As a fan of Harry Potter and his tale of good versus evil, I was interested to watch this TED Talk of author JK Rowling’s 2008 Harvard University Commencement Address. JK Rowling is currently one of the most wealthy women in the United Kingdom due to the wild success of the Harry Potter series, but it wasn’t always this way for the writer. Just as Harry had to discover his hidden strengths through a number of trials and challenges, Rowling, as a single mom subsisting on welfare, had to dig deep to find her own power reserves.
I was pleasantly surprised by Rowling. In her speech, she was in turn funny, humble, painfully honest, and, most importantly, still very grounded in the important lessons she learned from her years of living without.