The Last Lecture

“Better to fail spectacularly than do something mediocre.”

Randy Pausch

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. If you go to my facebook info page, you’ll even see it there.

If you are feeling like your life is in a bit of a tail-spin or things aren’t quite going like you planned or you just want to have a little help in putting things into perspective, I strongly encourage you to read Randy Paush’s  The Last Lecture.

I loved this book the first time I read it and I love it still. It just is one of those books that stays in your heart and head long after you’ve read it.

Randy was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University.  In the fall of 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and in August 2007 he received the news that it was terminal. That September he delivered a lecture at the college entitled  “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The lecture went on to become a  popular YouTube video and led to him co-authoring the book, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died in July 2008.

But what he left behind is a legacy for his family and for  those who take the time to read his words. If you need a little heart-lift, sit down with this great book and give it a read.

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