It's Harry Potter's 20 year anniversary today and we're feeling both nostalgic and appreciative for the wonder woman that is JK Rowling.
Not only did she capture the imagination of an entire generation, but she also created a world without gender disparity in the most subtle and nuanced way.
Because of this, her female characters came to represent a cast of inspirational women for young millennials reading the potterverse to look up to. And since the Potter's end Rowling, Emma Watson and co. have become outspoken feminist icons. Indeed, Rowling is now worth an estimated one billion dollars and is one of our most celebrated examples of self made success - (we also happen to adore her blatant negation of gender tropes and passion for calling out misogyny via Twitter).
Below we round-up tweets that make for fabulous female reading, between the cast, writers and potter lovers. Happy anniversary to all.
@Evy_Lynch You're a goddess.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 2, 2014
Yass Luna. You are a goddess.
The Harry Potter books, according to Hermione#pottermore #HarryPotter pic.twitter.com/YBswrVeHDD
— L.E. DeLano (@LE_DeLano) June 18, 2017
... Hermione conquers the world.
— Minerva McGonagall (@McGonagallBot) May 2, 2017
Queens Molly and Minerva to the rescue.
The #HarryPotter series wouldn't exist if @jk_rowling had given up after failing: https://t.co/vxAEph5ZYr She's such an inspiration! pic.twitter.com/B4jW1VhXAm
— FilterCopy (@filtercopy) June 11, 2017
SWAAY lives and breathes this motto everyday. Keep trying and you will succeed.
Professor McGonagall and Luna Lovegood are such boss ass bitches.
— Isenea Lee (@isenealee) June 10, 2017
I saw Helena Bonham Carter in the street today and I immediately fell over as I was so excited #BELLATRIX #icklebicklebabypottah pic.twitter.com/n5iTSlkrl4
— mhairi (@mhairi_m) June 13, 2017
*Cackling* we do too, honey.
"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve." #HarryPotterWomen #JKRowling #InternationalWomensDay [art not mine] pic.twitter.com/HRRMQ3b2zg
— Pim W. (@PimKaprao) March 8, 2017
Truer words were never spoken.
When someone talks bad about friends or family #Potterheads #HarryPotter #HermioneGranger #DracoMalfoy #TomFelton #EmmaWatson ?? pic.twitter.com/KCl8qmhRqe
— Slytherin_Felton ? (@fandegregpernia) May 30, 2017
That's what you get for messing with this chick, Draco.
femaleness is not a design flaw. If your immediate response to a woman who displeases you 12/14
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 9, 2017
And the tweet of the year goes to...
Jk Rowling on Twitter yesterday pic.twitter.com/nYDlhdGOiO
— Harry Potter GIFs (@HP_GIFs) October 8, 2014
Because being right feels good, right?
Only time Hermione had to be saved, she left the tips on how to save her. #HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets #HermioneGranger #Potterhead https://t.co/iE88qg8sJi
— Leandro Freythas (@leandrofreythas) May 30, 2017
She. Don't. Need. A. Man.
It's impossible to live w/out failing at something... #JKRowling https://t.co/jGSI0lyrRC pic.twitter.com/otURc5i73G
— Brian D Colwell (@BColwell_ECON) June 7, 2017
Try, fail, try again, and keep trying. That's what we're best at.
— Brittany Hale ?️? (@BrittanyKHale) May 31, 2017
OMG. Those Horcruxes would never have been found.
Who wants to be a #princess when you can be a #warriorprincess like #hermionegranger emmawatson… https://t.co/ILPhiLcgtQ
— Ms. Trevor Moon (@teacher22973) May 22, 2017
Let us bow to warrior princess Granger.
From a young age, I was fortunate to know what I wanted my career to be.
Many 12-year-olds say they want to be a movie star, pilot or professional athlete, but I knew that I wanted to be a realtor. Growing up in an era when Miami's real estate business was exploding, I watched the city grow before my eyes. I wanted to have a part in that growth, which is why I decided to obtain my real estate license as soon as I turned 18.
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Here are the key reasons I was able to grow my business to over $400 million in sales by age 30.
You've heard it before, but I can't stress this enough. Every person you meet is a door to a new opportunity. In real estate, as is the case with most other professions, people want to work with someone they trust and connect with. My team and I put a large emphasis on not only going to work, but also finding meaning in the work we do through personal relationships. That can mean a lot of things, whether it be finding the perfect first home for a couple or helping a family move to an area with the best schools.
Real estate is personal, and your clients should always be treated like people, not numbers. Whether someone has a $100,000 or $10 Million budget, I treat them with the same respect.
As a result, nearly all of my clients come from referrals or return to me as repeat clients.
Become An Expert In Your Industry
My team and I put a strong focus on truly knowing the neighborhoods we work in. We've become local specialists, making sure that we have a strong understanding of the ins and outs of the listing, the area and the potential buyers.
We familiarize ourselves with every aspect of an area, including: the neighborhood, the local housing market, the inventory, the schools, community issues and traffic concerns. Being knowledgeable on these aspects help us guide the potential buyer in making an informed decision.
That same approach should be applied to every profession. People are choosing to work with you for a reason, so try to maximize the value that comes with that.
Find Time To Do Nothing
We live in a go, go, go world, with not much focus on slowing down. You're responsible for your own mental wellbeing, so be sure to put in the time for yourself. For at least one hour a day, I allow myself the space to do nothing and truly live in the moment. That hour may be spent meditating, curled up with a book or watching my favorite Bravo show. The point is: that time should be for you, free of any distractions. Doing this allows you to go into work with a clear mind the following day.
It's Not All On You: Empower Your Employees
There's an emphasis put on working non-stop as the only way to succeed. That approach couldn't be further from the truth. While I'm all about working hard, as a leader, working smarter not harder is what will take your business to the next level. Remember, you hire people for a reason, so trust them to do their job and always make yourself available as a resource.
That way, you can spend your time on big picture initiatives, and your employees can own their work and grow in the process.
It Takes Money To Make Money
Don't underestimate the power of good marketing.
In business, especially when first starting out, it's important to spend money to invest in your company's success. Whether it be boosting your website's SEO, creating targeted ads or sponsoring social media posts, effective marketing is crucial when looking to reach your target audience.
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