A lot of professors are asked to give “The Last Lecture” as if it’s their last.
On September 18, 2007, when, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he’s diagnosed with pancreas cancer with few months of life left.
But the talk he gave “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” wasn’t about dying.
It was about living one's childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and some lessons.
In short it was about living.
Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon and so is his book based on it. Here’s the pdf & video.