The Last Lecture

Lessons in living

Dear English language learners,

 

Sometimes you come across certain things, ideas or people, and they influence you so much that they become a part of your life. Let me share with you a book my son Hardik introduced me to a few months ago—The Last Lecture, a New York Times best-selling book co-authored by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow.

 

Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch was an American professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007. Just a month before giving the lecture, Pausch had received a prognosis that the pancreatic cancer, with which he had been diagnosed a year earlier, was terminal—he knew he was about to die. Though he was in the final days of his life, he gave a spirited lecture. He also did some push-ups on stage. What a man he was! The book The Last Lecture discusses everything he wanted his children to know after his death.

 

To my mind, his message was simple—have fun in everything you do and put your heart and soul into your work.

 

I strongly recommend that you read his book and also watch the video . Do please share with me what you learned from this experience.

 

Happy learning, happy sharing and happy living!

 

Best wishes,

Dharmendra

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