[00:05.12]I've come out ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock.
[00:13.13]Achievable goals: the first step to self improvement.
[00:19.27]Actually, I have wracked my mind and heart for what I ought to say to you today.
[00:25.20]I have asked myself what I wish I had known at my own graduation,
[00:30.00]and what important lessons I have learned in the 21 years that have expired between that day and this.
[00:37.39]I have come up with two answers.
[00:40.30]On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success,
[00:45.53]I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure.
[00:50.56]And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called 'real life',
[00:55.40]I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.
[01:00.34]These may seem quixotic or paradoxical choices, but please bear with me.
[01:06.26]Looking back at the 21-year-old that I was at graduation,
[01:10.13]is a slightly uncomfortable experience for the 42-year-old that she has become.
[01:15.41]Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself,
[01:22.27]and what those closest to me expected of me.
[01:26.32]I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels.