6 Reasons Why Beatrix Potter Is An Inspiration Today
March 8, 2017
Helen Beatrix Potter was born over one hundred and fifty years ago. However, many of her setbacks and breakthroughs are still applicable in today’s society. Surprisingly, her talents were not restricted to only one field of interest or one era of her life.
1. Scientific Breakthrough
Before her writing career blossomed, Beatrix Potter was invited to study fungi at the Royal Botanical Gardens. While sketching her technically accurate illustrations, she invented her own scientific theory on fungi reproduction and spores. Although her preliminary paper was rejected by the institute’s director, Beatrix Potter continued her research and her findings were eventually presented to the Linnean Society of London. Sadly, as women were not permitted within the society, she was unable to speak directly to the members and her paper was never published. Nevertheless, her contribution to mycological research has now been recognised.
2. Overcome Domineering Parents, Poor Health and Depression
Between the ages of 14 – 31, Beatrix Potter kept a secret encoded journal, which was not decoded until long after her death. Her entries reflect the resentment she felt towards her controlling parents, describe her occasional poor health and bouts of depression. A glimpse into her unfailing determination is seen as she writes, I must draw, however poor the result….I will do something sooner or later.
The following year she became a celebrated, published author.
3. Self-Belief Leads to Success
Beatrix Potter was rejected by several publishers before she decided to print The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself. Frederick Warne & Co., were quick to notice the book’s instant success and overturned their initial assessment.
4. Entrepreneur Foresight
Ever the visionary, Beatrix Potter went on to design and secure the patent for the very first Peter Rabbit doll. It has become the world’s oldest licensed literary character. This pathed the way for her to establish an extensive and lucrative merchandise range.
5. Continuing Education and Expertise
After moving on from her literary success and in her sixties, Beatrix Potter became an accomplished sheep breeder. She won the esteem of her peers and eventually became elected president of the Herdwick Sheep-Breeders’ Association.
6. A Heart for Conservation
Upon her death, Beatrix Potter bequeathed her fifteen Lake District farms to the National Trust. She whole heartedly followed its principles of preservation and was well-known for her hands-on farming approach.
More than a century after their release, Beatrix Potter book sales exceed two million annually. Although she is most famous as a children’s book author and illustrator, this is just merely one of her notable achievements.