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"The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination"

Video of Harry Potter author JK Rowling's commencement address at Harvard where she spoke about grappling with failure and overcoming it. I have found it very inspiring on multiple levels and address some key challenges of "being creative."

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Perhaps use the comments to pull out your favorite quotes that could be useful for the challenge. Full text of speech here:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/06/text-of-j-k-rowling-speech/

To start:
"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."

"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 other way."

"...those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters..."

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Dan, we are experimenting with prototyping visual ways of connecting similar inspirations using Pinterest – all in order to enable OpenIDEATORS to better collaborate and build on each other’s inspirations.

Your posting is part of the "Embracing Failure" Pinterest board. Check out the field note detailing the Pinterest board.

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-2/

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