JK Rowling’s Secret Success Weapon

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title”

I know you’re all about Mastery. And Excellence. And crafting an iconic life. Along with doing things most people call impossible. For this, I applaud you.

So I wanted to share a great story with you…

All she ever wanted to do was write. But few believed in her.

She ended up as a single mom. Collecting social benefits checks–just to get food onto the table. For her and her child.

On a trip from Manchester to London in 1990, her train was delayed. And an idea burst into her imagination. About a boy who didn’t know what he was.

She called this kid Harry Potter. And she wrote about his adventures.”

12 publishers rejected the book. A small house called Bloomsbury Press eventually agreed to publish it. But even then, the author was told “you’ll never make any money on children’s books.”

Yet, the book caught fire. Touched the hearts of millions. Inspired a new generation to read.

Of course, the woman is JK Rowling.

And she’s sold 400,000,000 books. And built a fortune of $800,000,000.

From an idea. About a young wizard. With a brave heart.

Her secret “weapon”?…


“For some to love you, some must loathe you,” she brilliantly observed.

And she’s right. All visionaries are initially ridiculed before they are revered.

All enormously successful people first meet with rejection, resistance and yes, sometimes outright hatred. Criticism truly is the price of greatness. And you really need to be so invested in your dream + abilities + passion that ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will knock you off your game.

So be strong. Go for world-class. And when you get knocked down, dust yourself off, and stay true to your loftiest visions. In the end, you’ll be grateful you did.

Sending you all green lights! So you get your boldest (and most audacious) dreams done. You know this: Life’s just too short to play small.

My very best, as always,

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5 Responses to “JK Rowling’s Secret Success Weapon”

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  2. ravi shankar says:

    Dear Robin

    As Warren Buffett puts it one needs oto tap dance to work- pursue the passion you love the most and work with people you admire the most. You will never be dissapointed. Your rewards come when you do not compromise with your values. At the end of the day you need to live with your dreams and passions not that of your parents or society.
    Keep inspiring!

  3. siyaram says:

    sometimes we should not listen to our critics rather we should move ahead leaving all critics

  4. pooja joshi parashar says:

    Mr.sharma…Ms.Rowling has been an inspiration to millions..who struggle each day to bring out best in them..but..honestly most of them sccumb their dreams to failure..its then..wen gurus lik u come to rescue them ..hold their hand and make them stand again on d right track.thank u for doin an extraordinary work..i would always choose to b a spider…climb n fall then again climb n fall…n keep climbing n falling…till d time i reach where ive aimed to….
    Thanks for sharing..n inspiring..

  5. krish says:

    uninterrupted work with fire in belly=absolute success

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