“You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.” ~ J. K. Rowling, Author

Summary: J. K. Rowling is undoubtedly one of the most renowned authors of the century. Despite the personal struggles, from losing her mother, to living in relative poverty, she rose to fame through the publication of the first novel of her series: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. After gaining world-wide attention, JK Rowling pursued writing the next six books in the series, and winning multiple awards from thereon. She is currently the bestselling author in the United Kingdom. Her inspiration, however, transcends fictional boundaries as she is considered a moral and political inspiration by her fans across the world.

Nationality: British

Industry: Literature

Q: You’ve explained that finishing something big can generate the momentum you need to persevere through your next project? on cnbc.com

A: Maybe your third, fourth, fiftieth song/novel/painting will be the one that “makes it,” that wins the plaudits. But you’d never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience).