Wisdom From The Creator Of Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling


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This week’s inspirational quote was taken from J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Address to Harvard in 2008.

I’d never heard her speak or be interviewed before and I was impressed by her words.

Here’s some exerpts that I found particularly interesting:  (The video is below)

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default.”

“Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.
J.K. Rowling  Harvard Commencement Address, 2008

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkREt4ZB-ck]