Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Last Lecture

WOW! The book has been on the New York Time's best seller list for awhile now and I had the book strongly recommended to me from a friend. I read it over the last several days and I am blown away. A lot of professor's give a last lecture when they retire. But Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with cancer and truly gave his last lecture.

This book serves as a follow on to that lecture and is a powerful read. I want to pass a long a few of my notes but to hit all the high points, would be much to long and would rob you of the joy of reading this book yourself.

To learn more about his life and hear several different talks he has given and to the last lecture he delivered go to: TLL.

A few of my thoughts and notes:
1. Even injured lions want to know they can still roar
2. If there is an elephant in the room...introduce it
3. Self-esteem is not something you give, it is something you build
4. Win Big, tenacity is a virtue and it is not always necessary that people see how hard you work on accomplishing something
5. Make memories
6. People before things
7. Which is more important - $16 or 15 minutes?
8. Brick walls are not there to keep us out, they are there to remind us how badly we want something and to keep out those who are not willing to work to get over it

Again...great read and stirs the imagination while reminding us of what is important.


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