J.K. ROWL­ING

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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.’

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