Inspiring

May 23, 2008 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

I was searching for books on leadership for a small group of us here at work to read and discuss. As I was looking through the pages of options on Amazon (I Love Amazon! Wish List and Recommendations are some of the best features seen yet! Not so sure about the Kindle. Why not just sell me a PDF file of a book instead?) Anyway I digress. I came across this book called The Last Lecture. In researching it I found the website and a link to a talk that was the basis for the book.

Randy Pausch is a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University specializing in Virtual Reality. On September 18, 2007 he gave a talk to 400 people at Carnegie Mellon. at the time he has just been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and was given 3 – 6 months of relative health before he would die. The premise for his talk was The Last Lecture.

From The Last Lecture Book Website:

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

Here is the video of his 1 hour and 15 minutes talk. I have to tell you this is one of the most inspiring things I have seen or heard in a long time!

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