J.K. Rowling Motivational Speech
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J.K. Rowling – Author
” I mean seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an Epic scale, an exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded and I was jobless alone, 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. Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.
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. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. 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 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 way.
The 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 the titties painfully won and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned. So given a time Turner, I would tell my 21 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.”
– J.K. Rowling