VIDEO: Motivation from The Last Lecture

Hi Everyone,

I saw this video and thought it was powerful enough to share with all of our SparkPeople members. It's a 10-minute clip from “Oprah” where a college professor gives his last lecture because he's dying from pancreatic cancer soon. In addition to the great lessons he shares in the lecture, his passion and courage to do this inspires me to live every day to the fullest.

Sometimes it's hard to take a step back and realize what's most important to us in life. I hope you take something from this too that you can use to help reach your goals.

Chris “SparkGuy” Downie



Editor’s Note: Dr. Randy Pausch died at home on Friday, July 25, 2008, but not before touching the lives of millions of people through his "Last Lecture" video, which became an Internet sensation, and his book "The Last Lecture," which was published in 2008. Please share your thoughts about this video in the comments section to the right. And if you enjoy it, you can easily share it with others by clicking the “Email This to a Friend” button at the top right of this page.
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Member Comments

Have seen this several times over the past few years, and find something new each time! His children have a wonderful legacy. Report
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. THIS STORY SHOULD TOUCH EVERYONE HEART. MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT BEING THANKFUL EACH AND EVERYDAY. WE ARE NOT PROMISE TOMORROW SO LET'S LIVE IT. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY. Report
I listened. I learned.I am humbled. I am grateful that there are people like Randy in this world.God bless his children Report
This dear man may have known he knew Jesus or he may not have. But whether he knew it or not he knew Him. Report
Every day is a blessing! This video is very inspiring! Report
I have seen this several times and it never gets old. Report
!! W O W !!

Everyone needs to re-view
this at least once a month

LOVE and BLESSINGS ! Report
We should all strive to live this way. Most of us never know when our last day will be. What an impact he has made on people! Thanks for sharing with us! Report
Life is so short. His last video was so moving and inspirational. He touched many lives. Report
Hard to believe that he has been gone nearly four years already, but life does go on. He certainly made use of his time before he left to help his family financially. For others it is a good idea to have life insurance so your family is taken care of. Report
Beautiful. I'm so guilt of so many of these things. It puts it into perspective. Report
Wow! Live life to the fullest and be happy! Report
Same thing happened to me as Freshaire1. Very disappointing. Report
Unfortunately I cannot get the video to play - it comes up as a "private video". What's up with that? I've even friended the article writer - still no luck. I believe I've seen the video, just wanted to watch it again....sigh....
.technology will be my downfall! Report
I knew Randy and his love of his wife and family was amazing to see. I saw the last speech he gave at Carnegie Mellon (at a graduation right before he died) and although he was so weak from the cancer he picked his wife up off the stage and carried her. Later that day I saw him at a gathering and he could barely stand. An amazing man and an inspiration to all. Report


 

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Chris Downie
Chris Downie
As the founder and CEO of SparkPeople, Chris is passionate about helping people reach their goals! See all articles by Chris.
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