J.K. Rowling Has Some Truly Excellent Careers Advice For You

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If there’s anyone you should resolutely take careers advice from, its self-made millionaire J.K.Rowling. Luckily for us, she’s just shared some excellent words of wisdom we should all take heed of.

Posting her “sermon” on Twitter, the Harry Potter author – whose manuscript for the Philosopher’s Stone was famously rejected 12 times before she won a publishing deal with Bloomsbury – said it all started when she was perusing Twitter for inspiration.

She came across this post: “HEY! YOU! You’re working on something and you’re thinking, ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen.’ Finish it anyway.”

“There were so many times in the early 90s when I needed somebody to say this to me,” she wrote.

“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).

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“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.

“(And by the way, just because it didn’t find an audience, that doesn’t mean it’s bad work.) 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.”

Her parting shot? Whatever you do, just get it done. And never throw the towel in because you’re worried about being rejected.

Right, we’ve got some work to be cracking on with…