Two years ago, J.K. Rowling got an opportunity to deliver her Commencement Address at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Title of her speech was: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”.
I would highly recommend you to hear her speech, it is humorous, inspirational and filled with bits of wisdom.
She talks about how she failed big time in the early part of her life.
Although she was a huge failure she learned a lot from her experience. That tough period filtered small and unimportant things from her life and let her focus on the only activity that mattered to her – writing. As she says, if she has been a success in some other aspects, she may never have sat down to write novels which made her famous worldwide.
Enjoy her speech.