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

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force....

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

  • Taylor Knight

    Everything about this book is beautiful. Jo has a such a way with words.

    Not only is this book inspirational but it's also really funny.

    I loved the way the book was put together. The little doodles and art was really cool.

    And even though this book is short (80 pages but it's a speech) and maybe a little expensive for only 80 pages, it's totally worth it. Plus, the proceeds of its sales go to Jo's Lumos charity.

  • Franco  Santos

    “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.”
    Gran discurso de Rowling. Me gustó mucho. Algunas ideas tratadas ya estaban sobreexplotadas hasta el punto de ser casi tópicos, pero recato las partes del rol de la imaginación y su relación con la empatía y cómo el fracaso nos revela lo que realmente debemos seguir, como una especie de filtro.

    Perfecto para ocupar unos minutos libres, puesto que es breve y va ...more

  • Sushi

    "We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

    This woman never ceases to blow my mind into smithereens with her words, and this expressively, yet eloquently put novella with less than a hundred pages is no exception. Rowling talks us through her life experiences and the best way to move forward with baggage that every one of us has to some extent.

    "It is impossible to live without failing at somethin
    ...more

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    simply inspiring.

  • Pooja

    In Very Good Lives, J.K. Rowling shares the benefits of failure in one's life and why it is a necessity to overcome fears.

    I was browsing JKR's interview videos and stumbled upon this.

    That moment, something changed inside me.

    It's like you read a book and you know it has altered you in a good way, but you can't put it in words until you go back retrospecting.

    When I happened to know it was a commencement speech, I didn't know what does that word even mean!

    Commencement: a new start, beginning.

    So w
    ...more

  • Shannon (leaninglights)

    I may be in the minority here, but I had never heard or read Very Good Lived before now. It is JK Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard in 2008. I picked up the book because the proceeds of its sales go to JK's Lumos charity and also because it's JK Freaking Rowling. The book is small, as it is a speech, but it is beautifully written and put together. Alongside JK's inspiring and thought-provoking words there are illustrations and doodles that add so much to the reading experience. I absolute ...more

  • 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 😜

  • Khadidja

    “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 really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and ...more