“Do not ever quit out of fear of rejection.”
The author behind the all-time bestselling book series, J.K. Rowling went from being a struggling single mother to one of the wealthiest women in the world. The highlight of her back story, the one we must all learn from, is that she failed spectacularly, and she was rejected A LOT.
“A mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
Imagine a world without Harry Potter.
Imagine a world without the hope brought into it by the success of J.K. Rowling, the woman who really did rebuild her life with rock-bottom as its very solid foundation.
Now, you have to believe when she tells you not to let failure guide your choices. Keep going because your next creative endeavour might just be the one to change the world.
“Even if it isn’t the piece of work that finds an audience, it will teach you things you could have learned no other way. 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).”