J.K. Rowling’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@jk_rowling)


– She’s a British novelist
best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained
world wide attention, won multiple awards and have
sold over 400 million copies. In 2004, Forbes named her the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. She’s JK Rowling and here are
her top 10 rules for success. – Failure gave me an inner
security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things
about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will and more discipline than I had suspected. I also found out that I
had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies. The knowledge that you have
emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that
you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know
yourself or the strength of your relationships,
until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won and it has been worth more
than any qualification I ever earned. I was on the train from
Manchester to London and it came, just came. – Had something like that
ever happened to you before? – Yes, truthfully. I mean, other ideas have just come to me, because I think, if you’re a writer and that’s what you spend a
huge amount of time doing, ideas do come to you. But nothing had ever
come, so, with such a, I felt God, I’d love to write that. When I got off the train,
I went straight home and I started writing. It is one of the amazing
and wonderful things about literature as
about film and music is, it’s utterly subjective. – [Interviewer] It’s somebodies opinion. – That’s the point of it,
you know, that’s the point. Of course, you move in that world. If you expect to just stand under a shower of perpetual praise, there’s
something wrong with you. – [Interviewer] That’s exactly right. – You will get criticism. I knew that going in
and the funny thing is, I’m not a particularly, I was never a very confident person and there are areas in my life in which I’m very thin-skinned. But not in this area. In this area, I think
it’s right and proper I should be criticized
and that’s literature. – [Interviewer] And can you learn– – [Interviewer] Did you write in here? – Mm hmm, this is really
the room where I finished Philosopher’s Stone in here. This is really where I turned
my life around, completely. I mean, my life changed
so much in this fact. I feel I really became myself here. And that everything stripped away. I’ve made such a mess of
things, but that was freeing. So I want to write, so I write
the book, I wrote the book. What is the worst that can happen? It gets turned down by
every publisher in Britain, big deal. So you know, it’s really
back to the wool time here. The bedrooms are not, well, my bedroom, the bedroom is a lot tidier now. God. God, that’s much– The place was a tip when I lived here. Oh, there are Harry Potter books. Now that is really freaky. And for years now I felt
like, if it all disappeared, and some days I do feel
like that, is it real? Then this is where I would
come back to, you know. This would be my baseline. I’d be back in Neath. Obviously if I’d known that, well was it 10 years, yeah, 10 years on, I’d come
back here with a film crew and there would be my published
books in someone else’s bookcase in this room. I mean, it’s really incredible to me. Really, I mean, yes. Because it’s such a well
worn part of my story now, its a big yawn to here how I wrote it as though it was all some sort of publicity stunt I did for a year. But it was my life and it was very hard. I didn’t know there was going to be this fairy tale resolution. Coming back here is just full of ghosts. I remember once, and it was like, well, like I’m going to call
it a flash of clairvoyance. Now, obviously, if it hadn’t come true, it would just be some round
and crazy thought I’d had, but I do remember one day,
writing Philosopher’s Stone. I was walking away from the
cafe where I’d been working. – Philosopher’s Stone which
became Sorcerer’s Stone. – Which became Sorcerer’s Stone, exactly. So that’s the first novel. I had this moment where
I suddenly thought, it was like another voice speaking to me. The voice said, “the
difficult thing’s going to be to get published.” “If it’s published, it will be huge.” – [Oprah] Wow. – And that is exactly what it was. – So there was some hint that
the voice had said to you. – [JK Rowling] Well the thing
is, you’ve got to believe, haven’t you? – Yes. – You know, I was not the
world’s most secure person. I wasn’t someone with an enormous amount, in fact, I’d say I was someone
with not much self belief at all and yet in this one
thing in my life, I believed. That was the one thing in my life, I felt, I can tell a story. There’s always trepidation. I think that people might
be surprised to know that I felt trepidation every
time I produced a Potter book. You know, the weight of
expectation there was, I won’t say crushing. It was extraordinary and
wonderful to have that weight of expectation. But at times– – [Interviewer] You were
competing with yourself? Yeah and with the expectations,
a lattaly of millions of fans, all of whom were
very invested in the story and wanted to see what they wanted to see, and I knew where I was going. I had to put on mental
blinkers a lot and just think, I know where I’m going. I must not be influenced by this. Given a time turner, I would
tell my 21 year old self that personal happiness
lies in knowing that life is not a checklist 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. I often get asked by younger
readers what I would advise if you want to be a writer. This is the way I did it,
so that’s the only advice I can give. You’ve got to read as
much as you possibly can, ’cause that’s the best way
to recognize good writing and to learn what makes bad writing, and those are very good things. You’ll probably go through
a phase where you imitate your favorite writers. That’s perfectly okay. That’s another learning process. You resign yourself to writing
lots and lots of rubbish. You’ve just got to write
that out of your system and sooner or later,
you’ll hit what you really should be doing and what is your genre. And perseverance. You’ve got to persevere,
’cause it is a career with a lot of knock-backs,
but the rewards are huge. I don’t mean, in the sense
that if that’s what you really want to do, to be able to do it lifelong is the best thing in the world. Very rewarding. But it’s not a career for people
who are easily discouraged, that’s for sure. To their parents, don’t tell them its unrealistic. Never say that. Because even if they’re
not published, writing, well, writing is the
passion of my life, so, it’s an important thing to do. I’ve always, always, always
wanted to be a writer. Obviously you want to be a writer. You want to, you dream
of supporting yourself through writing, definitely. But it is a bit of both
because I was very much aware that children’s books, the
possibility of supporting yourself solely by writing
children’s books is slim. That’s the reality of it, which
I was fully aware of that. In that sense, this has all
come as a huge, enormous shock. I’m delighted, because
I always wanted to write and always have written,
but my realistic side had not allowed me to dream
of half of what’s happened to me, truthfully. If you choose to use
your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf
of those who have no voice, if you choose to identify,
not only with the powerful, but with the powerless,
if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the
lives of those who do not have your advantages,
then it will not only be your proud families who
celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions
of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic
to transform our world. We carry all the power we
need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better. – Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because
Natasha asked me to, so if there’s a famous
entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave
it in the comments below and we’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know which
of JK Rowling’s top 10 tips meant the most to you. Leave it in the comments. We’re going to join in the discussion. Thank you so much for watching. Have a great day. Continue to Believe
and we’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts on “J.K. Rowling’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@jk_rowling)

  1. It’s so true what she says about reading a lot of books. I’m a writer as well, and I find that I gain a lot of inspiration from books. They also help to get the juices flowing (along with keeping a daily journal to just let thoughts flow freely). I’ve written 27 journals and have been writing them since 2008. I’m on my 28th in 2018 (10 years later). I found that I’ve learned more about myself in having the practice of journaling and it has also taught me that it’s ok to be emotionally vulnerable. It’s in that vulnerability where we are able to produce our strongest work and invite readers into our world.

  2. Great video – I liked the use of various interviews well put together with her speaking from a podium in between. Well done, in my opinion.

  3. I very deeply admire this woman. If i could ever meet her in the future, i would say to her "Miss Rowling, you are one of the greatest artists and writers i have seen, and i admire, not only your work, wich i think is brilliant, but also your creativity and imagination. You are an amazing being and i admire and respect you sincerely"

  4. I'm torn between traditional publishing and going indie. I'm concerned that with going traditional they will want to change my novels too much when I know where I'm going in my series.

  5. The publishers were so wrong in so many areas. They though people wouldn’t be interested in a kid who was at boarding school, they though people wouldn’t be interested or at least put off by a book write by a female, they thought only young boys would want to read the book. They though the book wouldn’t make much money. I bet all those publishers who turned down publishing Harry Potter are kicking themselves.

  6. I just failed to advance in a writing competition that I felt confident about. Today I can't get out of bed and wonder if I should even bother writing again. Life sucks.

  7. Thanks for putting this together. The part with her in her apartment where she struggled and wrote the first HP novel is really moving. Loved it! I'm going to recommend this to other novelists. (like me)

  8. “Some failure in life is inevitable. 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 fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

  9. Despite being one of the greatest writers in history, she does not hide her vulnerability, it speaks volumes about who she is as a person. This is so inspiring.

  10. J.K. Rowling has been an inspiration for me since i started writing back in 2012. It's been 7 years and I'm still searching for a literary agent to champion my novels. I've been tempted to give up countless times. I hope one day I'll get a yes after receiving many no's

  11. I think someone should create movie about her and her life. What she went through prior to wrote Harry Potter and became billionaire…

  12. Wow! She is just an inspiration and a joy! Thank you for sharing this…Favorite tip–to remember that getting your art (book, story, painting, film, etc..) out into the world is not just about you. To empower and inspire someone else's life is the gift and your responsibility is to share it.

  13. She made me motivated. One day, I will be writing the story of my journey, when I will learn creative English writing. I love her!🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🙏🙏🙏🙏.

  14. I loved this 💕 thank you so much, Evan! And i'd love to do a profile on Stephenie Meyer 😊 I've been watching a lot of your videos and they always encourage and inspire me. 🙏

  15. She's the woman I adore & respect so much!💖 Evan please make a video on Muniba Mazari. I had requested to you earlier also. She deserves to be featured here.

  16. I love all your videos Evan, they are wonderful. Can you please produce something on Elif Shafak. I look up to her as a writer and an intellectual with the calm and peace of a Sufi. Her books such as forty Rules of love and bastard of Istanbul are massive success. They are artistic piece of literature according to me. Please make a video on her please.

  17. " – We don´t need magic to tranform the world. We carry all the powers we need inside ourselves already." This should become J K Rowling´s best quote. She´s right but magic sure would be a good thing to have though.

  18. if you choose to use your status and influence to raise the voice of those who have no voice,if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but also with the powerless, if you retain the ability to imagine yourself to those who do not have our advantages ,then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence ,but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change .

  19. 5:39 is the point from where I started realizing that all she said after 5:39 has happened to me, except that i had published a book til now.

  20. This is an amazing series. Could you please create a video on Mr. James Patterson, it would be of great help.
    Thankyou so much.

  21. Thank you Evan. I discovered your channel a week ago and have been devouring your content. I would love to see more top 10's and motivation from powerful successful women. Thank you.

  22. I'm a published French-Canadian fantasy writer. One universe, 22 worlds. 
    It's one thing to be published, it's another to be in the mainstream. If you're not in the mainstream, it will be harder to reach an audience. J.K.Rowlings is in the mainstream. I'm happy she rose out of the financial rut she was in, but keep in mind that being published is not everything. Your publisher may impose his views and slaughter your vocabulary if it's original and makes readers work. Many publishers want a Harry Potter. Something easy access that doesn't demand much from the reader. Finding the right Publisher at the right time is critical.

  23. J.K. Rowling is a treasure to literature and to humanity. She has taken her creative vision and sparked the imagination of millions.

  24. It's the simple things that hold the most power. The idea of belief and confronting your fears and doubt is so vital to growth and success!

  25. Thank you! I am a children's published author and this video was so touching, I totally can relate to JK Rowling, always believe in your writing, it is the igniting inner spark of creation that can change the lives with your message, you never know where this beautiful writing path make take you, dreams begin putting them down on paper! <333

  26. I have finished my book and I am starting my 3rd draft now before I send it to a professional editor. I do it because I love it, it helps me grow as an individual, grows closer to God, and it is allowing me to get to know my grandfather who is now in heaven. He left my family 6 hours of his story in WW2 and as such I am basing a story on him. I feel as though God himself has given me this story to write. Whether it is successful or not is not the goal. But my story has gone so far that it is no longer under my control where the story goes. It is as if it has taken a life onto itself. I even dream of the characters I have made. Writing is truly a gift.

  27. When she said the story just came to her and she had to go home and write it down I couldn't help but go mhm. I can try to write fiction, but unless a story just magically fills my head, it's painful to churn out anyrhing good. Writing amazing fiction is a gift that few have.

  28. Evan, another great video! Totally love such kind of videos since I believe that we can learn so much from the most successful people on earth

  29. great series I have even come up with my top 10 things to achieve. I will let you if they make me better I will even tell you my favorite

  30. I am a sampler of life.  Which means I dabble in life and experiment and have a very creative side.  I have journaled everyday for 30 years. I torn up all my journals. I also write scripts.  I have 'put myself out into the world'  with my scripts.  Which are a part of me.  I just set them free and move on to the next venture in life.  Not wasting my time depending on a 'big break.'  There is too much too see, too much to do, too much to learn.

  31. Thank you for your video. I hope it helps inspire some budding writers to put pen to paper and never give up!

  32. Thank you, I've totally hit rock bottom and all I have is my book 'convergence' idea that I daydreamed up, I'm working my socks off for the next year as even if I don't succeed, I would never forgive myself for not even trying!!!

  33. There's nothing more boring than listening to an author talk about themselves, especially when they want to be liked.

    There is one rule that writers should be aware of from the off: your novel is a product, it is not your baby.

  34. This was an amazing video. I'm writing my novel right now, and I've had many positive signs that suggest I should publish it 😁

  35. One of the most amazing interviews is with JK Rowling and Oprah. Legend, her love for literature shines through because Harry Potter is all about love. It helped me in very dark times in my life for that I am thankful Jk Rowling.

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