What follows is a shortened, reprised version of one of the most amazing talks ever. Randy Pausch, a smart, funny and fit Carnegie Mellon Professor, gave this moving presentation in September 2007. It is timeless. At the time of the video, Randy was in the prime of his life with a young family. He had been given 3 months to live (with only 2 months remaining) due to pancreatic cancer.
With great humor and grace, he talks about his childhood dreams and lessons learned, then gives advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. Randy outlasted his doctors’ predictions by several months and died in July 2008.
While taking chemotherapy and with only months left to live, this beautiful man completed a book entitled “The Last Lecture” before his death. Randy said that he did it for just three people and they will read it when they get older (his three children were still too young to read at the time).
Wow! His story makes my book project seem like a cakewalk.