Monday, November 29, 2010
Read This Book: The Last Lecture
The marketplace is swarming today with well-intentioned books, those that are meant to inspire men and women and transform lives. Far too often, however, these books fall short, leaving readers feeling short-changed or duped by some silly New Age principle. A terrific exception: Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture.
How the book became a universal bestseller may seem understandable enough. At Carnegie Mellon University, professors have a tradition of delivering a lecture each year to the students as if they are dying and their lecture will be the last thing they leave to their students. Imagine the circumstances when said professor is actually truly dying of a serious illness and has been told he has three to six months to live at the time of the lecture's delivery. The story has all the makings of a good, quick segment profiled on the evening news.
Though the circumstances themselves are enough to generate media hype, they aren't enough to create a book that bears true wisdom and heart. The Last Lecture stands on its own in its wisdom, introducing readers to powerful lessons which readers can apply to their own lives. More than anything, the book advocates living life consciously, taking frequent inventory of what matters most. Pick this book up today and you will be wiser for having read it.
PLUS: Dr. Seth's new book, Dr. Seth's Love Prescription, is about repeating bad patterns in your relationships. Pre-order today at Amazon.com or find it in bookstores December 18!