How did a single, depressed mother managed to become a billionaire?
J.K. Rowling – the famous novelist, her greatest work on the adventures of Harry Potter has changed her life forever. Unfortunately, she had previously experienced a lot of failures and, as she mentions, had no easy life. What life lessons can she give you?
Follow your dreams, not your parents’.
Joanne’s parents hoped that their daughter would take vocational degree. But she dreamed of studying classical philology. Her parents got to know what she was studying the day of her graduation! Would she have achieved all this if she had listened to her parents instead of her own desires? Would she be happy and fulfilled?
“The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
You reach the bottom to bounce back and climb even higher.
The writer mentions when her short-lived marriage fell apart and she became a single, jobless mother, as poor as possible without being homeless.
“…by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
How did she deal with it?
She put all her energy into finishing one thing that mattered to her. She strived to succeed in the field she wanted to cultivate the most. What’s the lesson for you? Set one goal, something you dream about and focus on it! If you spend time and energy on it, you will surely achieve amazing results!
“Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”
Your life is not your CV or check-list of your achievements. Your life is your dreams, fulfillment and life satisfaction! Don’t be afraid of defeat, because much worse than failure is inaction.
Be afraid of inactivity, no defeat!
“Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. 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. “
Treat every failure as a lesson!
What does imagination do?
J. K. Rowling emphasizes that imagination allows us to visualize what we don’t have and put ourselves in the situation of other people. He talks about her work at Amnesty International. Ordinary people who live in a democratic, secure country join together to help those who don’t have such privileges. This power of imagination and empathy allows us to change the world for the better place. Don’t narrow your horizons and don’t stay in your comfort zone. Use your imagination to change the reality – your own and others’.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”