Before she was a famous author adored by millions and became the world’s third highest paid celebrity, Joanne Kathleen “J.K.” Rowling was a newly divorced single mom living on welfare. “I was the biggest failure I knew,” Rowling stated in a commencement speech delivered to Harvard University’s class of 2008. “I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything but what I was.” But as Rowling goes on to explain, the knowledge of her plight did not plunge her into despair, but forced her to embrace her passion for writing with all the everything she had left. And twenty years after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published, we can safely say she didn’t do to badly for herself. Watch this Goalcast edit of her speech and get inspired!
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