Inspirational Biz Tips from J. K. Rowling

A series of Inspirational Business Tips from J. K. Rowling

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, born 31 July 1965), pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. (Wikipedia)

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

Do you want to be remembered for the products you made or for the person you are?

Choices play such an important part of who we are.  And I cannot think of another person whose choices changed the destiny of who she is than J. K. Rowling.  Her’s is truly a ‘rags to riches’ story as she wrote the first Harry Potter novel while she was living in poverty.  Now, she is considered one of the riches woman in the world.

But does she want to be remembered for her Harry Potter stories?  According to the Wikipedia article:  “In 2012, Forbes removed Rowling from their rich list, claiming that her US$160 million in charitable donations and the high tax rate in the UK meant she was no longer a billionaire.”

So you tell me, does J.K. Rowling wish to be remembered as the author of the Harry Potter series, or for her choice to give away her millions!!


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.
~ J. K. Rowling

It has been ingrained in us for far too long that failing is bad — something that we should avoid at all costs.

But this is how I see it:  When we fail, we are ….

  • Not really failing, but discovering a way that does not work
  • Learning a direction that may work
  • Overcoming fear by stepping out
  • Living a passionate life

I remember times in my life that I was so paralyzed by fear that I did nothing.  I stayed in an abusive relationship that killed my drive, my spirit and could have eventually cost me my life.

Like Rowling says, we failed by default when we do nothing.

What steps are you taking today to move you closer to your dreams?


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 to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
~ J. K. Rowling

Have you ever had your mom, teacher, or boss admonish you for ‘day dreaming’.  You know …. when you are off in your own little world slaying dragons, or figuring out your next new creation?  You are exercising your imagination!

Personally, I don’t create products, but as you know, I write.  So my imagination or ‘day dreaming’ time helps me formulate my next article, blog post or newsletter.  For others, it is dreaming up that next musical or dance piece, creating that next talk or presentation, or creating and producing your next bet selling product.

Without an active imagination, we would be pretty boring people!

So, if you are a parent, don’t admonish your child from day dreaming, but help them to nurture it appropriately to help them create their own dreams.


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