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J.K. Rowling Harvard Address: You need both failure and imagination!

J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling’s address to Harvard grads in 2008 will be published as an illustrated book “Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.”

Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement “I have heard and read many commencement speeches, none more moving and memorable than J.K. Rowling’s. Years after her visit to Harvard, people still talk about it — and still find inspiration in her singular evocation of the idea that living a meaningful life so often means daring to risk failure. What a powerful example she embodies, and what a remarkable gift her speech was, and is, for all of us privileged to hear it then — and to read it now.”

Rowlings’ two main messages are: there are benefits of failure and imagination is crucially important. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology you can hear her speech by clicking on the link below. If you have some time listen to her speech because I (Clare) found it inspiring and funny.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2014/12/02/rowling-harvard-commencement-speech-illustrated-book/mIvzElYtypZUUoYnmLSDfM/story.html