The Last Lecture

Professor Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose “last lecture” on life’s lessons touched millions around the world died on 25 July 2008.  He was 47.  Randy Pausch was dying of pancreatic cancer when he delivered a deeply moving talk on achieving your childhood dreams to a packed lecture hall in September last year.  His lecture became an internet sensation and a best selling book.  The actual lecture is slightly over an hour long but here is a gist of it when Randy Pausch appeared on Oprah – totally worth watching.  Makes you re-think how you’ve been living your life.  


6 thoughts on “The Last Lecture”

  1. awesome lecture. what a great man. i would say that having good parents had put him in good stead and taught him love and many life lessons. he had a wonderful albeit short life.

    1. Yup, you can find the actual lecture on youtube 🙂 On a not so related note, I’ve just come to realise that being a parent sucks. Especially when you see your child running towards the edge of a cliff and there’s nothing you can do. Sigh .. long story, will maybe blog about it one day.

  2. i disagree. there will be rough moments and there will be moments when you wished you hadn’t had kids but children makes life more interesting. and they make me a better person with richer life experiences. just like marriage. there are times you just wanna kill your husband but then he turns around and do something sweet.

    1. You’re right, everything has its ups and downs. But have been doing some surrogate parenting the last couple of weeks and I don’t remember feeling so hopeless before. Parenting is so complex!!

  3. I was telling Eunice that when I’m ready then I’ll watch this clip cos it’s gonna be tough not to have my throat get stuck. It did …and a couple of times. I’d be sharing this with my friends via my blog as well and also for me to watch it time and again to remind myself and get re-inspired again. Thanks for sharing this clip 🙂

    1. In the actual lecture he gave, it was super hard to watch his wife come up to hug him at the end. I mean, she was obviously proud of him but then knowing that he was going to die. Man, that’s tough.

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