Persistence Pays Off: J.K. Rowling

by | Mar 30, 2016 | Business

Harry Potter is one of the most widely read and watched franchises to date. In fact, the Harry Potter series author, J.K. Rowling became the first female billionaire author because of it. Rowling debuted as an author with Harry Potter, so it would seem that she couldn’t have had a ton of failures, right? Recently, J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to show that even as the author of the most iconic books/movies, she faced plenty of NO’s, in the form of rejection letters from publishers.

After finally completing her 7 Harry Potter books, Rowling penned a new book under a different name, Robert Galbraith. Her reason? To  “work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback.” With this different name, she left herself subject to rejection as a brand new author – which is EXACTLY what happened.

She shared the rejection letters she received under the different author name with all of her followers and budding authors to show that even the most successful writers still experience NO’s and failure from time to time.

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Your work ethic and persistence shouldn’t diminish when you’ve reached the top. In fact, the same persistence you have when you first began should continue with you. Even at the top, J.K. Rowling could have given up after receiving letters like that and been satisfied with the success of the Harry Potter series. After all, she already had all the money she could possibly want, right? “I wasn’t going to give up until every single publisher turned me down, but I often feared that would happen,” she told her followers.

Even after being rejected hundreds of times, giving up will only leave you wondering “what if”. What if that next conversation was the YES that you needed to bring you the ultimate success?


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