These days, most people imagine that when they succumb to the inevitable and utter what must be their "last words", they will have time for little more than a brief, faltering sentence.
This article is from The Indpendent. This article gives a bit of background on Randy Pausch and why he gave this a littl over an hour lecture to a packed lecture-hall at Carngie Mellon University on September 18th, 2007.
The article tells us that only 2 months after Pausch gave this lecture, a published version of it was available, a book, called The Last Lecture. "In a market crammed full of questionable self-help tomes, Pausch's honest and humble life lessons are expected to top bestseller lists in America and have already been translated into 18 languages." The article describes key points of the speech like "Pausch begins his "last lecture" by introducing the elephant in the room: the CAT scans of his liver, and the 10 or so tumours that are attacking it. He apologises to those who think he should be more depressed and morose" which also appear at the very beginning of the book.
"A masterpiece." --Publishers Weekly "In the beginning there was a question. Will you do my eulogy?' As is often the case with faith, I...
Have a little faith is about Albert Lewis, Mitch Albom's (author) childhood rabi, asking Albomto write and deliver his eulogy when the time came for the rabbi's funeral.The book switches back and forth between conversations between Lewis and Albom, and pieces from Albom's actual eulogy.
Have a little faith connects very well with The Last Lecture, both books are about important decisions in both Albom's and Pausch's life. Both books are personal and autobiographical. Have a little faith is about how Albom dealt with and how he executed the eulogy for his childhood rabi. While The Last Lecture is about how Pausch teaches us how to achieve our dreams while we can
Randy Pausch giving a short synopsis of this lecture from Carngie Mellon University on the Oprah Winfrey show, in which he touches on his main points from his lecture "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" This is a synopsis of his speech, but the real speech is what Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture is based off of. Randy tells in this synopsis about how his nephew got sick in his brand new car, about being either tigger or eyore, when he got 10 year, and why he wrote this speech. Which are 4 of the many things he elaborates in his book The Last Lecture.
"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 Le...
The main character is Randy Pausch, who is also the author. The book is soley based off of his lecture "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" which he gave at Carngie Mellon University. Although Randy Pausch knew he only had a few months to live, this book is far from melodramatic. The Last Lecture is all about achieving your dreams and doing what makes you happy. My favorite quote from the last lecture is when Randy says "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
I personally really liked this book, I saw a video of Randy recapping his lecture, which the book is based on and I really liked the synopsis video.The book went into further detail of the speech, each slide from his lecture was each chapter in the book. The first chapter of The Last Lecture is titled: An Injured Lion still wants to roar, in his part of the Journey lecture series the first thing Pausch talks about is how he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This book taught me that even if you have been presented with only months to live, or if you know you have your whole life ahead of you, strive to acheive the dreams you set for yourself as a child, this book taught me not to give up on my dreams and to live those dreams while I can.
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