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Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling Review

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
"We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."
Dressed in red gowns with a matching square shaped caps, students anxiously waits for graduation to start. Time slowly ticks by as it begins with a commencement speech deliver by a guest speaker. Many would wonder if this speech would change their lives, or simple go through one ear and out the other, so they patiently listen. In 2008, J.K. Rowling spoke to Harvard University graduating class about failure and imagination that recently been published into a book called Very Good Lives. 

Graduation/commencement season is here. To commence this milestone in a student life, let's read a compelling speech by J.K. Rowling, the renown author of the Harry Potter series. Honestly, I never knew she spoke at commencement until I stumbled across Very Good Lives at a local bookstore. After twenty minutes, I finished reading. A compelling speech that let fellow graduates recognize that failure is not something one cannot avoid:
"You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. 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."
Failure is a part of life and a part of the learning process because one cannot achieve greatness if one did not faced failure in the beginning. If one never experience ultimate defeat, then one had not experience life at all. To live is to learn from these missteps and fix them before they farther damage life.

Imagination, a powerful tool of humanity. This subject heavily emphasized in Rowling's speech. She said humans have an astonishing skill of placing themselves in other people situations; yet some tend to ignore it. People have the ability to change the world if they use their imagination to to create a better tomorrow:  
"It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people's lives simply by existing."
Each individual effect another person's life one way or another. Small changes accumulate to improving many lives. Life is not worth living if it is not a good life:
"'As is a tale, so if life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters."'
A wonderful gift for upcoming graduates. A moving speech that will surely motivate one way or another.

Rating: 4/5 stars

I linked below the video of the wonderful speech by Rowling.

J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard University Commencement 2008
source: YouTube


Harvard University. "J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard University Commencement 2008." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube. 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 10 May 2015.

Rowling, J.K. Very Good Lives. New York: Little Brown, 2015. Print.


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