The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

This book could easily be read straight through, although I do most of my reading on the train and in increments. That served me well with The Last Lecture because it gave me time to pause and think over all the little life lessons and pearls of wisdom contained in Pausch’s story. Short chapters also helped and provided for moments to stop and pause, which I needed not only to let what I read sink in but also at times just to keep composure, as I don’t carry a box of tissues with me on the train and there were points (especially in the final segment of the book, appropriately titled “Final Remarks”) when I was perilously close to needing them.

Pausch recounts learning of his terminal illness, the time leading up to the lecture and the lecture itself, which he named “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” and expounds upon in the book. Everyone is likely to take something a little different from this book

Although the advice given is very simple at times — kind of in the “everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten” vein — it’s nonetheless given with sincerity and the wisdom that comes with putting every bit of living possible into 47 short years. I’m actually kind of glad I read the book when I did … Pausch undoubtedly inspired many people during his life, I got to be near the top of the list of people who will be inspired by his words after he died.

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