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20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

Tania Khadder and Zac Frank

August 25, 2009

#20: J.K. Rowling

Lesson: Don’t ever count yourself out.

In 1993, J.K. Rowling was diagnosed as clinically depressed and thought about suicide.

She battled the depression but in 1995 was living on welfare as she worked to complete a teaching certificate and finish her first novel. That novel, as most people now know, would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Rowling summoned her creativity to become one of the richest women in Britain. A mere five years after being on welfare, she was worth hundreds of millions of dollars.