Where Harvard University, 2011
Best for Those times when you feel a bit like you’re snorkelling through treacle 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 living on the breadline. But hitting rock bottom was also when she “stopped pretending” – and finally pursued her writing ambitions full-throttle, 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 have lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default.”
Skip to 13mins 24secs – it’s here that she practically makes you want to fail, as she talks about it as her lifechanging watershed moment.