The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch


Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During his time there, he was asked to give a speech; it was titled "The Last Lecture". Those lecture were given by professors all the time. However, Randy's speech was going to be a message. it was not going to be about his cancer but about overcoming obstacles, enabling others dreams, seizing the moment and the importance of really living. The way he presented his story made it such an inspiration to other people.

Most Memorable Thing

After I learned about Randy, I saw him as a role model. For someone going through a lot and to have such a positive attitude is amazing. He went through life looking at the bright side of things and never giving up. Throughout the book there are so many things you learn not only about his life but about life in general. There is a lesson in almost every chapter to be learned and applied.

Most Important...

3 words learned

Subordinates - someone under the authority of another

Brazen - bold and shameless

Seminal - strongly influencing later things

Questions? Concerns?

I would like to know more about his childhood, the way he was raised. The values implemented by his parents. Also, if at any point in his life he did something that he would regret later in life.


I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading non-fiction book that are inspirational. This book does not have a age range, if you can read complex books and want to enjoy a new book, go ahead and pick it up.