The Fringe Benefits of Failure

June

I highly recommend that you carve out a few minutes today and read, watch or listen to J.K. Rowling deliver the following commencement address at Harvard. Link (via BoingBoing)

Excerpts:

“I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because 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. …Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. …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….

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