Sunday, April 27, 2008

One Last Lecture

Would it surprise you to know that one of the most popular videos on YouTube has nothing to do with strange people doing stupid stuff? In fact it is a video of a college professor giving his Last Lecture. This video has probably already made its way into your emailbox, or you've heard friends or colleagues talking about it, or you might have seen Randy Pausch himself being interviewed on ABC recently.

Randy Pausch is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer last year. The video is based on a lecture series that asks the hypothetical question, "If you could give one final lecture, what words of wisdom would you leave behind?" In this video Professor Pausch discusses his childhood dreams and how he realized them.

It truly is inspirational.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."


Cheryl Lykowski said...

If you enjoyed watching this moving video then his book also titled, The Last Lecture, is a must-read. I found myself reading it with a highlighter. So many good things in it that I didn't want to forget.

Unknown said...

Hi Cheryl:

Thanks for the recommendation! I didn't even know there was a book until I saw it this weekend in a Borders Monthly email. I have added it to my summer reading list! Sounds like it might even make a great gift...

Anonymous said...

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.