J.K. Rowling Tells Harvard Grads Why Success Begins with Failure

Here’s J.K. Rowling speaking with eloquence at Harvard’s graduation, 2008. You’ll find a little wit (although far different than the kind on display when Sacha Baron Cohen — a.k.a. Ali G & Borat — spoke at Harvard graduation festivities in 2004). And then there’s the sage advice that she dispenses. Some good thoughts on why success is ultimately predicated on failure (thoughts that call to mind Steve Jobs’ now famous talk at Stanford), and why we need to exercise the power of imagination — and empathy — in the broadest sense. We have other fine graduation speeches posted below.

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