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  • Writer's pictureJim Mercer

SamTastic Weekly Tip: 1/9/17 - Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

Your tip for the week after New Year’s is a question to consider: Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

If not, any of J.K. Rowling’s Top 10 Rules for Success, might be worth considering. In 2004 the creator of Harry Potter became first person to become a billionaire by writing books. Here are her Top 10 Rules for Success.

1. Failure helps you discovers yourself.

She went from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within 5 years.

2. Take action on your ideas.

The Harry Potter books have become the best-selling book series in history.

3. You will be criticized.

Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers asked that she use two initials, rather than her full name.

4. Remember where you started.

She was diagnosed with clinical depression which she claims gave her inspiration to create the Dementors in the Potter series.

5. Believe.

Twelve publishing houses rejected her original Harry Potter manuscripts, but eventually small publisher Bloomsbury gave her a chance with a small advance.

6. There is always trepidation.

She conceived the idea for Harry Potter in 1990. The 7 years that followed saw the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until Rowling finished the first novel.

7. Life is not a checklist of achievements.

She named communist and civil rights activist Jessica Mitford as her “most influential writer”.

8. Persevere.

She’s the United Kingdom’s best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238m.

9. Dreams can happen.

In 2010, she was named the “Most Influential Woman in Britain” by leading magazine editors.

10. We have the power to imagine better.

Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated US$15 billion.

The author elaborates on her top 10 list in this YouTube video:

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