THE LAST LECTURE
RATING: 9.2 out of 10
OVERVIEW: An inspiring final message how to live your life to the fullest. Randy Pausch was/is a brave professor facing certain death, who kept his optimism and let go of bitter feelings.
Randy Paush is a hero of mine. I’m certain there are thousands more who feel the same way. This book evokes the emotions of the human spirit to enjoy the short time we have on earth. No one knows when their life on earth will come to an end, so we must live each day so that our last day we will have no regrets. We should quickly forgive and free ourselves from the bondage of bitterness and free the offenders from our unrighteous denial of reconciliation.
Randy mentions in the beginning of the book that an “injured lion still wants to roar.” He was diagnosed with an incurable cancer at a young age but his desire to roar pushed him to give a ‘last lecture’ to which he had no obligation. This book will teach you that life can always get worse, so be thankful for your blessings. Do not focus on what you lack, but what you have.
Over 5 years ago my cousin Jennifer passed away tragically and unexpectedly. I will never forget the plea of her weeping mother (my Aunt Doris) at her viewing. “Rex, love your children every day, love them every day.” This book evoked the many emotions of that day. It left me with the desire to become today what I sought to become tomorrow. Randy taught that life is unpredictable, so prepare yourselves to become and do what you envision for the future, TODAY!
· An injured lion still wants to roar
· “Love your children everyday” Aunt Doris
· When there is an elephant in the room, introduce him.
· When you screw up and no one says anything it shows they don’t care anymore.
· The most intelligent people are those who know more of what they don’t know.
· It’s easy to look smart when you parrot smart people.
· **People are more important than things.
· *Brick walls are made for those who don’t want it enough.
· You can always make things worse.
· *Time management is more important than money management.
· Good goals have good instructions and easy steps.
· Eagle Scout is the only thing that looks good on your resume at 50.
· Don’t complain! Just work harder.
· Treat the disease, not the symptoms.
· **Don’t worry about what others think!
· If you wait long enough people will impress you.
· “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit. And keep moving forward. Keep moving forward.”
· “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”
· Write thank you notes.
· No job is below you.
· Let kids become what they want to become.