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read mobi » Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination ☆ Hardcover ✓ moneyexpresscard Þ In 2008 JK Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University Now published fHers?Drawing from stories of her own post graduate years the world famous author addresses some of life's most important uestions with acuity and emotional force Never was a true word spoken A gifted speech from a gifted author Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it

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In 2008 JK Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University Now published for the first time in book form VERY GOOD LIVES presents I enjoyed and admire Rowling’s speech to Harvard graduates class of 2008 If it is not uite the eual of the greatest commencement addresses of this century—David Foster Wallace at Kenyon 2005 George Saunders at Syracuse 2013—it is still memorable It speaks to the nature of its audience gives good advice both on how to profit from adversity and also how to discern what is valuable and—as a bonus—it illustrates its points with revealing glimpses into the heart of one of the most successful writers of our timesRowling breaks the ice with these practically life long Harry Potter fans seven years old when the first book came out with jokes about Gryffindor and gay wizards but she soon begins to speak of fear of failure making it clear she realizes these particular Potter fans are very privileged Potter fans indeed “The fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well acuainted with failure You might be driven by a fear of failure uite as much as a desire for success Indeed your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person’s idea of success so high have you already flown”She assures these graduates—perhaps too accustomed to success—that failure is inevitable “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default She uses herself in pre Potter days as an example a divorced jobless single mother “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless” But the failure she experienced was worth it for it brought self knowledge “You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity Such knowledge is a true gift for all that it is painfully won”” It was valuable to her “because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me” The work that mattered of course was writing and she still even after all the failure “had an old typewriter and a big idea” From here she passes on to her second subject the importance of the imagination Surprisingly she hasn't much to say about wizardry in particular or even story telling in general but instead speaks briefly of technological and social innovation before concentrating on imagination’s great gift “the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared” So that her listeners may empathize Rowling shares with them a few stories from one of her earliest jobs as a worker for Amnesty International She tells of meeting torture victims and other political prisoners heroically risking much to speak out against the crimes of their governmentsAfter her praise of empathy she begins her conclusion with the following words The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower The way you vote the way you live the way you protest the pressure you bring to bear on your government has an impact way beyond your borders That is your privilege and your burdenIf you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change We do not need magic to change the world we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already we have the power to imagine better

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Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of ImaginationJK Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and ot “As is a tale so is life not how long it is but how good it is is what matters” Very inspiring JK Rowling has a magical way with words Love it