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The Last Lecture

Author : Randy Pausch

Genre : Inspirational

Some professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture” as they consider what matters most to them. When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The treatments hadn’t worked. I had months to live. The lecture he gave—”Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”—wasn’t about dying. It was about living: the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because you may find out one day that you have less than you think). It was a culmination of everything he had come to believe.

This book was a way for him to continue what he began on stage. And teach his children what he would have taught them over the next twenty years. None of this was a replacement for a living parent of three children. But engineering isn’t about perfect solutions; it’s about doing the best you can with limited resources. Both the lecture and this book are his attempts to do exactly that.

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