When J.K. Rowling was invited to deliver the commencement address at Harvard University, she chose to speak to the graduating class about two topics very close to her heart: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. Having the courage to fail, she said, is as vital to a good life as any conventional measure of success; imagining ourselves into the place of another--particularly someone less fortunate than ourselves--is a uniquely human quality to be nurtured at all costs. The stories Rowling shared and the provocative questions she asked of those young graduates have since inspired countless others to consider what it means to live a "good life." Now in print for the first time, her words serve as both a comfort and a call to arms for anyone--of any age--who finds themselves at a turning point. In daring to take a risk, and perhaps fail, and by harnessing the power of our imaginations, we can all begin to live less cautiously and, in doing so, become more open to the opportunities life has to offer....
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Reviews
The reason I gave this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it was so short. This is the published form of J K Rowling's commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2008. Her words of wisdom ring true to all, and she even managed to sneak in a few Potter references. I finished in about 15 minutes, and am wishful to think that J K can publish a longer book of essays, which I am sure many of us would be happy to read.
“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
Very inspiring! JK Rowling has a magical way with words. Love it!
I enjoyed and admire Rowling’s speech to Harvard graduates (class of 2008). If it is not quite the equal of the greatest commencement addresses of this century—David Foster Wallace at Kenyon (2005), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)—it is still memorable. It speaks to the nature of its audience, gives good advice both on how to profit from adversity and also how to discern what is valuable, and—as a bonus—it illustrates its points with revealing glimpses into the heart of one of the most succes ...more
Everything about this book is beautiful. Jo has a such a way with words.
Not only is this book inspirational but it's also really funny.
I loved the way the book was put together. The little doodles and art was really cool.
And even though this book is short (80 pages but it's a speech) and maybe a little expensive for only 80 pages, it's totally worth it. Plus, the proceeds of its sales go to Jo's Lumos charity.
Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it!
"We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."
This woman never ceases to blow my mind into smithereens with her words, and this expressively, yet eloquently put novella with less than a hundred pages is no exception. Rowling talks us through her life experiences and the best way to move forward with baggage that every one of us has to some extent.
"It is impossible to live without failing at somethin ...more
(B+) 78% | Good
Notes: Her advice isn't especially deep or revelatory or new, but it's presented well and reading it just makes you feel better.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
This genius woman. J. K. Rowling you're my favourite author. You forever will be.
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