Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Benefits of Failure

This speech left me with goosebumps and that surging feeling in my stomach that catches your breath and makes you feel weightless but corporeal enough to move mountains. I hope I never lose my glassy eyes when I see something as sincere and inspired as this. It's an ode to the young, the old, and everyone in between with dreams of greatness and fear of failure.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

"So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply 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. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realiszed, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."

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