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The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 September 2008

 




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The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination
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Posted DateSunday 28 September 2008 20:04 GDT
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Linkshttp://harvardmagazine.com/go/jkrowling.html 

I recently tweeted this talk of J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivering her Commencement Address, The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Its a great address and I had several people who commented how much they enjoyed it. It was brought to my attention by Heather Davis - thank you Heather. Here is a quote from the transcript that Heather sent me:
You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.

Credit: J.K. Rowling
Enjoy the video!


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




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