeed where preparation meets opportunity This goes back to my old Girl Scout motto Be preparedpg148 Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted Glad to know I've gotten something And now it makes sensepg156 A lot of people want a shortcut I find the best shortcut is the long way which is basically two words work hard Wow If we could all stop taking the shortcuts and work a little harder could imagine what might happen??pg159 All you have is what you bring with you This is the chapter title and it sure says a lot

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  • Hardcover
  • 206 pages
  • The Last Lecture
  • Randy Pausch
  • English
  • 26 April 2016
  • 9781401323257