The “Last Lecture” By Randy Pausch

Posted on Mon 04/07/2008 by


[A beautiful, moving, inspirational talk. Pass this on to a friend. 2 video versions to view and the transcript. —ed]

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Last year, I agreed to give a last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where I’m a professor in the computer science department. A few weeks later, I learned that I had only months to live—I was dying of pancreatic cancer.

I knew I could cancel. I have three young children, I’m married to Jai, the woman of my dreams, and there were so many things to be done. But by speaking, I knew I could put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe. Here’s what I want to share.

President Cohen, when I told him I was going to do this talk, he said, please tell them about having fun, because that’s what I remember you for. And I said, I can do that, but it’s kind of like a fish talking about the importance of water. I mean I don’t know how to not have fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there’s no other way to play it.

The “Last Lecture”, given at Carnegie Mellon University (76 minutes) By Randy Pausch

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