I Failed...Did I Really?

July 31, 2017

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“Rejected, single motherhood, almost homeless, penniless, failure” to selling over 400 million copies and being translated into more than 60 languages??!!  How is that possible you might ask.  Well it doesn’t end there, The books have also spawned a series of movies, video games and other merchandise that made J.K Rowling one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry. 


J.K Rowling, the author and creator of the celebrated Harry Potter book series, is born near Bristol, England is born on this day in 1965.


“It would've really helped to have someone who had had a measure of success come say to me, 'You will fail. That's inevitable. It's what you do with it.”How does one go from being in such depth of darkness into being a renowned writer, a world mover?  In one of her interviews with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show, J.K Rowling says She goes on to add that we do not talk about failure in our society.




As a Life Coach, My response to him was a question which struck something within him once I asked it -  “What’s failure?


The dictionary states that Failure is - "an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success:” 


And Success is “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.”


So, let’s take J.K Rowling’s story for instance and make stuff up – Let’s say she wanted to be a writer and have her books published – that was the goal.  She wrote, submitted her manuscripts to publishing houses and the publishing houses said No, until.


What’s the failure? And what’s the Success?


The real questions are:

  • How are you viewing the outcomes? Failure Vs. Success?  Are they also black or white?


  • Are you taking into consideration the successes (wins) along the road? E.g huge here - is she WROTE and SUBMITTED her manuscripts! This takes a lot of courage and dedication amongst other things


  • What are you doing with the so called “Failure?”  What choices are you making before, during, and after what you deem a failure?


Is Failure a Locked, boarded up, sealed forever door for you or is it an opportunity to find out if there is another door or perhaps a window to get in through or re-evaluate the building.


It's been said, Failure is the best teacher.  What are you doing with your Failures?  


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