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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 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
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ISBN : 9780316369152
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 74 pages
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Reviews

  • Carol

    Well worth the fifteen (okay, ten) minutes it takes to read.

    In addition, if you want a starting point to have a conversation with your middle or high school age kid, read this together. Listen to what your kid says. Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Just an idea.

  • Kayla Dawn

    Vorab das Buch ist wunderschön aufgemacht, es sind viele süße Illustrationen drin und auch das Buch selbst (ohne Schutzumschlag) ist super schön.

    Die Rede die Rowling hier gehalten hat, war auch sehr schön und inspirierend, nur bin ich mir nicht sicher, ob es wirklich notwenig war, diese zu drucken. Kriege den Gedanken der puren Geldmacherei nicht ganz aus meinem Kopf 😜

  • MischaS_

    “And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.”



    I can tell you right now that this is the only graduation speech I will ever read. Unless J.K.Rowling wil
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  • Josu Grilli

    Un discurso increíble en una edición simplemente espectacular. Rowling consigue emocionar narrando experiencias de su pasado que le han formado como personas, tratando de transmitirle al lector que la vida es mucho más que un trabajo. La vida es una experiencia continua que hay que vivir, y la cual hay que afrontar con inteligencia e imaginación. Hay pasajes de su vida complicados, duros y llenos de tristeza, pero ella consigue resumirlos en algo similar a las cenizas del ave Fénix: destruido mo ...more

  • Jeff

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

  • Jayson

    (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.

  • Archit Ojha

    Life's good.

    You know, that life is 90 percent what happens to you and 10 percent how you react to it.

    Rightly so, we are all defined by the choices that we make. JKR amalgamates humor with emotions exhibiting the knowledge that accrues with time.

    There's a quote from this book that found its place onto my bedroom wall.

    Poverty is romanticized only by the fools.

    Richness comes in various currencies. Friends, money, career, society.

    Make sure you are #1 in each and every one of them.

  • 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."