The Last Lecture

You may have heard of Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who gave a lecture on realizing your childhood dreams last fall. Pausch is dying of pancreatic cancer, and this was the last lecture he gave.

I’m not normally willing to sit and watch a video for an hour and 16 minutes, but this one is so completely worth the time. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do. Because, wow. If you take even one of the lessons he teaches and apply it to your life you’ll be blessing your children indeed.

Pausch’s book, titled The Last Lecture, was published two days ago. It’s now at the top of my must-read list.

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2 Responses to “The Last Lecture”

  1. Adrienne says:

    How inspiring Randy Pausch is! If you liked “The Last Lecture”, another fantastic memoir I just read and highly recommend is “My Stroke of Insight” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Her TEDTalk video ( has been seen as many times as The Last Lecture I think, and Oprah did 4 shows on her book, so there are a lot of similarities. In My Stroke of Insight, there’s a happy ending though. It’s an incredible story! I hear they’re making it into a movie.

  2. Amy says:

    Adrienne, thanks for stopping by! I’ll have to check out the video you mention as I’ve not heard of Dr. Taylor before. I hope the movie does justice to reality.

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