She takes the titles of being a writer and a philanthropist and has inspired and entertained children and adults across the globe.J.K. Rowling is the acclaimed author of the Harry Potter book series that released its final book in 2007.
Her life was an example of one of the most amazing “Rags to Riches” experiences.
After teaching English in Spain, post the passing of her mother, Rowling got married and had one daughter named Jessica. This marriage had sadly failed, so Rowling decided to move back to the UK with her daughter. They were extremely poor and Rowling struggled with depression for quite some time.
To get her mind of things, she would ride buses and sit in cafes for entire day, with her daughter, writing the first Harry Potter book.
Post completing the book she approached the three most recognized book publishing companies: HarperCollins, Penguin and Trans World; she was rejected, a total of 12 times.
A children’s book publishing company, however, gave Rowling a chance and the book became an instant success and whilst making the book, the decision was made that Rowling’s name would be abbreviated in order to attract more male readers.
She very quickly became one the most successful and influential women in the world and was awarded Author of the Year in 2000. She has also been given the OBE (Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen for her aids to child literacy.
She went from being gravely impoverished and built an empire that is, today, worth more than US$15 Billion.
From her successes, she has been able to start the Volant Charitable Trust which combats poverty and social inequality and has, through this, been able to support children’s homes, one parent families and multiple sclerosis research.
One of the most prevalent characteristics of Rowling, are that she perseveres and is determined in everything what she does. She followed her dream and used her talent that lead her to entrepreneurial greatness. She used labor and entrepreneurship skills to get her to where she is today and her democratic and transactional leading style are two things have made people want to work with her.
Through her charity, she has assisted many people with getting a better quality of life. She has pushed for more medical research to be done on possibly fatal diseases and conditions.
In my opinion, I think that J.K. Rowling is a wonderful example of someone who never gives up, even when the going gets tough. She went with her intuition and took a risk that has changed her life in the most amazing ways.