“Success doesn’t come easy, for many, it’s a challenge that is processed and it takes years to become an overnight success. Just like many of the famous individuals we know, J.K. Rowling is one of those well-known authors of our time,” says Boyd Parker, managing director of Hero Corp. According to Inc. in an article by Jeff Haden, “How Did J.K. Rowling Become Unbelievably Successful? She Found the Perfect Response to Failure” he writes “Twenty-three years ago, Joanne Rowling, an unemployed single mother, applied for welfare benefits so she could take care of her 1-year-old daughter. Clinically depressed and occasionally contemplating suicide, she considered herself as “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless,” and later would look back on that time in her life and say she was “the biggest failure I knew.” During that period she finished her first novel. Twelve publishers rejected it. The 13th took a chance on her — just like she had taken a chance on herself. To date over 500 million copies of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have been sold, making it the all-time bestselling book series.”
“At Hero Corp, we are inspired by J.K. Rowling’s story and it’s one that many of us use as motivation to make it out in the world. It’s so important to push through even after rejection and try other sources. Your belief in yourself has to be stronger than any critic. This is the only way to combat failure or any adversity that steps in our way,” says Boyd Parker of Hero Corp. So how did J.K. Rowling push through and make Harry Potter happen? Haden writes that J.K. Rowling said, “I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” The truth is that everyone assumes successful individuals are automatically creative and know what they did to achieve their success. But that’s not the case. “Just like Rowling, a lot of the individuals had to struggle to make it to the top. This is the definition of pushing forward and believing in yourself,” says Boyd Parker of Hero Corp.
Haden states, “Read stories of successful people and it’s easy to think they possess some intangible something — ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc. — that you don’t have. In most cases, they don’t. While it’s easy to look back on a path to success and assume that every vision was clear, every plan was perfect, every step was executed flawlessly, and tremendous success was a foregone conclusion. It wasn’t. Success is never assured; only in hindsight does it appear that way. If you’re willing to work hard, persevere, and take a chance on yourself, who you are is more than enough. Even if you’re on the extreme downside of advantage. Even if you feel you have nothing going for you.” This is an important statement and revelation. In order to have success, your vision will be crumbled and it will deteriorate, but working hard to obtain what you want takes time, this is a reality. Success through J.K. Rowling proves that it comes with hardship, but when it does — it’s worthwhile.