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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Hardcover – April 14, 2015
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"Humble and moving, full of ideals one hopes the world's most privileged young people will take to heart."―Ron Charles, Washington Post
"A beautifully illustrated little book."―Shaun Fitzpatrick, Bustle
"Include[s] plenty of uplifting nuggets and words of wisdom."―Eliza Thompson, Cosmo.com
"It's sure to be a favorite gift for new graduates."―Michael Giltz, Huffington Post
"One of the author's all-time most inspirational speeches."―Josh Wigler, MTV.com
"The graduation gift book of the spring."―Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
About the Author
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series, including The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm. As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. She lives in Edinburgh.
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This really should've just been posted to Harvard's website for free.
At any rate, I imagine witnessing this speech was quite a treat. It was funny and honest and devoid of arrogance one might expect from someone who's experienced this amount of success. It focused on three important themes:
- success and failure should be defined for yourself
- failure brings with it the gift of fearlessness, and presents opportunities to begin again
- empathy and understanding of one's own privilege is an important tool in understanding your reality and believing in your possibilities