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 worldwide 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 happen to you before yes truthfully I mean other ideas had just come to me because I think if you're a writer and that's what you spend a huge amount of time doing you do ideas do come to you but nothing had ever come so with such a high hattis I thought god I'd love to write that and 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 so somebody's acting the point of it you know that's the point of course you won't you move in that world if you expect us just stand under a shower of Perpetual praise there's something wrong with exactly that you know you will you will get criticism I knew that going in and the funny thing is I'm not particularly I was never a very confident person in their areas in my life in which I'm very thin-skinned but not in this area in this area I I think it's right and proper I should be criticized and that's that's engage Euler did you write in here mm-hmm this is really the room where I finished philosophers cloning here this is really where I turned my life around completely and we made my life changed so much in his flat I feel I really became myself here in that everything stripped away I made such a mess of things but that was all that was freeing so I just thought well I want to write so I write the book and what what is the worst that can happen he gets turned down by every publishing written thing to you so you know it's really back to the whole time here my bedrooms are locked well my bedroom the bedroom it's a lot tidier than Oh God God that's mad this was a tip when I have to all that Harry Potter books now that is really freaky and for years now I felt that if it all disappeared and some days I do feel like it is it real then this is where I would come back to you know this would be my body based line I'd be back in Leith and obviously if I'd known that tenure well what was it two year ten years old 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 you really did I mean yes because it's such a well-worn part of my story now it's a big yarn to hear 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 and I'd know that was could be this fairytale recession I might I've coming back it was just full of ghosts I remember once and it was like it was like well like I'm gonna call it clash a flash of clairvoyance now obviously if I hadn't come true I would just be around and crazy for a dad but I do remember one day writing philosopher's stone I was walking away from the cafe where I've been working Philosopher's Stone which became weightless which became sorceress knowing exactly so that's the first novel mhm and I had this moment where I suddenly thought it was like another voice speaking to me in the voice said the difficult things going to be to get published if it's published it will be huge Wow and that is exactly what it was so there was some hint that the voice had said to you well the thing is you've got to believe haven't you yes you know I was I was not the world's most secure person um 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 mean 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 was I won't say crushing it was extraordinary and wonderful to have that weight of expectation but a duty with yourself yeah and with the expectations latterly 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 and I 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 because 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 just got to write that out of your system and sooner or later you'll hit what you know you really should be doing and what is your genre and perseverance you've got to persevere because it is a it's 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 life long 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 and to their parents don't tell them it's unrealistic never to 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 always always always wanted to be a writer and obviously you want to be a writer you want to you dream of supporting yourself through writing definitely but here is a bit of both because I was very much aware that children's books you do not the possibility of supporting yourself solely by writing children's books is slim that's that's the reality of it which I was fully aware of that so in in that sense this is all come as a huge enormous shock I'm delighted because I always wanted to write and always have written but my realistic side has not allowed me to dream of half of what's happening 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 that 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' met 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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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 .

  11. " – 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.

  12. 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.

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