Talks | Best of the Web

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

Filmed Jun 2008 • Posted Jan 2010 Harvard University
Harvard University
  • FavoriteFavorited
  • Rate

You can share this video by copying this HTML to your clipboard and pasting into your blog or web page.

560 x 315
640 x 360
853 x 480
Loading …

Best of the Web” curates inspired talks and video from around the web.
Enjoy, rate and comment!


Watch this video at Harvard Magazine »

You either have JavaScript turned off or have an old version of the Adobe Flash Player. To view this rating widget you need to get the latest Flash player.
If your browser allows only "trusted sites" to execute Javascript, you should add the "googleapis.com" domain to your whitelist to allow our Flash detection to work properly.

TED Conversations

Comment on this Talk

341 total comments

This comment will be attributed to . Not ? Sign Out.

Characters remaining: 2000

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

This comment will be attributed to . Not ? Sign Out.

Characters remaining: 2000

At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."

JK Rowling penned the bestselling Harry Potter page-turners -- a spellbinding, seven-installment fantasy of wizards, warlocks and decidedly British texture that brought her from rags to riches. Full bio »

Related playlists New View more »

  • Advice to help you be a great parent 11
    Advice to help you be a great parent
    Curated by TED Kids don’t come with a manual, and parents don’t get grades to affirm they’re doing things right. These talks speak to the complexities of...
  • 9 trippy TED Talks 9
    9 trippy TED Talks
    Curated by TED These surprising, slightly psychedelic talks are better than staring at a blacklight poster.
  • Talks to watch with kids 11
    Talks to watch with kids
    Curated by TED Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds.

What to Watch Next

Play_icon

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Play_botw_icon

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Play_botw_icon

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

What Your Friends are Watching

Related Topics

Creative Commons

We want you to share our Talks!

Just follow the guidelines outlined under our Creative Commons license.