|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12
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PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT (J.K. ROWLING)
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 14 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What lessons did your father teach you about dealing with adversity?"
British author Joanne Rowling, also known as J.K. Rowling, is an inspiration for being "Persistent and Consistent."
Rowling is the richest author in the world, with a net worth of $1 billion. She is the author of the hit children’s fantasy series "Harry Potter." The seven-volume series has sold over 600 million copies.
J.K. Rowling was a divorced, single mom, sometimes living on welfare when she was writing the Harry Potter books. She walked her daughter in her stroller until she fell asleep, then rushed to the nearest café to get out as many pages as she could before the baby woke up.
In 1995, after five years of work, she submitted her first Harry Potter manuscript to twelve British publishers and was rejected by all of them. One publisher advised her: "It’s far too long for children".
The head of one publisher, Bloomsbury, handed the manuscript to her granddaughter, who couldn’t put it down until she finished reading the entire thing. Bloomsbury finally gave Harry Potter the green light a year later. Had the little girl not loved the story, Harry Potter might not have been published.
More than a decade later, J. K. Rowling sent out the manuscript of her new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, to publishers under a pseudonym (Robert Galbraith) because she wanted her work to stand on its own merit rather than on her fame. The editor who read and rejected the book said it was "quiet" and "didn’t stand out "and suggested the author take a writing course.
Her Robert Galbraith books have sold over 11 million copies.
How "Persistent and Consistent" are you?
Yours in Coaching,
It's bedtime, and we lock the door,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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