Career Advice From: Harry Potter

It’s fairly safe to assume that most of us are familiar with the story of Harry Potter…a.k.a. “The Boy Who Lived”…a.k.a. “The Chosen One”. To many of us, Harry’s story holds a special place in our hearts and memories. For this reason, we thought J.K. Rowling’s epic series would be the perfect place to draw career inspiration from.

Last week, we extracted a variety of career lessons from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War – this week, we’re turning our attention to the most magical corners of England and sharing our favorite pieces of advice from the pages of a story we hold so dear. Through Harry’s story, Rowling imparts so many great lessons for personal development and positive ways to view the world around us. Here are some of our favorites…

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“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black

  • Meaning: Your true colors can come out depending on who you’re talking to. So, always make sure you treat everyone with equal respect and never assume others are equally as respectful as you. Treat everyone – from your subordinates to your boss – with the same respect.

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery.” – Hermione Granger

  • Meaning: Being book smart is great, but having strong loyalty and bravery to speak and be confident goes a long way. Work hard, but focus on relationships too.

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”– Arthur Weasley

  • Meaning: Trust should be based on your knowledge of other people and how they make decisions, so don’t trust anyone blindly.

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find it to their own surprise that they wear it well.” – Albus Dumbledore

  • Meaning: If you are working hard and always using your initiative, leadership will usually find you. Don’t let your ego make you envy leadership and power. When the time is right and the situation calls for it, you will be there to take up the responsibility as long as you show you are capable of handling responsibility.

Written by Guest Blogger Dan H. of Emerson College

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Looking at those HP books a bit differently now? What literature do you turn to for life or career advice? Share your favorites with [email protected]

Be sure to check out our previous installment, Career Advice From: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.


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