Have you ever heard of Randy Pausch?

He was a professor of computer science, who in September 2006 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – actually, he was given only 3 to 6 months of good health.

Having got this news, he decided to give one last lecture in September 2007, which he called “Last Lecture – Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams“. However, the lecture is not just about childhood dreams, it is mostly about living a good and full life!

So, one day my brother sent to me a link to the shorter version of his lecture (you can find it below), which I listened to, and because it was so inspiring and positive, I listened to the full one in the same evening… and then I also read his book!

I admit that I was not aware of Randy before I heard his lecture, but since I did, I feel so grateful for people like him. He is such an inspiration for the rest of us who struggle with everyday life – he knew he had only less than a year to live, and he continued to live it to the fullest!

Here, I attach some of his quotes, so you get an idea of his Last Lecture and whether it is something for you.
* We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
* Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
* Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
* The brick walls (he was talking about life’s blockages) are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Below you can find the full lecture (about 1h 15m):

He then reproduced his famous lecture and condensed it to a shorter version (about 10 minutes) – great for the ones who don’t have much free time:

I totally recommend listening to one of them at least!

Yes, Randy also wrote a book about his last lecture. It is an easy read and as inspiring as his last lecture – find it below from my affiliate Amazon link:
Randy Pausch – Last Lecture (book)

Hope you enjoy and get as much inspiration as I get from Randy 🙂