Power Woman Of The Week: 4 Important Life Lessons From Joanne Rowling

If there is one person in this world who proved that no matter how bad your situation is, with the right attitude you will be able to turn it all around, it will be Joanne Rowling. The English writer was penniless when she moved back to England after divorcing her former Portuguese husband and describes this period as ‘rock bottom’.

She decided to finally finish her Harry Potter books and send them to agents and publishers. Although she was turned down by few and told ‘not to quit her day-job’ this decision is probably the best she ever made.

Nowadays Rowling belongs to Britain’s wealthiest women, is even richer than the Queen and is highly involved in charity work. She tries to inspire and motivate her fans whenever she can, the most well-known example possibly will be how she motivated and ‘counseled’ Evanna Lynch during her recovery from anorexia.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that J.K. Rowling had to become CGD’s Power Woman of the Week at least once. During interviews she gives the most inspiring and motivational life lessons from which we all could learn.

We picked our favorites and give you 4 important life lessons we learned from J.K. Rowling:

#1 – Make the best of every situation

”Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short lived marriage had imploded and I was a jobless alone parent and as poor as it was possible to be in Britain without being homeless.”

Whatever your rock bottom is, you will be able to turn it all around! No matter what you have done or what your are going through, it is never too late to pursue your dream and absolutely go for it!

#2 – Take responsibility

“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

Sometimes it is hard to admit that no matter what someone did to you or what your background is, there comes a time that you can held no one else responsible for outcomes but yourself.

#3 – You are more than the things you did or did not do

“Your qualifications are not your life.”

No matter how many degrees you have, or how many studies you did not finish, your qualifications (and grades) are not you or your life! It is good if you are well-educated, but don’t let it define you or how you treat the people around you. Success is, luckily,  not measured by the amount of qualifications you have.

#4 – It is all about attitude 

”Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.” 

Focus on things that are important to you and be yourself.

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  1. Great post! JK Rowling is so inspirational… I watched a documentary of her where she went back to the house she lived in when she was really struggling, and there were some Harry Potter books on the shelf, owned by the person who was living there now – really shows how much things can change if you work hard and never give up! Xx


  2. i look up to her because she helped a lot of people with the money she got, it is nice to see that someone has not forgotten how it was being penniless

  3. Loved this! I’m a huge J.K Rowling fan, not just because of her books, but because of her as a person, she’s so inspiring x


  4. J. K. is one of My role models in life, has been since I was just a little kid and read My first Harry Potter. It’s not just that Harry Potter is on My short all time favorites list, but this woman is one of the strongest, most perseverant and inspiring humans in the world. Not to mention that I dream of becoming a writer, and She is the first woman to become a millionaire off of writing. Hah so it is a huge example to look up to!

    The Chronic Dreamer

  5. Love these words of wisdom!! I had no idea of Joanne’s background story – very Inspirational!


  6. What an inspirational article, loved it!


  7. What I love most about Rowling is that she’s not just an author that writes amazing books that we never hear from. She’s involved. She’s compassionate. She’s doing what she does because it’s her passion, not for the money. Which honestly is probably what has led to her success. I’d much rather buy a book from someone who believes their words have something to teach me. Or an emotion that they want me to feel. If they believe in their work, I’ll believe in it too.

    -Marisa | https://marisahendrickson.com/

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