Millions have downloaded and viewed the video of
Randy Pausch's Last Lecture since December. I didn't
first hear about it and him until late July when he
For those of you who aren't familiar with Pausch and
his story, he was a popular computer science professor.
He was invited to speak at a lecture series called
'Journeys' at Carnegie Mellon, where he taught. The
idea behind the series was for professors to talk to
their students about something that is personally
important to them and to do so as if they were giving
their last lecture. When listening to Pausch's delivery,
you quickly learn this was his reality. He had just been
given a short amount of time to live. His focus was not,
however, on his diagnosis. Instead, he spoke on,
"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams".
I finally took the opportunity to sit down and listen
to his much talked about last lecture, and I'm so glad I
did. If you have seen it, I'd love to hear what you
thought of it. If not, I hope you too can take the time
to check it out. It's 76 minutes long -- something you
may need to set the time aside for. Whatever you do, if
you start it, finish it. The last fifteen or twenty minutes,
and even the last two minutes, are the best. But you have
to hear the whole thing to appreciate their power.