Sunday, July 12, 2009

Professor Randy Pausch, Ladies and Gentlemen

Books are expensive here. All because they are mostly imported and our currency value or lack of it rather. So finding unexpected books and at a reduced rate at that, makes for a double bonus and a real delight. I picked up three books yesterday and one of them is definitely a gem. It's the late Professor Randy Pausch's book, The Last Lecture. This book has been published in 35 languages.

On September 18, 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. It became an Internet sensation viewed by millions. To this day, people everywhere continue to talk about Randy, share his message and put his life lessons into action in their own lives.

This month marks the first anniversary of the professor's death. Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008 at age 47. He lost the battle to pancreatic cancer.

CBS reported his death..

Below are some videos from YouTube for your viewing pleasure..

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more of his lectures, visit

This video talks about the book, The Last Lecture

A shorter version of the inspirational speech on Oprah Winfrey Show

Lecture on Time Management at the University of Virginia in November 2007.

Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch


  1. I think I have heard about it too. A lot of my colleagues talked about it too. Hmm....I should get a copy too.

  2. Yeah... books are expensive. Especially the English ones.

    Can't watch the video at the moment. Maybe later...

  3. hmmm, have not heard about that, because i don't read!! hahaha.. anyway, it's always nice to have found unexpected gem.. enjoy your book.. :)

  4. T, in the meantime, you can watch the video. The Last Lecture is insightful. Please don't miss it.

    KS, they became expensive after the currency-pegging. What a jump in prices. Watch the videos at your leisure. They'll be around on YouTube for a long time.

    SK, please do watch the video. I recommend it.

  5. It's a pity he died. Again to cancer!

    I have yet to read his last lecture, but thanks for sharing. I may go and get the book : )

  6. i love his book. i've picked out a few of my favorite quotes and moments from his book and blogged about it. his book has been very inspirational and it's most definitely a pity that he had to leave us at such a young age. oh well... :)

    perhaps we can compare our thoughts on his notes one day! :D

  7. Foong, yes, it is a pity.

    You are welcome. It's a good book.

  8. Chiaoju, that's a good review. Sure we can.