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Professor Rauschs approach not to focus on spirituality death and cancer in his last lecture was a deliberate attempt at inclusion rather than exclusionwhich allowed him to enlighten a broader audience on the importance of living out their dreams without the fear of rejection Given the possibility of facing their own deaths university professors have an opportunity to deliver a speech known as their last lecture whichbrings self-awareness to individuals and caused them to assess their own lives based on the speaker invoking words of wisdomrelative to life The actuality of giving a last lecture became a reality for Professor Randy Pausch with his terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer With the realization his young children will have little to no recollection of him after his death he set out to use his last lecture as a way to leave a legacy of life lessons known as Pauschisms for them to draw upon in his absence Through the eyes of a dying man giving his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18 2007 YouTube Professor Randy Pausch sets the foundation for inspiring others to fulfill their childhood dreams long beyond his death Due to the overwhelming response to his last lecture it set the platform as a resource for living life which offered him the fortitude to produce an inspirational piece of work known as The Last Lecture Not wanting theaudience to focus solely on his imminent death he set out immediately to divert their attention from his diagnosis with the assurance that yes he knows he is dying but chose to die living rather than living to die His acceptance that We cannot change the cards we are dealt just how we play the hand 17 set the foundation for his view on life Given the realization that we are unable to control lifes obstacles placed before us we can control how we deal with them
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