The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

Post Graphic: The Last Lecture Book Cover

The Last Lecture is a book about living, not dying, and leaving a legacy for your family.  Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department, was diagnosed with cancer in his mid-forties.  

When he was told his cancer was terminal, he decided to leave his children a guide for the essential things in life.  He spent his days sharing with kids, loving them, teaching them, leading them, and spending time with his wife.  Not only did he leave a playbook of sorts for his family, but he left it for his students and for each one of us.

The book is broken down into bite-size 61 bite-sized chapters.  He shares his thoughts on:

  • Parenting
  • Dreams
  • Thank You Notes
  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Love
  • Persistence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Teamwork
  • Learning
  • Risk

Randy delivered his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon before a room full of students, faculty, and family…and it was recorded on video (it is worth watching).  This book is inspiring!  You will laugh, cry, reflect, and consider the legacy you want to create. 

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