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Archive for February 2nd, 2010

Speaking of Learning from Failure…

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

This is amazing. I posted my last column with two quotes about learning from making mistakes. Not long after that, I came across a link to a speech by JK Rowling (Author of the Harry Potter series). She spoke to graduates of Harvard.

What did she want to tell them? The benefits of failure (these are graduates of Harvard, after all) and the importance of imagination. She is respectful, thoughtful, and warm. The speech left me inspired, blown away.

If you know me at all, you know I do not enjoy spectating. I do not watch TV in my own home, and rarely elsewhere (usually when forced to in a restaurant or waiting area). I do not go to movies (the last one I saw in a theatre was The Lion King when it first came out, and I’ve never had a VCR). I watch a few online videos, but I must say that if they are longer than 5 minutes I sometimes choose to skip the experience.

JK Rowling speaks for 20 minutes. I figured I could knit while she talked. I had knitting in my hands but stopped making stitches. I finally just put the needles down. I found it wonderful. I will watch it again, it was so inspiring to me.

I hope even one of you enjoys this as much as I did.

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