WHERE: Harvard University, 2011
BEST FOR: Those times when you feel a bit like you’re snorkelling through golden syrup in life.
VIBE: The world’s richest author reminds us that in her late twenties she had ‘failed on an epic scale’ as a newly divorced, jobless single mother. But hitting rock bottom was also when she ‘stopped pretending’ – and finally pursued her writing ambitions, knowing she had nothing to lose. She credits failure with revealing an inner strength and discipline and ‘stripping away the inessential’ in life. POST-IT-NOTE QUOTE: ‘It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default.’