JK Rowling Talks About the Benefits of Failure

If we haven’t failed at something by the time you reach midlife, we probably aren’t trying to break boundaries or reach our deepest dreams. This video of JK Rowling’s commencement speech to Harvard graduates delivers a profound message–that “rock bottom is a solid foundation” from which realize that when you have nothing left to lose, you are completely free to start anew on the path to your life’s ambitions.

She said it better than I did, as you would expect from the author of the Harry Potter books, so take a watch.

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


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