Below is an excerpt from my e-book, “Threadbare to Billionaire: J.K. Rowling’s Solopreneurial Magic and How You Can Use It To Spark Your Business.”
Rowling says living in poverty, being at the bottom, gave her permission to be herself. She had nothing to lose. There was no risk.
“That was so freeing. Why wouldn’t I want to write? What is the worst that could happen — it [my book] gets turned down by every publishing group? Big deal.
“I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy to finish the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded in anything else, I might never have found the determination in the one arena where I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea.
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. It was my life.”
How to Apply Rowling’s Wisdom: Rowling didn’t know it at the time, but a “nothing to lose” attitude is a great environment for the birth of any new venture. Rowling’s “rock bottom as foundation” imagery is profound, original, and inspiring. Save the rock-bottom passage, blow the words up, turn them into a poster; it could be invaluable to you or someone you love: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
 Runcie, James, “J.K. Rowling…A Year in the Life,” 2007