The Fringe Benefits of Failure

I recently stumbled upon this very powerful talk given by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. It is the 2008 Harvard commencement address. The video is 18 minutes long and worth watching from beginning to end, but for now I just want to focus on the first 12 minutes as Rowling talks about the benefits of failure. It is a gripping story with some very powerful advice.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

Don’t speed through this – watch it when you have time to take it in and think through the ramifications. Be honest with yourself as you consider how much of our lives we avoid risk for fear of failure, and how much of life we might have missed because of those decisions.

Here is one of her thoughts to live by:

“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 failed by default.” J.K. Rowling

I found the discussion gripping. Hope you do as well.

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Jeff Shore is the Founder and President of Shore Consulting, Inc. a company specializing in field-tested and proven consumer psychology-based sales training programs.

Jeff is a top-selling author, host of the popular sales podcast, The Buyer’s Mind, and an award-winning keynote speaker. He holds the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the NSA’s exclusive Million Dollar Speaker’s Group.

With over 30 years of real-world, frontline experience, Jeff’s advanced sales strategies spring from extensive research into the psychology of buying and selling. He teaches salespeople how to climb inside the mind of their customers to sell the way their buyers want to buy. Using these modern, game-changing techniques, Jeff Shore’s clients generated over $30 billion in sales last year.