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FROM REJECTION TO FAME

Like J.K Rowling, Learn how Decisions Can Take you From Where you Are to Where You Want to Be

By Sunday Chivueze Published 2 months ago 3 min read
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The first time I saw the movie "Harry Potter" I marvelled. So I decided to do some research about the movie and I realized that it was first a book and was written by a British author, J.K Rowling. Presently, the Harry Potter series has sold over 600 million copies, and has been translated into 84 languages. In 2008, Forbes named her the world's highest-paid author. Just in case you didn't read well, I'd like to bring back your attention to the fact that her voice is heard in 84 languages. But it will interest you to know that at age 30 Rowling was still frustrated with life's issues that made her consider suicide. She was still living in poverty and depression. Years back, I stumbled across many write ups on social media that gave a highlight of her story. One of the write ups read this:

"At age 17, she was rejected from college.

At age 25, her mother died from disease.

At age 26, she suffered a miscarriage.

At age 27, she got married.

Her husband abused her. Despite this, her daughter was born.

At age 28, she got divorced and was diagnosed with severe depression.

At age 29, she was a single mother living on welfare.

At age 30, she didn't want to be on this earth.

But, she directed all her passion into doing the one thing she could do better than anyone else.

And that was writing.

At age 31, she finally published her first book.

At age 35, she had released 4 books, and was named Author of the Year.

At age 42, she sold 11 million copies of her new book, on the first day of release.

This woman is J.K. Rowling.

Remember how she considered suicide at age 30?

Today, Harry Potter is a global brand worth more than $15 billion dollars."

You see, It's not just J.K Rowling. Almost all the great leaders in all industries came from a poor background. And with little or no support from anybody they still got to the peak in their careers and businesses. Why? DECISION!

As you read this today, I want to encourage you to take the decision to lead your industry because you CAN. If you can take the decision, you can do it.

Have you decided? If yes, then do the following:

1. Define Your Vision

Kow exactly what you want and what success means to you.

2. Cultivate Expertise

In today's knowledge-driven economy, expertise is currency. Whether you're in technology, finance, healthcare, or any other field, continuous learning and skill development are essential. By becoming a subject matter expert in your domain, you position yourself as a trusted authority and a go-to resource in your industry.

3. Build a Strong Network

No one achieves greatness alone. Building a strong network of mentors, collaborators, and supporters can significantly accelerate your journey to leadership. Research conducted by Harvard Business Review found that 65% to 85% of jobs are filled through networking. By cultivating meaningful relationships within your industry, you gain access to invaluable insights, opportunities and support systems that can propel your career forward.

4. Take Initiative

Do something crazy in your industry that will astound the world! Alright, I get it, "the world sounds too big for a start. But you can begin in your immediate environment to do something really crazy in your industry. Take a step to improve on what has been done by others in your industry.

You know what I'm talking about because your mind create such ideas, but you're always afraid of executing them. If you want to lead your industry, you must say goodbye to fear.

Execute ideas without fear and shame, therein lies your growth in your industry.

Be the first to execute your idea before you get to see someone executing them while you watch and feel the pain. People who lead industries make moves first!

You are the next big thing in your industry, so make the moves!

You become irresistible when you constantly make moves.

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