Latter-day Saint Life

What JK Rowling Can Teach Mormons About Failure


Many fans of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series are aware of the author's incredible rags-to-riches tale—and many have been inspired by it. In this video recently posted to Facebook, Rowling gives an emotional description of her journey and how she found hope and inspiration even in her darkest moments.

"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," Rowling says in the video. "It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all . . . I discovered that I had a strong will and more discipline than I had suspected. I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies."

"The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are ever after secure in your ability to survive," she continued.

The incredible clip calls to mind a well-known talk called "Come What May, and Love It" by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a former member of the Quorum of the Twelve. "In spite of discouragement and adversity," he said, "those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result."

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