You’d call J.K. Rowling talented, right? I sure would. She wrote one of my favorite series of all time, she’s an international best seller, and a household name.
However, when she first set off to get Harry Potter published, she was REJECTED. Loads and loads of times.
Can you even imagine someone reading Harry Potter and thinking it was garbage?
And if she’d let those rejection define her talents, she never would have made it to where she is now. If she would have looked at that heap of rejection letters pouring from her mailbox (perhaps even reminiscent of the Hogwarts letter scene in book one!) she could have said, “That proves it. I’m not talented. I should give up.”
But she didn’t. She kept going.
Now, let me ask a more difficult question: what do you think about Stephenie Meyer, of Twilight? Or E.L. James of Fifty Shades of Grey? Ask a number of people their opinion on these writers’ talents, and the answers will vary. Some say these are untalented writers. Others say they are brilliant. [Read more…] about Why mindset is more important than talent