The Worth Of A Book By Randy Pausch And Jeffrey Zaslow

1116 Words5 Pages
“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it (James Bryce). If measured by the rule of the quote, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow has tremendous worth. Randy Pausch, a professor dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” at Carnegie Mellon in 2007. In the book, he reflects upon the lessons of his life experiences mentioned in the lecture. The lessons addressed ways to lead a fulfilled life. At first, his experiences seemed to be entertaining stories from his past, but as he progressed through each chapter, I began to realize the mentoring quality of the stories. From the lessons, I carried away invaluable advice. While it would be difficult to visit and elaborate upon every lesson, there were three that were most memorable to me: the importance of obstacles in our life, how honesty is a better character builder than false praise, and the uselessness of complaining.
Obstacles are not preferable. Our dreams would be achieved more quickly if the obstacles did not exist. However, the obstacles, or “brick walls” as Randy Pausch refers to them, show us how badly we want to fulfil that dream. If they did not exist, we would never know if our passions were true. As stated by Pausch, “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something” (79). I believe that if I heed to this advice, my success rate will drastically increase. In fact, it

More about The Worth Of A Book By Randy Pausch And Jeffrey Zaslow

Get Access