Randy Pausch wrote The Last Lecture to help his three very young children know, when they got old enough to wonder, what he valued in life. He had to write it before he died. He didn’t know when he would die, only that it would be soon.
Last July, two years after reading Randy’s book, I shot a short video with a challenge for you. Now, three years after Randy’s unfortunate death, his message is even more important.
In 2007, Randy Pausch, married, 3 kids six and under, Carnegie Mellon computer science professor, Disney Imagineer, and all-around good and brilliant guy, was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, the worst kind, with the lowest survival rate. Randy gave a 75-minute Last Lecture (also on You Tube), but this 10-minute version is a reprise he did on the Oprah Winfrey Show. It surprises me, still, how many people have never heard of Randy Pausch or The Last Lecture (Randy’s Book). You owe it to yourself, if you still have unfulfilled childhood dreams, to watch. You can thank me later: