Harry Potter’s creator JK Rowling turns 53 today. Before becoming the first writer-billionaire ever, she lived a hard life. Rowling faced a lot of trouble and her book, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘, was rejected by about 12 publishing houses.
But things turned around after her first book came out in 1997. The ‘Harry Potter’ was converted into a series and broke many records.
The series sold over 500 million copies worldwide and was turned into a movie series too – Happy Birthday JK Rowling
Rowling’s words have always made us fall in love with her and here is a list of the 10 most empowering quotes by the British author:
On realising one’s fear
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realised, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
On life and failure
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
On measuring an individual
On talking about failure
On ‘Harry Potter’
On being ashamed
On being absurd
On her work
I am proud of having done what I’ve done. Very proud.
Rowling became the world’s first billionaire author but chose to give up on her billionaire status by donating her earnings to a charity. She still remains one of the richest people in the world and is the UK’s bestselling living author.