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The Magic of Dreams


Domestic abuse.
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 I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Rowling wrote her first novel in cafes, walking from one to the other, taking her daughter with her so she would tire along the way and sleep while Rowling wrote.

She pounded out her first manuscript on a manual typewriter and completed it in 1995, the year of her 30th birthday.

Numerous publishers rejected the manuscript before the owner of a small publishing house was convinced by his 8-year-old daughter to publish the first Harry Potter book.

And the rest of the story you know.

Forbes estimates her fortune at $1 billion, and she was the runner-up for Time magazine’s person of the year in 2007.

Our latest issue of SUCCESS features our achiever of the year and finalists. We search the world over to bring you these stories so you can see that, with persistence, passion and relentless commitment, people with no more resources than the rest of us can indeed make their dreams come true.

I want your dreams to come true, too.
They are possible.
You can achieve them.
Simply never give up.
No matter what, never give up.

When you feel like giving up, what do you do to keep yourself going? Share your comments below and share this post with someone you know is one “no” away from blockbuster success.


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