The Last Lecture

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Jennifer Stiner English 090 Professor Sterling 8 June 2014 The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams In The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow, Randy looked like an average, healthy man, but looks can be deceiving. He had ten tumors on his liver, and he only had a short time to live. When Randy was asked to do the lecture, he looked forward to the chance to share what he had learned in life. Right from the start he addressed his illness, but went on to explain that the lecture was focused not on death, but rather on living out dreams. Starting with his youth, he showed how his own dreams came to enjoyment. Randy also went on to show how he was privileged enough to help others achieve their dreams, also. He highlighted lessons he learned along the way and offered advice to students on how to live life to the fullest. He also highlighted people who helped him achieve his dreams. Having childhood dreams is important in life. As we grow older our dreams may change. We may develop new interests and goals, so sticking to something just because it's what you used to want to do is no good either. The goal is to follow your dreams, but the one you want in the present, not in the past. For instance, I used to want to be nurse but now I am in school to be a radiologist, which I am very passionate about. My goals changed, so my path changed as well. He spoke about how much his parents meant to him and how wonderful they were. They encouraged him to research and to dream. They also taught him about generosity and reaching out to others. Randy talked about responsibility and working with others. This was a big deal to him. He had a very strong sense of positive work ethic, demonstrating how success came from a bit of luck, but mostly from dedication and hard work. He said how important it was to get along with others and find ways over and around

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