Magazine article Success

The Magic of Dreams

Magazine article Success

The Magic of Dreams

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Failure. Rejection. Domestic abuse. Divorce. Clinical depression. These were the nightmares experienced by an out-of-work single mother living on welfare and contemplating suicide.

If that person wrote a book for kids, would you let your kids read it? More than 400 million people have.

If that person wrote novels leading to movies about magic, good and evil, life and death, do you think they would be successful? Eight blockbuster movies with box office earnings totaling more than $7 billion suggest they might.

Going from broke, jobless and living on the dole to a multimillionaire in less than five years sounds like a great American rags-to-riches story, except J.K. Rowling is British and today she's richer than the queen of England.

Although I haven't read any of her books, the story behind the story is riveting, fantastical and seemingly magical.

Seven years after graduating university, the unemployed divorced mother saw herself as "the biggest failure" she knew. Clinically depressed and contemplating suicide, she turned her despair into her inspiration.

"Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me," Rowling said in a 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University titled "The Fringe Benefits of Failure." "Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where 1 truly belonged. …

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