The Last Lecture (Hyperion, 2008)

Although this book was released in 2008, I didn’t read it until this year.  I watched Randy’s talk via YouTube and like most who watched it was moved beyond words.  I included it below in the event you didn’t have the pleasure to watch it.  There are thousands of reviews online and over 2300 positive reviews on Amazon.  Therefore, I will save adding a book review and state, take the time and read the book but more important, take notes and apply the life lessons learned from the book.  Write in the book, write in the front cover, buy a copy for a friend or family member as a gift.  One day they will thank you!  If you listen to the audio version too, there is an interview at the end of the book that is worth the listen.

The book entitled “The Last Lecture” goes beyond the talk Randy gave at Carnegie Mellon University and dived into something that many of us ponder.  How can we leave behind not only a legacy for our family but teach them items that we want them to learn because of our experiences in life?  You can search “The Last Lecture” and find thousands of sites it quotes, summaries from each chapter, and life lessons.

Not only did I take away life lessons from a man who as he stated, packed as many years as possible into the years he lived and always lived in an upbeat manner.  But I was challenged to continue and put my thoughts, life lessons, and more into a ‘notebook’ for my family.  A goal I have is to complete it in parts and make it available for my grandchildren to read for when they are older.  I believe that too often our family never learns tremendous life lessons from parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.  In this day of information, I think it is our duty to not only leave this information for our families, but it will help them NOT repeat our mistakes, and learn from our life lessons.


“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Sam Levenson

“Smart people learn from their mistakes but real sharp ones, learn from the mistakes of others.” Brandon Mull”


“Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


The Last Lecture challenges us to ‘act’ –

He stated that because he knew the end was near, he dedicated the time to write his “Last Lecture” indicating that proverbial truth that 1. we never know if we will make it until the next day and 2. time is of the essence.  I believe that most of us have something important to leave to the next generation and it is our responsibility to do so before we leave this world.  Some will do it via books, videos, lectures, speeches, memoirs, blogs, sitting individually with people, and more.  Whatever method you select, start today.


The Last Lecture

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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