“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”- J. K. Rowling
The story of J.K Rowling shows what human tenacity and determination can achieve. Coming from welfare to being a world published author in less than 10 years, Rowling’s success story is an inspiration to many people who work hard towards achieving a dream even when the dream seems to fade away at times.
J.K. Rowling was born in Chipping Sudbury, July 31st, 1965. Her childhood was unremarkable as she studied in Gloucestershire and then South Wales. Her ambition to be a writer showed early on when she wrote a book about a rabbit with measles when she was six years old. Rowling then went on to study French at the University of Exeter.
Rowling worked various jobs among them one with Amnesty International. After the death of her mother in 1990, she decided to try something new and travelled to Portugal to become and English teacher. She met her first husband Jorge Arantes and divorced shortly after. She returned to the UK in 1993 and settled in Edinburgh. Life had become tough and she was surviving on welfare while doing odd jobs.
Rowling conceived the Harry Potter story in 1990 while on a train from Manchester to London. It was an idea about a young boy who possessed magical skills but did not know it. She immediately started on the first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She was working on it through her upheavals managing to finish it in 1993.
Efforts to get the first book published were proving fruitless until Bloomsbury agreed to try it. The editor liked the book because his daughters liked it. He offered Rowling £1500 but urged her to continue on her teaching job because success as a writer was not guaranteed. However, the book was a hit with both children and adults.
Rowling’s success as a published writer grew explosively with the publication of six other Harry Potter books. Her book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the biggest selling book on the first day at 372,775 copies on the first day of its release in the UK and 3 million copies in the first 48 hours in the USA. She signed film rights with Warner Bros for Harry Potter films.
J.K. Rowling remains the UK’s most successful living female writer. Her worth is estimated at over £600 million. She is a notable philanthropist supporting charity work in Multiple Sclerosis, families and children.
Affirmation for today:
Success is my birth right and I will achieve it. Thought, determination and action always results in success.