When J.K. Rowling was invited to deliver the commencement address at Harvard University, she chose to speak to the graduating class about two topics very close to her heart: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. Having the courage to fail, she said, is as vital to a good life as any conventional measure of success; imagining ourselves into the place of another--particularly someone less fortunate than ourselves--is a uniquely human quality to be nurtured at all costs. The stories Rowling shared and the provocative questions she asked of those young graduates have since inspired countless others to consider what it means to live a "good life." Now in print for the first time, her words serve as both a comfort and a call to arms for anyone--of any age--who finds themselves at a turning point. In daring to take a risk, and perhaps fail, and by harnessing the power of our imaginations, we can all begin to live less cautiously and, in doing so, become more open to the opportunities life has to offer....
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Reviews
Un discurso increíble en una edición simplemente espectacular. Rowling consigue emocionar narrando experiencias de su pasado que le han formado como personas, tratando de transmitirle al lector que la vida es mucho más que un trabajo. La vida es una experiencia continua que hay que vivir, y la cual hay que afrontar con inteligencia e imaginación. Hay pasajes de su vida complicados, duros y llenos de tristeza, pero ella consigue resumirlos en algo similar a las cenizas del ave Fénix: destruido mo ...more
Everything about this book is beautiful. Jo has a such a way with words.
Not only is this book inspirational but it's also really funny.
I loved the way the book was put together. The little doodles and art was really cool.
And even though this book is short (80 pages but it's a speech) and maybe a little expensive for only 80 pages, it's totally worth it. Plus, the proceeds of its sales go to Jo's Lumos charity.
(B+) 78% | Good
Notes: Her advice isn't especially deep or revelatory or new, but it's presented well and reading it just makes you feel better.
Super short, but truly inspirational. It's amazing that the only reason we have the Harry Potter books today was because J.K.Rowling failed in everything else :) I don't mean it in a bad way. On the contrary, failure sometimes can free us and allow us to focus on the things we wouldn't even notice otherwise.
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a commencement speech at Harvard University. Years after her visit to Harvard, people still talk about it and because of the impact it has made the speech was published today, April 14th, in book form. The sales of Very Good Lives will benefit Lumos, a non-profit international children’s organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world.
J.K. Rowling said about the charity:
“Lumos is a spell I created in H ...more
Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf.
The reason I gave this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it was so short. This is the published form of J K Rowling's commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2008. Her words of wisdom ring true to all, and she even managed to sneak in a few Potter references. I finished in about 15 minutes, and am wishful to think that J K can publish a longer book of essays, which I am sure many of us would be happy to read.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
This genius woman. J. K. Rowling you're my favourite author. You forever will be.
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