Who wouldn’t know J.K. Rowling?! Best remembered as the author of the Harry Potter series, Rowling is probably the best novelist of our generation on children’s literature. From the time she was about 5 or 6 years old, she already showed her promise of what she could become. And true enough, Rowling realized her potential yet in a very telling situation.
Jo as she is fondly called completed her Bachelors at the University of Exeter. And it was not until 1990 when she conceived the idea of Harry Potter on a delayed train from Manchester to London. At that time, she was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International.
Til then the next 7 years became the most trying times of her life – from the death of her mother to the divorce with her first husband to being jobless while caring for her little child to poverty – all this until Jo finished the first novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The interesting thing here is that – it was still far from a bed of roses after that. Jo still had to go through some trials like Harry Potter being rejected by 12 publishers; that it was not only until after the 8-year-old daughter of Bloomsbury chairman, Alice Newton, read the first chapter of her novel that things started to pick up for Jo.
Well, truly Rowling has a pretty inspiring life story that we could even sense in her words “…rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” And indeed, for somebody who was just depending on state benefits to becoming among the rich and famous – that’s incredible!
And while it has become a common practice for the moneyed to give their “excess” to charity, Rowling has given even more than her 10 per cent Christian share – and to think, she didn’t really even grew up as one. Unlike others who would want to reach or maintain their billionaire status, Rowling has continuously donated to organizations that aid children, one parent families, and multiple sclerosis research through her Volant Charitable Trust which aims to fight poverty and social inequality.
If there’s one who truly deserves to be in Forbes’ most powerful list, it’s our 93rd ranked woman, J.K. Rowling. Morally responsible, “back-boned” – just what a Leader should be.
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