J.K. Rowling is considered as one of the most famous authors of all time, her Harry Potter series of books have become a staple of modern pop culture. But before Rowling became famous, successful and wealthy, she struggled to make ends meet for years.
In her commencement speech at Harvard, Rowling talks about what those years of hardship she endured have taught her about life. She also talks about her job at Amnesty International and all that it taught her about the power of imagination, which allows people to foster empathy and turn the world into a better place for everybody.
Below are some inspiring words from her speech.
Benefits of Failure
Importance of Imagination
Below is the video of J.K. Rowling’s inspiring commencement speech at Harvard.
J.K. Rowling Harvard Speech in a Book Form
Publisher Little, Brown will be releasing JK Rowling’s 2008 Harvard speech in the form of a book titled Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. The book will be illustrated by Joel Holland and published worldwide on 14th April 2015.
One of the best known books based on commencement speeches is David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water, based on his Kenyon College speech in 2005.
Some of recent famous commencement speeches adapted into books include You’re Not Special based on David McCullough Jr’s speech at Wellesley High School graduation, and Congratulations, By the Way based on George Saunders speech at Syracuse University.
In years to come it will be interesting to see how J.K. Rowling’s book based on her inspiring commencement speech at Harvard will be compared to other books based on speeches.