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J.K.罗琳谈失败的额外收益



  这是J.K.罗琳在哈佛大学2008年毕业典礼上的演讲。这位全球最著名的当代魔幻小说家在台上讲述的是其亲身经历的故事,同时也是几经磨难、走出黑暗日子后发自内心的感慨。她曾同时经受感情与经济的双重打击;她说,在座的高材生们大抵不会经历像她那般的巨大失败,但漫漫人生,偶然的失败无可避免。
  失恋、考试落败、比赛落选……有人因失败一蹶不振,有人奋而再起,罗琳是后者的榜样。
  
  President Faust, members of the Harvard 2)Corporation and the Board of 3)Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.
  The first thing I would like to say is “thank you.” Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and 4)nausea I have endured at the thought of giving this 5)commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, 6)squint at the red banners and convince myself that I am at the world’s largest 7)Gryffindor reunion.
  Actually, I have wracked my mind and heart for what I ought to say to you today. I have asked myself what I wish I had known at my own graduation, and what important lessons I have learned in the 21 years that has expired between that day and this.
  On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure.
  Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself, and what those closest to me expected of me. I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from 8)impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal 9)quirk that could never pay a 10)mortgage, or secure a 11)pension. I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. ......
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