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

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 When J.K. Rowling was invited to deliver the commencement address at Harvard University, she chose to speak to the gradua...

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Title:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Author:J.K. Rowling
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:74 pages pages

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

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jan 04, 2017

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

  • Brina
    Feb 03, 2016

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

    ?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. Find more of my books on Instagram ...

    "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." ...

    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 ab...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Apr 08, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

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

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 13, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Jan 08, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

  • Jeff
    May 07, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

    ?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. Find more of my books on Instagram ...

    "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." ...

    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 ab...

    ?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 to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I reall...

    Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it! ...

  • Khadidja Megaache
    Mar 18, 2017

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

    ?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. Find more of my books on Instagram ...

    "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." ...

    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 ab...

    ?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 to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I reall...

  • Jayson
    May 23, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Aug 01, 2016

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

    ?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. Find more of my books on Instagram ...

    "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." ...

  • Kai
    Apr 21, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

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

    (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. ...

    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)?it is still memorable. It speaks to the natu...

    ?? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? '????' ?? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??????..??? ?? ...

    ?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. Find more of my books on Instagram ...