Not to nerd out completely here, but are you a J.K. Rowling fan? Even if you’re not a Harry Potter follower, seeing the success of the brand’s British author is inspiring and is a true testament to creative talent.

Imagination Paves the Way for Success

Liberty National - Leaders in History: J.K. Rowling“Harry Potter gave me back self respect. Harry gave me a job to do that I loved more than anything else.” -J. K. Rowling

As a struggling single mom, Rowling used her imagination to escape. Turns out, it was a profitable decision because the Harry Potter series is the bestselling in the world. Harry’s adventures put a spell on readers, later paving the way for the most profitable film series in history.

In Rowling’s Harry Potter series, readers of all ages were transported out of the ordinary into a fantasy world of witchcraft and wizardry. Characters Harry, Ron, and Hermione kept pages turning as they took readers on their exciting adventures through Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

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The sixth book in her series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold 6.9 million copies in the United States within the first 24 hours, making it the largest opening of sales in publishing history*.

Due to the franchise’s success, Rowling went from being unemployed to a multi-millionaire in only five years**. The famous author might not realize how her success and perseverance inspires other female authors looking to share their stories with the world, but she has definitely made a positive impact.

What other famous leaders or public figures motivate you to be better every day? Who at Liberty National do you admire for their hard work, energy, and success?

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