A Commencement Address

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more to me than any qualification I ever earned.

JK Rowling at Harvard University

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: J.K. Rowling stressed the crucial importance of imagination during a speech Thursday at Harvard University’s spring commencement, saying, “We do not need magic to transform our world.”

The “Harry Potter” author also spoke about the benefit of failure, recalling the humiliations of her time in poverty before her career took off with her string of novels about a bespectacled boy wizard. Read the rest of the article here.

‘Yes, it was a magical talk’ according to Corydon Ireland of Harvard News Office.

Read the complete Commencement Address, The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.


1 Comment

  1. I think all of us has a personal story about the fringe benefit of failure. And those who has chosen to move on, to stand up and try again has the most brilliant stories! I can definitely name a few right at this moment. Famous people…but even ordinary people has their story to tell… like you… and me… or the next person beside us on the bus.

    I’m sure you have yours and i know in time you will have more because you’re a dreamer and a fighter. One important lesson to remember, failure is not the end of the world…it’s a start of something better.



    You said it very well, Em.

    Failure defines a person’s character and destiny. We have our share of failures we can very well say that those are the moments that made us stronger and more focus.

    Thanks for dropping by! Lovelots!

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