Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Review

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.

Title:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Edition Language:English

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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    simply inspiring. ...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf. ...

  • Jayson

    (B+) 78% | GoodNotes: Her advice isn't especially deep or revelatory or new, but it's presented well and reading it just makes you feel better....

  • Bill  Kerwin

    I enjoyed and admire Rowling’s speech to Harvard graduates (class of 2008). If it is not quite the equal of the greatest commencement addresses of this century—David Foster Wallace at Kenyon (2005...

  • Mohammed Arabey

    قد تعتقد أن تقييمي للكتاب بسبب شغفي بالمؤلفة فحسبفدعونا نتفق أن تقرأ 'خطبة' من تلك الخطب التي تلقي علي الطلبة ي...

  • Kai

    “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 autho...

  • Lala BooksandLala

    "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."...

  • Brina

    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 t...

  • Khadidja

    “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...

  • Rose

    "And rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." All the people in J.K Rowling's life must feel so incredibly blessed. I would.As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I have read a l...