I spent a good part of today evening listening to Randy Pausch- Really Achieving your child hood dreams. I came across this extraordinary speech in the most unexpected of ways. I was listening to one of the recorded lectures of my MBA finance professor which has been uploaded on you tube by some junior. As the ‘you tube’ back-end logic would have it, it also showed a couple of other lectures. I was fascinated with the title – last lecture by Randy Pausch and while the long one and a half hour video look an infinite time to load because of my godforsaken internet connection, I decided to search more on Randy Pausch.
As wikipedia would carry it –
Randy Pausch(October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He learned that he had a terminal case of pancreatic cancer in September 2006. He gave an upbeat lecture entitled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
It a memorable lecture and I strongly recommend everyone to see it. I am attaching the link for your reference.
As the lecture draws to an end, I was so much in emotion and awe for his energy, dynamism and good sense of humor. Watching the video with the knowledge that it gets delivered by a person who knows death is imminent and yet retains the passion is a lesson for all of us.