The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (with Jeffrey Zaslow) is a book which has nothing to do with business and yet everything to do with business. Randy, a computer science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University was told in August last year that his pancreatic cancer had spread and that he only had a few months to live. This book is about what led to and followed a Last Lecture Randy gave at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007. Sure there are sad moments, but the enduring takeaways are positive, tremendously positive.
Randy’s Last Lecture and book are about following your dreams – and here is the business connection. Most of us go into business because of a dream and sometimes, along the way, some of us in business lose sight of our dreams. Randy’s words demand to be listened to. His book is a call to action to reconnect with and embrace our dreams. It is moving and inspirational.
You can watch Randy’s lecture at YouTube. almost 3 million have viewed this already.