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J.K. Rowling and the power of self-determination

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I believe in the power of self determination.

It might seem odd to feature one of the most famous, and wealthiest authors in the world for this post, but Joanne Rowling, as she is formally known, is actually the perfect example of how anyone can be successful, regardless of their background, upbringing, or circumstances.

As you undoubtedly know, Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter novels. What is less well-known is how similar both the creator and the main character are. If you’ve never read the books, the story starts with an orphaned Harry Potter living inside a cupboard under the stairs in the home of his less-than-affectionate aunt and uncle. Rowling, meanwhile, grew up with a mother suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, and a father with whom she was not on speaking terms.

In the books, Harry learns that he is a wizard, and travels to a magical school called Hogwarts – a place very strange and unfamiliar, and where he doesn’t always fit in. As a young woman, Rowling also traveled to a strange and unfamiliar place. Needing a job, she traveled to Portugal to teach English. Here she met her first husband, but it was not a happy marriage. Read More