Few days ago, i came across Dr Randy Pausch last lecture he did, in Canergie Mellon University in my social media feeds. I washed the lecture and I was fascinated by the whole history. So I googled Randy Pausch and found this book.
Randy Pausch is a Canergie Mellon Computer Science Professor, and he was diagnosed with a pancreatic cancer and had 6 month or so to live ( of good heath as Randy used to said it).
The highlight of the book is about the last lecture he did entitled « Really achieving your childhood dream ». He gone through each of his child’s dream and how he overcame each of them and what he learned from his failure. For him « experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted ». He wished he can be an NFL football professional. He told us the history of his first coach, coach Graham who for a training didn’t bring a football. That looked weird to them but the coach explain to them that, at one point of time only one person has the ball on the field so they are going to exercise what the others 21 persons would be doing : running :). The takeoff of this story is : it’s all about fundamentals and there is no shortcut if you want to be good at something than practicing over and over again.
When Randy first visited Disney, he was delighted and wished he can make scenery for Disney like these ones. His dream came true and he worked 6 month for Disney and after that declined a job offer. Achieving his own dream was not enough, so as a teacher he needed to help students doing the same. He did it for one of his staff member and at scale, setting up a multidisciplinary course in which any student is admitted from computer science major to art major. The book is fun and tragical if you know the end of the story but full of great quote like those one : "The Luck is indeed where preparation meets opportunity" "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand"The lecture was really a head fake, Randy was really sending a post-mortem message to his two sons and daughter. They were still young, the book and the lecture is a way for him to advise them even when he will not be around.
Trust me and check this 10mn summary of his talk and if you like it the full talk is here. Still want more grab a copy of the book here. The combo is worth your time, really.