In honor of the release of The Silkworm, this week’s inspiring quote comes from J.K Rowling. The clip featured below comes from the June 5, 2oo8 Harvard Commencement in which J.K Rowling delivered the keynote address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.” Never have truer words been spoken:
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.