Benefits of Failure – J.K.Rowling’s speech
Posted February 13, 2010on:
Every one experiences failure in one’s life.
For a change, I am not writing ideas from the best selling Harry Potter series, rather, I am trying to share the wisdom from speech of Harry Potter series’ author: J.K.Rowling.
Her life is an exampe of ‘rags to riches’ story – She experienced failures, poverty and what not. However, today, she is one of the most celebrated authors in the world.
How? What moved her? What are her ideas about life?
I listend to a really motivating speech of J.K.Rowling, author of Harry Potter Series on benefits of Failure made at Harvard Business School and published in Harvard Magazine in June 2008
To read full text, you may refer to the website of harvard magazine. (http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination)
About J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter Series:
Joanne “Jo” Murray, OBE (née Rowling; born 31 July 1965), better known under the pen name J. K. Rowling, a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies, and been the basis for a popular series of films.
Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and the Children’s High Level Group. (source Wikipedia’s website)
Extracts from her speech:
So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
“… by the Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing ”
Life history of J.K.Rowling and her ideas on life:
Here is the link to watch full speech: