So usually, you hear people ask, “What would you do if you won the lottery?”
Well … duh … that’s kinda easy.
But how often do you hear someone ask, “What would you do, if you lost everything?”
By this, I mean your house, your job, your car, even your marriage. I’m not a complete sadist, so I’ll spare you your loved ones and pets.
Besides having a panic attack, perhaps you’re not too sure how to answer. Well…
I can tell you what J.K. Rowling did.
According to Wikipedia (and rumors I’ve heard from others who saw her speak), Rowling considered herself a large failure seven years after graduating from college. Her marriage had failed, and she was jobless with a child. Yet, she said the following—as cited in Wikipedia from The Fringe Benefits of Failure, 2008:
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me [Harry Potter].”
This has been on my mind lately.
I won’t lie. In fact, I’ll be completely truthful. I’ve been a little quieter on this blog, because I’m in a career transition. I lost my job of more than five years after the company I worked for lost a major federal contract. It wasn’t just my job affected, but hundreds of others, too.
So now, using everything I have, I’ve launched my new business, “Shari’s Ink: Copywriting & Creative Services.” And I’m writing a novel that burns inside my soul.
I have a house. I have a life. And I keep asking myself, what would I do, should I lose it all?
Maybe I could become the next J.K. Rowling.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?