The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is an inspiring read. I read this during my preparations for MBA entrance exams.
It is books like these that make us realize that, even in the lowest periods of life one can always stand tall and face the difficulties with strength and a strong resolve to deal with the outcomes.
This book speaks on the last lecture delivered by the author at the Carnegie Mellon University. A month before giving this lecture, Randy Pausch received a prognosis that the pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed a year earlier, had become terminal.
In his lecture, he talked about his childhood dreams and how to go on achieving it. He also spoke about the lessons he wanted his children to learn. He stressed on importance of overcoming obstacles and seizing the day because time is finite. He basically spoke about living life as it comes with happiness, dreams, plans to achieve them and spending time with family and friends.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book are:
” Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted”
” The questions are always important than the answers”
” When we are connected with others, we become better people”
“Its not about how hard you hit, its about how hard you get hit….and keep moving forward”
And the ultimate one,
“Its not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you”
It is inspiring that even in his last stage of life, he had the fire burning in him, the zeal to inspire people around him and work for the betterment of the society.
Reading this book changed my outlook towards life and path to achieving my dreams. I would highly recommend every person to read it as well.