Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination byJ. K. Rowling
For years now I've been admiring the talks and writings of JK Rowling, as it is clear her own life experiences and the hardships she lived, have shaped her into a fascinating and wise person.
In her interviews and life documentaries it is obvious to me that she is a very genuine and caring person with a fantastic view of the world and how she can contribute to it.
Then in her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, she shared some real insights that became viral as more and more people had a chance to read them for herself.
The good news is that this speech is now published as a book in kindle or hardcover printed that you can glean her philosophy for yourself.
JK Rowling's life advice:
*On the benefits of failure*
"There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you."
"I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates."
"I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution. "
"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. "
Some excerpts from "(Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination) Author: J. K. Rowling published on (April, 2015)
I just love the way this woman thinks... her values and ethics are outstanding... and what a brain!!!
Here are some more excerpts for you:
On the power of imagination and empathy
"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."
"Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are."
"Those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy."
"Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone."
"One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: ‘What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing."
And I especially appreciate this one:"As is a tale, so is life:
not how long it is,
but how good it is,
is what matters."
Grab your copy here: (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination) Author: J. K. Rowling published on (April, 2015)
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