Wednesday, December 7, 2011

JK Rowling on Failure and Imagination

JK Rowling's address to Harvard graduates is one of the most inspiring I've ever read. I hadn't known her depth of understanding or experience in true-life matters, aside from what we hear all the time: "She wrote Harry Potter on napkins in cafes," until I read this. She really "gets" it.

Her thoughts on failure are uplifting and inspiring, and she definitely understands her way around the English language.

Please take the time to read (or listen to) her address, located here. Her message is valuable! Plus, she's funny. :-)

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know this existed. Great stuff.

  2. I was referring to the commencement speech, not your blog. I knew that existed.

  3. I'd heard she'd given an amazing speech and thank you for the opportunity to hear it. And it really was amazing!

  4. This is so cool. Thank you for sharing it. :D

  5. I was a film major, business minor. When I graduated, I tried to get on a few film projects but at the time I really just wanted to start making money. For the next SEVEN YEARS I was trying to make money and I had some success but I realized that one of the reasons I was trying to create more passive streams of income was so that I could make time for creative projects. But everything I was attempting was sucking time away from creative endeavors. And copyrights on created works can be a great asset for passive income. So why not just start writing and creating??? That was MY aha moment where I started giving myself permission to let go of some business stuff, get a regular paying job, and start aggressively pursuing my creative dreams. Wish I had heard this from Rowling sooner!

  6. Chad - :-) I got you. :-)

    Kittie - yeah, I'd heard the same! I'm sooo glad I came across it!

    Nisa - no problem! It's so uplifting.

    Matt - I know, same here. Though I hadn't been going back and forth as long as seven years, I sure did a lot of time wasting due to my fear of failure. I wish I'd heard her speech sooner!