Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

In this video, Randy Pausch asks; If you had one final chance to say something to the world what would it be?

If you had to give a lecture to the people who look up to you, what would you say to them?

This may seem like a strange questions but, for Professor Randy Pausch, this was not a hypothetical.

Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had months to live.

There was nothing he could do. All options had been explored and had been unsuccessful. Although he continued to pursue medical treatment he was aware the the most likely outcome was his own death.

However, in his own words:

“I can’t control the cards I’m dealt, just I play the hand”

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

In his last lecture, Randy Pausch talks about his childhood dreams. The dreams that he did achieve and maybe more importantly the dreams he didn’t achieve.

By taking us through his successes and failures, Randy Pausch shows us that there are lessons to be learned from every experience. He even collected all of his rejection letters from his many attempts to become a disney imagineer.

Who is Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Randy Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

Remember, life is short. What do you want to say in your own last lecture? Make it something memorable and live your dreams.

Recommended Reading:

The Last LectureRandy Pausch Last Lecture
Time Management: Getting Things Done and Goal SettingRandy Pausch Getting Things Done

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