POOR TO BILLIONAIRE – JK Rowling Story | Motivational Speech

POOR TO BILLIONAIRE – JK Rowling Story | Motivational Speech

There’s a quotation that I almost used in
the Harry Potter book. “In magic, man has to rely on himself.” But that’s the perennial
appeal of magic, the idea that we ourselves, have power and we can shape our world. I came
from a place where I was with a, I was a single mother and it really was hand to mouth at
one point. It was as literally as poor as you can get in Britain without being homeless
at one point. If you’ve ever been there, you will never ever take for granted that
you don’t need to worry. Never. I had a very very tiny baby, and then I walked straight
into poverty and depression. Clinical depression, is a terrible place to be because it’s not
sadness. Sadness is not a bad thing. You know, to cry and to feel, but it’s that cold absence
of feeling. It’s even the absence of hope that you can feel better. That really hollowed
out feeling, that’s what the dementors are. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes
depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by
your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself. But poverty itself is romanticised
only by fools. What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty but failure. Ultimately,
we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give
you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional
measure, a mere 7 years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally
short lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it
is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless. The fears that my parents
had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass. And by every usual
standard I was the biggest failure I knew. I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended
and for a long time any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality. So why
do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because 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, into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really
succeeded at anything else I might never have found the determination to succeed in the
one arena where I believed I truly belonged. I was set free. Because my greatest fear had
been realised, 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. You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life
is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you’ve lived
so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you’ve
failed by default. So given a time turner, I would tell my 21 year old self that personal
happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement.
Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life. Though you will meet many people of
my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone’s
total control. And the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.
Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand, without
having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. Written by the
greek author Plutarch, “what we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” That
is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It
expresses in part our inescapable connection with the outside world. The fact that we touch
other people’s lives simply by existing. But how much more are you likely to touch
other people’s lives? We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power
we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better. In the first
Harry Potter book, Dumbledore says to Harry “the happiest man alive would look in the
mirror and see himself exactly as he is”. So I would have to say that I’m pretty close.
As is a tale, so is life. Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. I
wish you all very good lives.


  1. The Outcome says:

    For those that are broke, depressed, and feel there's nowhere to turn to, hold on. Your current situation isn't your destination.

  2. RJ SIMPKINS says:

    Are you here because you searched 'suicide' and are trying to rationalize and justify killing yourself? Look at YouTube videos from people who attempted suicide and lived, using NDE as a search term. Pretty much every one of them say that they will never do that again.

    People engage in suicide because they think they will escape the mental and emotional pain they are in. What they find out is that they simply bring it all with them and have complicated their situation, because they also have to deal with the mess that they left in this world, as their negative actions ripple through the lives of friends, family and even strangers, like a stone thrown into a still pond.

    Their role modeling often gives others close to them the rationalization to also suicide and they are horrified to realize that they have this fresh blood on their hands too. Complication is because they are acutely aware that they can't do anything to make right or prevent these ramifications of their suicide in this world, from where they are, in a less desirable place in the next world.

    If suicide was really the answer, I would have done it decades ago or even this week. Instead, just exercise by walking or some other vigorous physical activities to disapate the anxiety you are feeling now. Then get meds and talk therapy to get out of the darkness you are in on long term basis. Whatever is making you crazy today, this too shall pass.

  3. Mr. Blunt says:

    Uh oh don’t say “In magic, MAN has to rely on himself.” The feminists will get angry. 😂

  4. Melanie Smith says:

    I'm feeling suicidal right now. Thanks

  5. AnimusFlux says:

    The way you think determines what happens to you. We truly do create our reality so be careful how you talk to yourself.

  6. Mutivasion Klio says:

    Life’s going to kick you down all the time if u let it. Kick it back.

  7. Old Skool Bodybuilding Routines says:

    She got rich by ripping off the worst witch. Get real please.

  8. Smith says:

    A woman can manipulate her way out of any situation..

  9. Margaret G says:

    Someone keeps sending me this video. Probably some vet from Vancouver.

  10. Nic SIlvestroni says:

    Bla bla bla….!
    I am so fed up with these motivation speeches of some people who are “luckily” become rich & famous in their life , after their long time of miserable life !
    The reality is that only 10% of lucky people are becoming rich & famous or successful like this, after whatever they suffered in their early stage of life . The rest of 70% of un lucky people are continuing to be miserable , until their last breath !!
    I still don’t know why !!
    It may be due to their bad destiny and still
    I don’t know who making this bad destiny of some people!! So many people are born in poverty and having lots of miserable experiences in their life , but they die in poverty too!!
    We don’t know them , because they never come and “glorify “ their miserable life in the Facebook or anywhere else. So, don’t think that all people who had a very hard life , will become a rich or successful or famous or happy one day in their life !
    I am sorry if I spoil your enthusiasm of positivity, but it’s a reality of millions of miserable people like me.
    It’s true that good people always receive lots of struggles, sadness and misery in their life and the assholes always have a fabulous life !!
    This is making me sick and angry !

  11. belln700 says:

    Love this wonderful, beautiful, amazing lady.

    Interesting….she said the fears her parents AND what she had for herself – came to pass
    Job 3:25 'For the thing which I greatly feared is come on me, and that which I was afraid of is come to me.'

    Our thoughts and words hold so much POWER! She managed to let go of fear to be where she is now 💜

  12. ev pendray says:


  13. javon davis says:

    She is so well-spoken and empowering.

  14. Pulak Saha says:

    Idea never die, no more suicide.
    +880 1712733917

  15. Ange Lom says:

    Subliminal message: you get rich when you submit to the witchcraft and to the devil. Yeah, we already know that.

  16. Ashley Bryant says:

    I have a new found respect for this lady. Well done J.K

  17. mike mariner says:

    Who has lived on this planet for more than a week an not wanted to eat a shotgun at least once?

  18. Tom Billard says:

    Using the occult to get rich there is a price to pay

  19. Gabriela Belly Dancer says:

    She is amazing 🙏🏻 Such a magical human being!

  20. Enchanting Vitality says:


  21. Estrella Felina says:

    what a satanic illuminati garbage. they worship the devil. read a KJV Bible instead of this satanic evil garbage. magic is satanic.

  22. Jermey Combs says:

    She wrote a Witchcraft Book– Harry Potter, where the People fell into the Trap to Read the Shithole Book,

  23. Jashn Patra says:

    I have been failed in many areas of my lyf as a son as a brother as lover as person and many more well I had gone through a dipression for nearly 1 and half year finally I get out of it and my lyf changed with my will it's cool now

  24. PrescientProdigy says:

    The issue is we live in a syste-I mean world that revolves around VANITY and feeding the ego and its constant superficial demands and needs to fit in with the rest of the world…go against the grain and watch how society reacts and treats you

  25. Judy GD says:

    She dabbles with real witchcraft..noone could write a book like that without knowledge of black magic

  26. Watering TheFate says:

    Don't take much to be a whore and forget what being poor's like but to be a billionaire one must walk all over the poor
    Because it truly take many poor people to make one seem as if they was rich? But forgot where she to once was! But don't matter as long as she gets hers correct?
    Selfish a word most can't face in honesty?

  27. Conan the Barbarian says:

    What a load of bollocks, some bint finds success plagiarising Tolkien and Simon the soucerer and people think we can all be successful.

  28. Blujonny11 says:

    I think her dilemma had more to do with being used to nice things growing up and coming from an educated family and being educated herself and feeling youthfully unsuccessful and directionless after a divorce compared to feeling poor and desperate and having to live out of your car or something. In England the government will still pay for your housing and give you plenty of money for food and free healthcare. I lived there and was without unemployment for a while.

  29. Pete P says:

    If jk Rowling gave up, I would have probably been illiterate as an adult.

  30. Mike Boyd says:

    God did not abandon you. He was working behind the scenes planning and arranging
    the blessed life you now lead. Don't forget to thank him, and do it publicly. Wind can
    change directions.

  31. bartakin says:

    No matter how hard it gets, keep going forward, feelings change and situations aren't what they seem..John 3:16 Jesus loves you !

  32. LOVE says:

    She sold her soul to the devil, no thank you!

  33. Farouk Mogheth says:

    Beautifully said. I'm slowly and cautiously rebuilding my newly found success on my failures, fears and self-doubt. Humility and appreciation of simple pleasures makes things far more precious… As hard as the journey was with the darkest of days, one reached that end of the tunnel and ready for what life might throw at us…

  34. furydad555 says:

    She's a phukkin lunatic with no clue…..it's all about playing victim.
    A white supremacist that has no grasp on reality, so they believe in their own bullShittt.
    Phuk hurr and all the vomit spewing from that orifice.

  35. LESLIE TURNER says:

    My mom thinks she's a failure sometimes and it begins to give her dark harmful thoughts about herself but it's impossible for her to be a failure. Therefore, I'm probably going to need a more powerful wand to knock her in the head with. Maybe she just needs to go to Harry Potter land @ Universal if she gets to go to Florida next weekend.

  36. Siobhan Mulvey says:

    This is beautiful.

  37. Ben Grimm says:

    7 billion people wish she did kill herself. The world would have been better off.

  38. Robyn Peterson says:

    I just don’t see how people can call her privileged and other horrible things that aren’t true. Truly, she is an inspiration.

  39. Nick Boronda says:

    Shes an idiot and a plagiarist, and a luciferian slave….shouldve just done herself in…

  40. Cheryl Hansen says:

    I love that she the richest person to come off the Forbes list because she has given most to charity. She never forgets where she came from. Beautiful.

  41. Crystal Clear says:

    Beleive in YOURSELF. Not those 'labels' you are told (aka 'Taught' *) is 'life' and it's 'reality'. Get the picture? I highly doubt it.

    One example : 'Depression'….what is it? if the medical system didn't put it on the market then….what?* As what you 'see' is what you 'get'.

  42. Coyote says:

    the funny thing is that she wouldnt be as successful as she is now if she hadnt followed her true calling. she failed at everything so that she could become what she was truly meant to be.

  43. muscledog666 says:

    Oh jk

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