Very Good Lives

“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. “

For the first time in print, Very Good Lives is famed author J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech. In her speech, she talks about the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. I had never heard her speech before and picked up the book on a whim after I saw it on Myleik Teele’s Instagram ( a must follow!). While you can watch her speech on YouTube, the book is a definite must. A short read, it serves as a great pick me up and a definite must have for graduates.

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Read it. Watch the speech. Let it reaffirm a few things for you; let it push you and let it remind you not to be afraid of failure.

J.K. Rowling’s hope, as is mine, is that we all live good lives; very good lives.

“We do not need magic to transform the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”


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