5. The Last Lecture
The "Last Lecture" refers to talks that professors are asked to give that focus on what matters most to them. Randy Tausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture and, as fate would have it, it truly was his "Last Lecture." Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Pausch’s talk, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, and enabling the dreams of others. This inspiring book teaches us that time is all we have and we have less than we think. Use it wisely.