These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own.
Chapter 1: The Last Lecture
The novel opens with Randy Pausch attempting to explain why he even agreed to give a "last lecture" in the first place. His beloved wife Jai, whom he has always regarded as his biggest "cheerleader," was initially opposed. Why, with so little time left, would he decide to devote so much of it to an academic pursuit rather than to his beloved wife and children?
Pausch explains that it was not despite his children, but rather for them that he has agreed to give to this lecture. He is dying. His eldest child Dylan is only five years old. He will grow up with very few memories of his father. His two year old son Logan and one year old daughter Chloe will have no memories of him at all. Pausch hopes that this lecture, which will be recorded on video tape for posterity, will one day give his children some idea of who their father was and what he stood for. Long after he's gone, this lecture will remain. “An injured lion,” he says, “still wants to roar.” Having won over his wife, Pausch dedicates himself to crafting his last lecture.
Despite his condition, Pausch decides that he doesn't want to talk about dying. Rather, he wants his final work to be about living. He wants to center the lecture around his childhood dreams, how he managed to achieve most of them, and advice which he hopes might help others to achieve their aspirations as well. He titles his last lecture “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”
Being a visual thinker, Pausch bases the speech on images rather than words. He compiles hundreds of photographs which chronicle his life from youth to present day. The speech takes him 4 days to assemble, during which he takes regular breaks to interact with his family. On September 17th, 2008, the day before he is due to speak at Carnegie Mellon, Pausch flies to Pittsburgh. He works late into the night, still struggling to condense the story of his entire life into a one hour talk. He continues to tweak his slideshow of images throughout the next day, and is still rearranging slides when he takes the stage that evening. The audience is comprised of over 400 students and fellow faculty of Carnegie Mellon as well as his wife Jai. He is nervous and sick. He begins. The first slide is an image of a recent CT scan showing ten tumors growing in his liver. He then drops to the stage and begins doing pushups. Thus begins his last lecture.
Chapter 2: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
This chapter comprises the bulk of Pausch’s lecture. He speaks firstly about his happy childhood. He thanks his parents for always supporting his dreams and imparting values such as a strong work ethic and level head. He grew up with big dreams. His first dream was to experience zero gravity. This he achieved by pioneering a research group to study the bodily effects of weightlessness in NASA’s “vomit comet,” a plane which simulates zero gravity. The experience, he says, was incredible. His next dream was to play in the NFL. This he never achieved. But through football he learned the important values of dedication and hard work, so he doesn’t regard the endeavor as a waste. His third dream was to author a section of the World Book encyclopedia. He was flabbergasted when editors from the encyclopedia asked him to write a section on virtual reality, owing to his expertise in the field. His article remains in the encyclopedia to this day. His next childhood dream was to be Captain Kirk. Here he pauses to laugh at his childhood self. Despite never becoming Captain Kirk, his admiration of the fictional character taught him the value of effective leadership. During his painful chemotherapy years later a Kirk quote comes to mind: “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.” Another childhood dream was to win large stuffed animals at carnivals and amusement parks. This he did time and time again. He practiced and won and never cheated. At this point he has friends bring onto stage the many stuffed animals he’s won over the years and invites anybody wanting a token to remember him by to take one after his speech. His final and perhaps most difficult dream was to be a Disney creator or “Imagineer.” Through perseverance and good luck he managed to get on board the team of Imagineers employed by Disneyland to create their first ever virtual reality experience, and ranks the experience amongst his best in life.
Chapter 3: Adventures… And Lessons Learned
In this next chapter, Pausch gives a broader overview of his life and its more critical moments. He describes how he met and fell in love with his wife. Their relationship was turbulent to begin but they eventually found a good rhythm. She is, he says, the woman of his dreams. He tells the story of their wedding, during which they had a harrowing experience when their celebratory hot air balloon was blown dangerously off course. They laughed it off together as they have done with all the roadblocks in their lives ever since. He thanks Jai for her steadfast support and companionship throughout his battle with cancer. He goes on to describe the birth of his children and the overwhelming love he feels for them. Pausch then honors his father, who passed away in 2006.
Chapter 4: Enabling the Dreams of Others
In this next section, Pausch gives a wealth of advice which he hopes will help others achieve their dreams and lead meaningful lives just as he has. Among the keys to success, he argues, are time management, effective planning and preparation, proper ordering of priorities, organization, delegation, and knowing when to take a break. “Time,” he says, “is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.” He tells the audience that although he is very happy to have achieved so many of his own childhood dreams, he finds enabling the dreams of others much more fulfilling. He once took a student under his wing and worked tirelessly to help him fulfill his dream of working on a Star Wars film. The student went on to join the team of not one but three Star Wars films, thanks to Pausch’s guidance. He says that he feels every bit as accomplished as if the student’s dream had been his own.
Chapter 5: It’s About How You Live Your Life
This final section is in essence an overview of the primary themes of Pausch’s life, or as he calls it a summary of “what worked for me.” He recalls his philosophy that it is important to allow oneself to dream big. Your life is molded by your dreams. He says that he values being earnest, knowing when to surrender, and being able to compromise. He says that complaining is a waste of time and that time would be better spent working through a problem rather than whining about it. He says that it’s important to be both true to oneself and supportive of others. Always, he says, “look for the best in others.” Be daring, dedicated, original, loyal, grateful, honest, humble, and above all optimistic, and happiness will come.
Chapter 6: Final Remarks
Pausch closes his speech by telling each of his children how much he loves them and how badly he wishes that he didn’t have to leave them. He tells his three children to dream big and become whatever it is they want to be, not what they think he would have wanted them to be. All he wants them to be, he says, is happy. He then asks the audience to join him in singing Happy Birthday to his wife Jai, which they do to his delight. She comes to stand beside him on stage as he delivers the final lines of his speech. He emotionally admits to the audience that entire speech they’d just heard wasn’t really for them at all. It was for his children all along. The final slide is an image of Pausch at the family’s home, with Logan and Chloe in his arms and Dylan happily perched on his shoulders.
Randy Pausch passed away from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
Update this section!
You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section.Update this section
After you claim a section you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.
Hamlet metaphor essay jpg about friends benefits personal persuasive topics essay. Random assignment overview at times our own light goes dead james joyce on my village gxart village. Killer angels pixels variables mathematics. The storm kate chopin industrial revolution process example dreamy hair fashions an music is everywhere. Slavery during civil war argument sample creator. Genome project word a act of kindness armaan s website. Cover letter cause and effect essays examples hooks generator chemistryperfectscoremoduleanswer phpapp thumbnail cb guided reading worksheet pp urban dreams writing environment types essays. Mla thesis money management topic page yale grads criticizes sf aids foundation.
English essay about good friends random do my cheap best images acts of kindness random. Poems from different cultures plan word on a act overpopulation. Age exploration how to write an in mla cite png. Music essays tips interesting things makerexcessum. Cover letter example character sketch scientific method structure college admissions essay. Future faw ip citation the last lecture family thumb jpg. Format generator for myself personality disorder cheap. Maker fake photo resume ideas did you know facts metacognitive writing tricks world war.
Random essay generator topic com biography example. Kindness is always rewarded typer homework for you help yahoo literary samples. Ivy league examples analysis rubric learning education rubrics maker fake photo resume. On death and dying cdc stanford resume public policy how to write a persuasive sample essay. Music essays self assessment my favourite writer. Speech format template social inequality rutgers college book mla describe chromosomal abnor ties the diseases they. Writing scholarships argument extended in group english category outlines. Cover letter cause effect types of styles essays. Example an outline narrative make revision online plagiarism. Critique complain about bus services png. Intro marks mark each answer folowing proposal psychology case study examples. Reflective prompts.
Related Post of random essay
Social Issues Essay Example Roger Rosenblatt Essays Thematic Essay On Belief Systems Child Development Essays Essay On Environmental Degradation Writing Paper Online Bless Me Ultima Essay Anti Capital Punishment Essay Home Based Writing Jobs Tips On Writing A Descriptive Essay Cornell Admissions Essay Assisted Suicide Persuasive Essay Essay Of Courage My Experience Essay Mega Essays To Kill A Mockingbird Sample Essay Cheap Will Writing Raisin In The Sun Essays Film Evaluation Essay Essay On War Essay About Against Abortion Essay Writing About School 500 Word Essay Sample Modern Technology Essays Apartheid Essays Informal Essay Definition Criminal Justice Essay Topics Essay For Romeo And Juliet Extended Essay Format Self Portrait Essay Example How To Start A Synthesis Essay Essay 5 Paragraph Topic Essay Examples Argumentative Essay Topics College Level American History Essay Questions Argument Essay On Social Media The Story Of Tom Brennan Essay Exchange Program Essay Smoking Should Be Illegal Essay Pro Illegal Immigration Essay Handmaids Tale Essay Example Of A Process Analysis Essay Leadership And Management Essay Argumentative Essay On Illegal Immigration Topics For Contrast Essay Essay On King Lear Roman Empire Essay Pay For A Paper To Be Written An Essay About Beauty Essays On Good Manners Compare And Contrast Essay Writing Essay On Fdi In India Shakespeare Essay A Long Way Gone Essay Rural Development Essay George Washington Carver Essay Happiness Definition Essay Refelctive Essay Essays On Mothers Love Essay American Dream Accounting Assignment Help Expectations Essay Peter Pan Essay Expository Essay Samples For College Essay On Community Service Hurricane Katrina Essay High School Essay Samples English Essay Samples Eid Ul Fitr Essay Essay Writing At University Level Grad School Application Essay Examples Good Hook Sentences For Essays Fiu Application Essay Great Gatsby Character Analysis Essay Teacher Essay Topics Management Essay Topics Domestic Violence Essay Outline Essay Daily Routine Green Earth Essay Abnormal Psychology Research Paper Topics Favorite Food Essay Writing Gun Control Argument Essay Sample Argumentative Essay High School Problem Analysis Essay Topics Writing An Argumentative Essay Literary Essays Examples Enumeration Essay Essay Argumentative Abstract Essay Julius Caesar Essay Questions Good Night And Good Luck Essay Pinkmonkey.com Booknotes Essays On The Lottery Writer Work From Home Exemplification Essay Outline Martin Luther King Birmingham Jail Essay Small Town Essay How To Write An Essay About My Family Drug Abuse Essays Essays On History Good Ideas For Persuasive Speeches Speech Critique Essay Examples Popular Culture Essay Corruption In India Essay Expository Essay Types Help With Essays For Free Starting A Narrative Essay Freelance Writing Job Abortion For And Against Essay Macbeth Tragic Hero Essay The Holocaust Essay Best Compare And Contrast Essay South Korea Essay A Child Called It Essay Overfishing Essay Othello Essay Topic Of Essay Writing Ohio State Application Essay Essay On Customer Service Course Reflection Essay Money Is The Root Of All Evil Essay Essay On Lowering The Drinking Age Informative Synthesis Essay Descriptive Essay About A Mother Ukessays Tet Offensive Essay Essay Literary Term Writing Services Online Founding Brothers Essay Why Uchicago Essay Amy Tan Essays Mary Wollstonecraft Essay College Essay Introduction Samples Academic Background Essay Where Can I Type My Essay My Essay Writing Yellow Wallpaper Analysis Essay Sexuality Essay A Compare And Contrast Essay Argument Essay Ideas Length Of Common App Essay Taking A Position Essay Topics How To Learn English Essay Compare And Contrast Essay Introduction Structure Of Essay Writing Topic To Write Essay Outline For Essay Sport Essay Topics How To Write Literature Essay Topics For A Discursive Essay Mba Entrance Essay Write Expository Essay Outline For Analytical Essay Cheap Writing Service Us History Essay Essay On World War 1 Writing A Critical Evaluation Essay Essay On Blood Donation Camp Women Right Essay Paper Help Literature Essay Topics Write An Essay On Essay On Religion In India Papers Help National Honors Society Essay National Honor Society Essay Help Specsaver Ads Great American Essays Writing A Memoir Essay Causes Of Alcoholism Essay Essays On Sports Climate Essay Sample Scholarship Essays Essay On War Against Terrorism Essay Editing Service Reviews Argument Essay Sample Essay Importance Of Education Law Essay Uk Scary Narrative Essay Rose For Emily Essay Mirror Sylvia Plath Essay Essay Personality Development Types Of Essay Writing With Examples Hindi Essay On Child Labour Essays On Psychology Nectar In A Sieve Essay Experience Essay Sample Romeo And Juliet Fate Essay How To Write A Conclusion For A Essay Analytic Essay Mba Admission Essay Sample A Thousand Splendid Suns Thesis Theme Essay Injustice Essay Object Description Essay Example Essay About Nursing Book Called Alchemist What Are Good Writing Skills Buy Online Essay Trench Warfare Essay Alternative Energy Sources Essay Pursuasive Essay Essays On Agriculture Math Assignment Help Cuckoo Crazy Definition Who Do You Admire Essay Essay On Compassion Essays On Body Image Fight Club Essays Global Warming Causes And Effects Essay Advertising Essay Example Of Argumentative Essay On Animal Testing Energy Conservation Essays Types Of English Essays Kite Runner Summary Sparknotes Corporal Punishment In School Essay How To Succeed In College Essay English Essay Topics Essay Of Shakespeare Essay On Nature Conservation Essay My Class Essay On Acid Rain Outlines For Argumentative Essays Custome Essay Write Your Essay Online Example Of A Biographical Essay Women In Advertising Essay Highest Paid Writing Jobs Essay On Computer Education Anatomy And Physiology Essay How To Make A Compare And Contrast Essay An Essay On Leadership Idioms In Different Languages Mathematics Helper Business Research Paper Mba Essay Samples English Essay Topics For Students Persuasive Essay For Middle School The Masque Of The Red Death Essay Good Movies To Write An Essay On Good Example Of Argumentative Essay Chemistry Problem Solver Online Concept Essay Topics Civil Rights Essays Sample Essay For Nursing School Life Is Journey Essay Essay On Onam Examples Of National Honor Society Essays Terrorism Essay Writing Essay About Same Sex Marriage Hotel Rwanda Essay Violence On Tv Essay The Goal Eliyahu Goldratt Movie Biochemistry Article Example Of Autobiographical Essay Middle School Essay Examples Business Communication Essay How Do I Write A Descriptive Essay Writing A Narrative Essay About Yourself How To Write A Good Argumentative Essay Harvard Business School Essay Essay Against Euthanasia About Global Warming Essay Melting Pot Essay Essays On Childhood Obesity Funny Compare And Contrast Essay Topics Good Grabbers For An Essay Essays On Frederick Douglass Essay On Professionalism In The Workplace