JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling was unemployed, divorced and raising a daughter on social security while writing the first Harry Potter novel.

We all know her story by now. Newly divorced with an infant daughter and a mother who was suffering from MS, Rowling was as poor as possible “without being homeless in modern Britan” when she began writing the Harry Potter series.

J.K. Rowling is now internationally renowned for her seven book  series and is the first person to become a billionaire from writing.

For true inspiration, check out her commencement speech on the benefits of failure here.

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