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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.

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