The Last Lecture

If a friend asked me what one book,movie or video they should watch before anything else in life, it would be ,without a doubt, The Last Lecture.

A few months ago, CNN ran a story about a fellow by the name of Randy Pausch, a professor from Carnegie Mellon University.

 Randy was an amazing man.

 An excerpt from his site details just some of his professional achievements : “He was an award-winning teacher and researcher, and worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the non-profit Alice project. (Alice is an innovative 3-D environment that teaches programming to young people via storytelling and interactive game-playing.) “

He was also a father to three beautiful children and husband to a wonderful wife.  Sounds accomplished, so what makes Randy so “special” ?

Randy fulfilled nearly all his childhood and adult dreams. I say nearly, because pancreatic cancer took Randys life before he could see his children grown and married and fulfilling their dreams. He died July 28th, 2008.

Randy was special because he had a distinct ability to mentor and inspire others to reach their dreams and achieve personal greatness- not an easy task. His last lecture was given September 18th, 2007. before a packed auditorium of students, colleagues and friends, and  has become a world wide sensation, viewed millions of times on YouTube. It has also been made into a book.

The lecture was blunt, starkly open, and incredibly inspiring. He started it with films of xrays showing the cancers progression throughout his body, and  briefly, he bluntly talked about the reality he was facing – death. The theme however was upbeat -” Really achieving Your childhood Dreams”. Intended for his children, he was overwhelmed by the impact that last lecture had on the millions of people, young and old, that viewed it before he died.

Much value can be found in this video. I can’t say any more about it, other than you should watch it, and if you have kids, watch it with them.Read the blog he kept throughout his treatments. This one was man who truly knew the power of a dream, and enabling others to follow theirs.

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