J.K. Rowling Quotes on Success and Failure

9 J.K. Rowling Quotes

In this you’ll learn 9 J.K. Rowling Quotes about success and failure from J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling knows success and failure well. She struggled to make ends meet while on benefits. She knew it as she sat in cafes and restaurants around Edinburgh and wrote the seven-book collection, hoping it could turn into the worldwide sensation of Harry Potter. For all the difficulty the struggle gave at the time, Rowling has noted that when the struggle is finished, it’s liberating!

After finishing the first Harry Potter, Rowling received rejection letter after rejection letter from the publishers. She was turned down by 12 publishers. 22 years later, J.K. Rowling has raked in more than $25 billion through the books, movies, toys, merchandise, etc. She also set up a nonprofit for infant’s overseas that has helped 31,500 orphaned babies.

J.K. Rowling Quotes – On Failure

J.K. Rowling said “Your conception of failure might not be too far removed from the average person’s idea of success.

I believe that in this one of J.K. Rowling Quotes she means that most people are aiming too low. To you, the idea of success may be making millions or even billions of dollars when most people’s definition of success is having a little bit of spending money at the end of the month and all the bills paid. For J.K. to live that life, she would feel like a failure.

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On Success

“By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew. Now, I’m not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy-tale resolution. I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

So 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 I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I felt I truly belonged.”

In this quote she’s telling you to achieve more by focusing on less. Eliminate what isn’t important so you can focus on what’s important to you. Direct everything you have into what matters.

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On Haters

“Don’t you dare let their laughter extinguish your ambition. Turn it into fuel!” 

When you start to work on your dreams, people will doubt you. They will go out their way to make up stories and lies about you that aren’t true. They’ll try to sabotage your success. They’ll hate that you have passion and ambition and they don’t. Instead of working harder to get to your level, they’ll attempt to bring you down to make it more even, “more fair”.

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J.K. Rowling Quotes – On Facing Your Fears:

J.K. Rowling Quotes “I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Once you face your biggest fear, you’ll realise that there is nothing to be afraid of.

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On risk-taking:

J.K. Rowling Quotes “I had nothing to lose, and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try.” 

When you have nothing to lose, you’ll take risks that others can’t take. Often having nothing is the greatest advantage you have over everyone else. It helps you take your work ethic to the next level.

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On perfection:

“Never wait in expectation of perfection or you’ll wait forever. Do the best you can with what you’ve got, and be one of those who dared rather than those who merely dream.” 

Nothing is perfect. There will always be mistakes. Those who try and make mistakes do better than the people who don’t try.

On imagination:

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

J.K. Rowling Quotes – On happiness:

“Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”

Acquiring more things won’t make you happy. Sometimes after a massive achievement, when there’s no one to celebrate with it gets lonely. That’s the cost of success, most people will hate it and hate you. Knowing there are things outside your control will help you get through the difficult times.

On follow-through:

“The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself. You’ll have turned yourself from somebody who’s ‘thinking of,’ who ‘might,’ who’s ‘trying,’ to someone who did. And once you’ve done it, you’ll know you can do it again. That is an extraordinarily empowering piece of knowledge. So do not ever quit out of fear of rejection. Maybe your third, fourth, fiftieth song/novel/painting will be the one that ‘makes it,’ that wins the plaudits, but you’d never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience).” 

Keep going. You could fail even more times than this! You only fail for good when you stop trying.