Achieving Your Dreams

What would I do if I die today at age 47?

When I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University to earn my Master’s of Science degree, I heard this inspirational lecture made by one of the tenured computer science professors Randy Pausch. Our life looks lasting forever, but the reality is no such thing. I was much younger at that time, but now I am the same age when he died, at age 47. What would I leave my last words for my family if I die today?

Only a few months to live

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the terminal stage. He had only a few months to live with his wife and their three young children. I can only imagine how terrifying and confusing it must be, but he inspired me and has kept inspiring me since then. This became one of my favorite lectures in my life at Carnegie Mellon University even though I didn’t have a chance to listen to his lecture on that day, and I believe it will be a book for you that can inspire you while making you laugh or cry, or perhaps both.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” –Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture Hardcover – Collector’s Edition, April 1, 2008

The lecture for the future for anybody

This was made for his students and his fellow scholars during his lecture. However, his true intention is that he did this lecture for his children: a lecture on achieving one’s childhood dreams,


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