Definitely am getting back to inspirational movies and books y’all should check out. This #MustWatch flick might be a little odd for me to post but I really love it and watch it every time it comes on or I see it on On Demand.
My movie of choice? A TV movie: Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. Now why, oh why, am I posting a Lifetime movie about J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, especially when Lifetime biopics are very hit or miss? Go with me here because I think there are a number of lessons to learn here.
Though the movie may not have gotten every detail about the author’s life correct, we see a journey of Joanne Rowling from childhood to Harry phenomenon. From the beginning, she had an active imagination and dreamed of a grand wizarding world. J.K. wanted to be a writer but, after some prodding from her father, she went on to study languages instead of writing because it was more “practical.” She then got a practical job which she liked, but it wasn’t her passion.
Some years later, she got married and had a child. However, her husband got drunk all of the time and turned abusive. She eventually left but struggled throughout the years being a single mom on assistance while she tried to find work.
J.K. eventually focused her time on developing the first Harry Potter book. It was an amazing read, but she still had her struggles with getting it published due to the fact that it was a children’s book. The first book was actually written in the 90s and, apparently, publishers weren’t taking a lot of children’s books at that time because they didn’t make too much money (imagine that!).
Of course, we all know that this story had an incredibly happy ending. J.K.’s work on Harry created a multi-BILLION dollar franchise which is still celebrated around the world! She and her family are SET. However, I think there were some key takeaways from this movie and J.K.’s life.
Just being “practical” with your life doesn’t best serve you.
J.K. was kind of pushed into getting a normal job but quickly found out that it wasn’t her purpose. So she went after what she truly wanted. Now, while I think that you have to pay the bills in some way while you work on your goals, I certainly don’t want any of you to give your dreams up completely to pay the bills. I balance both every day, though it can be difficult. However, I’d rather do that than unhappily work somewhere for the rest of my life with no hope in sight. I want to work on what I KNOW is my purpose in life and impact people that way.
You need a strong support system.
J.K. had great support from her mother, sister, and other friends. Though her mother did want her to be a little practical when it came to working, she encouraged J.K. to follow her dreams anyway. J.K.’s sister was actually the first to read Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone all the way through and told J.K. that she absolutely had to get an agent to get it published. It was the support she had behind the scenes that lifted her spirits and pushed her to keep going.
I don’t care what you say or how you feel. You need someone to talk to and encourage you on your good and bad days, even if it’s only one trustworthy person. That support is everything!
Passion, perseverance, and patience are key.
These words were actually mentioned at my organization recently when someone thought of what all was needed to work there. But it’s true. With J.K.’s life and work, she had to have all three of these things. She was passionate about what she worked on but also had to have patience and perseverance when her ideas were rejected.
We all have to have the same because things often don’t go according to plan. Rejections, obstacles, and failures come and you have to have major strength to keep pressing forward. Having a true passion for what we do and developing patience and perseverance keeps us going even when the inevitable rough moments come our way.