Randy Pausch is a married father of three, a very popular professor at Carnegie Mellon University—and he is dying. He is suffering from pancreatic cancer, which he says has returned after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors say he has only a few months to live.

In September 2007, Randy gave a final lecture to his students at Carnegie Mellon that has since been downloaded more than a million times on the Internet. “There’s an academic tradition called the ‘Last Lecture.’ Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?” Randy says. “Well, for me, there’s an elephant in the room. And the elephant in the room, for me, it wasn’t hypothetical.”

Watch Randy’s famous “Last Lecture.”

Despite the lecture’s wide popularity, Randy says he really only intended his words for his three small children. “I think it’s great that so many people have benefited from this lecture, but the truth of the matter is that I didn’t really even give it to the 400 people at Carnegie Mellon who came. I only wrote this lecture for three people, and when they’re older, they’ll watch it,” he says.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 16:50:55

    Have caught this on YouTube before. Sobering, isn’t it?


  2. equilibrium2008
    Aug 09, 2008 @ 06:42:18

    Yes true but what he said struck me. He was dying that time and yet he still makes the best out of it. That made me realize im not yet in the worst situation I can imagine. But rather what im going through is just a tiny part of what he had gone through. Very tough guy.


  3. donG hO
    Aug 11, 2008 @ 11:32:54

    very very interesting! it’s really telling us to give our best while we are at our utmost stage.


  4. equilibrium2008
    Aug 13, 2008 @ 00:16:39

    yes that is true. coz you can see that even he is dying, he still manage to spread his wisdom to other people. 🙂


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