Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

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"J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a non-profit international organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University."

Posts by The Imperfectionist on Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

 

"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. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged." -J.K. Rowling (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination)

"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. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged." -J.K. Rowling 

 

"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." -J.K. Rowling (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination)

"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." -J.K. Rowling 

 

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement." -J.K. Rowling (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination)

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement." -J.K. Rowling

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