A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
"This refreshingly blunt #1 NY Times bestselling how-to guide serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, transformational insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. Via chapters such as “Your Brain is Your Bitch,” “Fear is for Suckers” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” the book takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation and helps you create the money, relationships, careers and general all around awesomeness you so desire. By the end of You Are a Badass®, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you Don’t love, and how to kick some serious butt."