When I graduated from university, Peter Weir, the Australian movie director was awarded an honourary doctorate and gave an excellent speech on the need to be innovaive, persistent and to think critically. It was a great speech, and while I cannot remember much of it now, I do recall the feelings that it elicited.

Some of those feelings were reignited while watching JK Rowling’s Commencement Address at Harvard, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”. You can watch the whole thing at the Harvard Magazine site, or on YouTube in parts. I have embedded part 1 below. Enjoy.