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“I Had Failed On An Epic Scale” – J.K Rowling



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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure and as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called real life, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations.

Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will and more discipline than I had suspected. I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies.

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are ever after secure in your ability to survive.

You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift for all that is painfully one and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.

So given a time Turner, I would tell my twenty-one year old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement.

Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two.

Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone’s total control and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.

By any conventional measure a mere seven years after my graduation day I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded and I was jobless, a lone parent and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless.

The fears that my parents had had for me and that I had had for myself had both come to pass and by every usual standard I was the biggest failure I knew. Now I’m not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun, that period of my life was a dark one and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairytale resolution. I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

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 where I believed I truly belonged.

I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized and I was still alive and I still had a daughter whom I adored and I had an old typewriter and a big idea and so rock-bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

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.

Now you might think that I choose my second theme the importance of imagination because of the part it played in rebuilding my life but that is not wholly so though I personally will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp.

J.K Rowling

I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense, imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation in its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity. It is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

One of the many things I learned at the end of that classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18 in search of something I could not then define was this written by the Greek author Plutarch, what we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives, it expresses in part our inescapable connection with the outside world. The fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing but how much more are you likely to touch other people’s lives?

Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received give you unique status and unique responsibilities even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower.

J.K Rowling

The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders, that is your privilege and your burden.

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice, if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but with the powerless, if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change.

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.





Who Is J.K Rowling?

J.K. Rowling is best known as the author of the world-renowned Harry Potter series. The books have won multiple awards and sold more than 400 million copies. She has a B.A. in French and Classics at the University of Exeter (UK).



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