“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” (33)
About the book:
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling was the commencement address that she gave at Harvard in 2009. She focuses on two main topics the importance of imagination and the benefits of failure. As a writer, imagination is obviously close to Rowling’s heart but she uses her speech to show imagination as important for everyone, from stockbrokers to playwrights. She highlights imaginations ability to increase empathy and understanding, something that is needed more and more in this world. Rowling also emphasized how failure is what pushed her to achieve her goals. She does this while acknowledging the privilege that she has as an educated white woman. Her words are well thought out, inspiring and relatable.
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Rowling, J.K. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination . Little Brown and Company, 2015.