Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

This is JK Rowling's speech that she gave at Harvard in 2008. I've posted the link to it (it's not that long though), purely due to the fact that I found so motivating/inspiring. It's the perfect thing to hear before beginning year 12. I hope it has the same effect on you that it had on me.
Click here to read it.

Here is my favourite part:

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 than any qualification I ever earned.