What will you do if you have short time to live? is the question posted by the Author Randy on the back cover of the book. Yes, Randy is not a normal human being who lived on earth, he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer yet that didn’t let him down. He lived with positive spirits to turn the world with his great speech named “The Last Lecture”
Randy has two face one is as a parent his is so caring, his wife name is Jai, he has three children named Dylan, Logan and Chloe. Next one is as a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University he has done lots of wonders in making students to understand Virtual Reality. That’s a normal thing Professor’s or as a parent do in a day-to-day life, but How Randy is different?
Randy after diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer wanted to settle down peacefully with his wife and children to take rest. Yet , when he quit the job at Carnegie Mellon University he was asked to give “The Last Lecture” which is normally taped by the university for their records. Randy was forced to go there because his wife Birthday fell on the same day. Even then Randy felt not to lose the chance given to him so he flies to Philadelphia with his wife and delivers The Last Lecture.
Each and every person has childhood dreams and even some people might forget what they dreamed about. Randy is not a normal person he was working hard and the professional journey is so great. In this book Randy writes about his life changing experience that will change many people’s life. Initially Randy speaks about his childhood dreams and convey the he achieved it. He is a humorous person by nature, he will definitely make you to laugh at many moments. He explained how he achieved his childhood dreams in the first part and later on his book describes about how to help someone else to achieve their childhood dreams. To quote some incidences from Randy’s life, he wanted to be at Zero gravity, certainly it’s not possible if you are an outsider. When he was at college his students got the opportunity to visit but as a Professor also he was not able to go with his students so he gives up his teaching job and act as a journalist to travel with the students to stay in Zero gravity for a while. Like wise there are many stories behind his achievement (like getting a project in EA, working in Aladdin Project and students virtual reality projects etc etc).
“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Here he conveys us about how to make the class interesting and also how to help students to achieve their dreams. He personally acknowledges that there are road blocks in everyone life those are to test human beings whether they try to break it or they tend to stop at the place. Those who cross the road blocks are star performers. He advises every one to break the brick wall. He says his secret of success is his “hard work” and nothing else. He also understood how to motivate students and help students. You will get all the insights when you read his book. There are many quotes by Randy and one good theory called “Head fake”.
It’s all about leadership, life, professionalism, ambition, admiration, achievement, passion and personality. So it’s a must read for people who are in teaching profession also to people who want to achieve their dream.
I would to give a quote from his book to end this review.
“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
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