If you haven't heard of Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, you need to. Via his book (just released this week), his blog charting his fight against pancreatic cancer, and his You Tube videos, he is by every measure a man of great character, charisma, and strength. He will inspire you to squeeze every last drop out of life; his story will make you grateful for your health, your family, your friends, and your work.
Shortly after being diagnosed, Dr. Pausch gave what he called "The Last Lecture", which is also the title of his recent book. With such little time left in his life, he wants to spend as much of it with his family as possible and he was worried that the task of writing a book about the lecture would consume too much of his energy. As with all worthy projects, if there's a will, there's a creative solution to get it done. Dr. Pausch literally spoke the lecture and the story behind it to his collaborator, Jeff Zaslow, on 53 one-hour bike rides. He rides his bike daily to keep himself in the best shape possible.
"The Last Lecture" is a 75 minute talk that dispenses the wisdom he's gained that he wishes he had time to pass on to his children. The subtitle is "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". To date, 10 million people have logged on to watch the video on You Tube and through the Carnegie Mellon site. Join them!
Lecture on the CMU site: www.cmu.edu/randyslecture
A recent article in the New York Times Health section about Dr. Pausch:
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
Randy's blog: http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/news/index.html
Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Lecture-Randy-Pausch/dp/1401323251/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208265354&sr=8-1