Monday, August 22, 2011

THE LAST LECTURE...RANDY PAUSCH

This book is about how to live life. Randy Pausch is suffering from pancreatic cancer and has only 2-3 months to live and he wants to document certain things in his life, so as to tell his children everything when he is not there with them.Though this book must be read in full to understand properly, still I am going to quote a few things,I liked very much......

The instinct in our house was never to sit around like slobs and wonder..we knew a better way.open the encyclopedia,open dictionary..open your minds.

He(his father) liked humorous anecdotes that turned into morality tales.

Never make a decision until you have to and if was in a position of strength I had to play fair.

My parents really knew what it took to help people.

Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.

When you are screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore means they have given up on you.You may not like to hear it, but you critics are often the ones telling you that they still love you and care for you and want to make you better.

While teaching sports to kids,..what we really want them to learn is far more important: team work,perseverance,sportsmanship,the value of hard work, an ability to deal with adversity.

Tenacity is a virtue, but it is not always crucial for everyone to know how hard you work at something.

The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

One needs Dutch uncle( who gives fair opinion about you)

Well you just cant have some of me Jai" I told her. You appreciate the part of me that didnt get angry because two thing we own got hurt. But the flip side of that is my belief that you dont repair the things if they still do what they are supposed to do. Cars still work, lets just drive them. Everything doesnt need to be fixed.

The truth can set you free.

Time must be explicitly managed like money.

You can always change your plans but only if you have ONE.

Ask yourself..Are you spending time on the right things?

Develop a good filing system.

Delegate.

Enable others to fulfil their dreams.

Earnest is better than hip..one is long term, whereas other is short term.

Dont complain, just work harder..if you took one tenth of the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you would be surprised at how well the things work out.

Treat the disease ,not the symptoms....this one I like best, as whenever people are stressed out they say..deep breathing , yoga etc etc is helpful in decreasing the stress, instead they must look at the things causing the stress and try to remove them.

Watch what they (people) do, not what they say.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Whether you think you can or you cant.you are right.

Dance with the person who brought you...its a reminder about loyalty and appreciation.

Experience is what you get when you didnt get what you wanted.

Showing gratitude is one of the most powerful thing humans can do.

Loyalty is a two way street.

Hard work is like compound interest in the bank.

Always be prepared.

A bad apology is worse than no apology..its so true, some people keep saying sorry without ever meaning it.

On every level, institutions can have and should have a heart.

No job is beneath you.

All you have to do is ask.

If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself and  dreams will come to you.

13 comments:

chitra said...

Nice post Renu, I liked all especially about mangig Time like money , If respect this resource, everything else would fall in its place.have a nice day.

Avada Kedavra said...

I want to read this book very badly. These quotes make me want to read it asap.

Renu said...

Chitra..I write all the good things, so that next time when I feel like reading this book again, I dont have to read the whole book:)

Avada Kedavra:try it..I hope you like it.

bjigya said...

I gifted this book to my 18 year old brother and guess what he labeled it 'sentimental crap..lecture' etc. and did not even bother to read it fully. :(

deeps said...

That’s gist of it I guess… and the book seems to be an inspirational boutique…
Thanks for sharing…

simplyme said...

I have read this book. It truly is inspiring to the core. Transforms your mind from a larva to a full fledged beautiful butterfly. It makes you love what you have and attempt what you wish to do. Thanks aunty. Glad that KP made me stumble upon you :)

KParthasarathi said...

Excellent summation,Renu.
I will try to get the book and read it in full.

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste.....
I have to take the time to get this book. I always meant to but never really remembered. Saw him on oprah, he was inspiring as I am sure his book is as well.

Thanks for the reminder.
Take care and thanks for stopping by.
Rhapsody

Sandhya said...

'Experience is what you get when you didnt get what you wanted.

Showing gratitude is one of the most powerful thing humans can do.

Loyalty is a two way street.

Hard work is like compound interest in the bank.

Always be prepared.

A bad apology is worse than no apology..its so true, some people keep saying sorry without ever meaning it.
All you have to do is ask.

If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself and dreams will come to you.'

I loved these lines the most, Renu! Thanks for sharing.

Renu said...

bjigya:.looks like he is a little ignorant..this is his age when he must read such books as his whole life could change.

deeps:Utube has a video also of his lecture..his lecture has inspired many.

Simplyme: Thanks Sowmya!!..I also found this book very inspiring.

Kparthsarthi:Please do so and then tell me how did you like it.

Rhapsody B:..I have heard his lecture too and so when I saw the book, I just picked up.

Sandhya: Sandhya, those who want to learn can do so much from these books, they make us so much aware.

sukku said...

Read the book, liked it so much...inspiring and makes you wonder what life is really about...if you know your end..

sm said...

how to live life
book looks interesting

A said...

Excellent quotes you chose. Nice post