01.16.2019

J.K. Rowling Says 1 Decision Separates People Who Achieve Success From Those Who Only Dream

J.K. Rowling Says 1 Decision Separates People Who Achieve Success From Those Who Only Dream audioundwerbung/Getty Images

Before she “became” J.K. Rowling, Joanne Rowling was an unemployed single mother. She applied for welfare benefits to help take care of her 1-year-old daughter. She was clinically depressed and occasionally contemplated suicide.  

In her own words, she considered herself to be “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.”

Rowling later looked back on that time in her life and said she was “the biggest failure I knew.”

During that same time frame, though, she finally finished her first novel. She submitted it to publishers. Twelve rejected it. The thirteenth publisher took a chance on her.

Just like she had taken a chance on herself.

And now over 500 million copies of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series have been sold, making it the all-time bestselling book series. On its own, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has sold more than 120 million copies. The Harry Potter movies currently are the highest-grossing film series ever.

And J.K. Rowling is the first author to earn more than $1 billion. This year alone she earned an estimated $54 million from books, movies, theme parks, and stage productions.

What decision did she make that changed her life?

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