J.K. Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination (Commencement speech at Harvard, 2008)
Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford was one of the best speeches I have seen so far. This commencement speech by Joanne K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008 is on a par.
It seems that those who experienced major setbacks in their life can deliver the best speeches to graduates.
So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
This is the first appearance after the primaries of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Unity, NH. Definitely not the best speeches of them both, but it’s interesting to see how they deal with the preceding primaries.
C-Span had some difficulties with the feed during Obama’s speech. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find another recording.
Guy Kawasaki talks about why entrepreneurs need mantras instead of mission statements and why they should ask women about their business model. This one is a must-see for all people thinking about starting a business.
If you’re interested in more of his thoughts, visit his blog.