Everyone’s looking for the next JK Rowling, but like any “Cinderella Story”, they tend to forget that there’s no such thing as an overnight success. According to Wikipedia, JK Rowling was rejected by 12 different publishing houses before Bloomsbury agreed to publish the first Harry Potter Book. Even then, she was advised to get a day job because it wasn’t likely she’d make any money writing children’s books.
No one could have predicted the success of Harry Potter. But that is part of the reason I think it’s successful. It wasn’t planned or formulated. No one was trying for a repeat performance. It was unlike anything anyone had ever experienced. As a “regular person” who hadn’t yet been discovered, JK Rowling was free to write from her heart with no further expectations than bringing a story forward and sharing it.
Another example of great storytelling is the team behind Pixar Animation Studios. There is a short documentary playing on Knowledge Network that I have watched at least 6 times and the other night, I watched it again. John Lasseter’s story is a fantastic example of the Law of Attraction at work. He decided at a very young age that he wanted to not only create cartoons, but to work for Disney. He didn’t know how it would happen but he never lost sight of his dream nor did he ever doubt that it would come true.
Mr. Lasseter understands the creative mind and the fact that creative-types have a unique perspective. Our needs are different than our left-brained counterparts and he has been very careful to foster those by creating a work environment that is tailored to creativity. He truly believes that if you let a creative person do what they do best in a manner that works for them, they will bring more to the table than you ever dreamed possible. What’s better is that he supports that belief by giving his team the support and tools they need to foster their ideas. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk and does it better than anyone else in the industry.
Needless to say, both JK Rowling and John Lasseter continue to inspire me. So tell me, who inspires you?