The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – A Lecture from the Heart to Whom He Loves

Given Randy Pausch’s medical condition, it is astonishing that he is able to publish a book (with the help of Jeffrey Zaslow).  Randy delivered the now famous “Last Lecture” last September when he was told to have only a few months to live.  A while back, I wrote a brief summary on his “Last Lecture” and if you like what you read, this little book (206 pages, 61 chapters, paperback) will certainly inspire.

In my previous blog entry, I have covered Randy Pausch’s background, his positive outlook, and how inspiring he is.  Hence, I won’t repeat myself here.  The objective of the book is exactly the same as the objective of his lecture as seen in the video linked in my last entry.

“The Last Lecture” is organized in six sections and it is far from being a depressing book to read.  In the first section, Randy Pausch touches onto his medical condition, how he and his family is coping with his aggressive cancer treatment, and why he is doing this – the lecture and now this book.

In the second section “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, Randy shares with us what some of his wild childhood dreams are and how he really went all out to achieve them.  Some he has attained, some he hasn’t.  It is inspiring to read how a goal focused person he is and how he walks the talk of brick walls are there to proof how badly we want things.

The section “Adventures and Lessons Learnt” probably contains the highest dosage of heart warming moments – a section dedicated to his mentor, his love story with his wife Jai, his and his sister’s children.

In one of John C. Maxwell’s seminar I have attended, his vision of the highest order of success is to make others to be more successful.  Here in Randy Pausch’s book, he has devoted a section on how to enable the dreams of others.  This section may cause you to reflect upon the things that you do and the person you think you are.

30 topics are packed in the second last section “It’ About How You Live Your Life” and they are a lot to be absorbed in the first read.  You may become a better person who constantly show gratitude and always tell the truth; you may take on a new attitude towards your job; you may even want to be the ‘first penguin’ who dares to head for the potential ‘glorious failure’.

This entire book is by and large kept to a tone of positivity and optimism.  To keep it real, you will also get to read about the emotional vulnerable side of Randy and his wife Jai.  The short final section “Final Remarks” is probably one that fills with heartfelt moments and to remind us that there is a bigger picture in life out there, at times beyond us.

I can imagine some readers may find his ideas too hard to achieve.  But here is my observation: You will get to read how he lives what he writes and from within his book, how the people around him succeed in doing so.  My question is: If other can, why can’t you?  The journey to achieving your dream is not going to be easy.  That’s why we have to work hard for it.

Related blog entry: Last Lecture of Randy Pausch – How to Live Your Life


9 responses to “The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – A Lecture from the Heart to Whom He Loves”

  1. Darkspore – Yes, same here. His positive outlook to life is simply amazing. It is really nothing wrong with being positive while fully understanding the situation around us.

  2. I am going to Harris to browse through this tomorrow. Do you buy most of the books you read/review, my well read friend? =)
    If yes, I reckon you have an amazing personal library by now.

  3. wow… it must be touching and inspiring…

    yes, achieving one’s dream is always a very hard decision. It involves a lot of enthusiasm as well as fear… When I just ‘convinced’ myself that now is not the right time to achive my own dream, I bought a book called ‘Inspired Marketing’ yesterday hoping to help me do a better job at my current work… Who knows? It seems to support my dream instead my job… Then your blog comes… oh no… Are those signs from God? *so confused*

  4. Ivy – You are also well read too, it seems from your blog site 🙂

    This particular book, I bought.

    These days I try to borrow the fiction books from the library if I can because I am running out of space at home. As for non-fiction books, at times I buy, at times I have other sources.

  5. Lora – Hey, don’t need to get confused. I can lend this book to you the next time we met. It is a rather short book and you can finish it quite easily within 2 to 4 hours 🙂

    I think we all should pursue our dreams today, and not wait till tomorrow.

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