I regret to report that Professor Randy Pausch who gave the famous “Last Lecture” has lost his battle to cancer.
For those of you who are not familiar with Randy, he was a Carnegie Mellon computer-sciences professor who, in September 2007, gave a lecture entitled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams“. This lecture was part of the “Last Lecture” series in which professors imagine they’re giving their final lecture before dying. However unlike all the others professors before him, he was the first to give the speech after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. He was dying of pancreatic cancer.
Despite the potential for the lecture to be morbid and preachy, it was just the opposite. He tricked the audience into learning an invaluable lesson by entertaining them with his real life experiences, contagious smile and sense of humor.
Live your life the “right” way and karma will take care of the rest.
Maybe it isn’t “karma” for you… maybe you believe in something else… BUT the point doesn’t change.
Anyway, his lecture was amazing as was his message and I can honestly say that his words have changed me – dramatically. And I recommend that everybody watch his lecture or read his book. You, too, will be a better person for it.