Happy Birthday JK Rowling! 10 Life Lessons From Potter’s Creator

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.

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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 choices

It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

On measuring an individual

If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

On talking about failure

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

On truth

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.

On ‘Harry Potter’

‘Harry Potter’ gave me back self-respect. Harry gave me a job to do that I loved more than anything else.

 On being ashamed

Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.

On being absurd

Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.

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.

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