J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series has a new book (affiliate link) coming out tomorrow, and it’s not for kids and doesn’t involve wizards. This lead me to wonder, what must it feel like for this woman, who has had so much success in one genre, to have a book coming out in an entirely different genre? Yes, she no longer has to worry about money, and that’s big, I get that. But the pressure to “deliver” again must be enormous, or is it?
Here’s what I found out about her book:
1. Her Kindle Book is currently priced pretty high for an ebook. Why? In short, I believe it is because she can.
2. Her book has gotten a ton of publicity because of her track record.
3. Getting press review copies of her books has been very difficult.
In short, she’s in a position where she can make her market because of her past performance. Yes, I’m sure she feels pressure to deliver a quality read to her audience but the big story for us, as women-in-business, is that success and opportunities build on each other and grow exponentially.
I’ve seen this time and again in so many industries and in some of my clients. They work hard to build a reputation of results and their other “ventures” just grow faster. I’ve also seen this with employees that have proven themselves to their superiors, for example, getting first crack at the promotions.
Getting from “Point A” to “Point B” seems almost impossible, at times, with the subsequent push to get to the next goal or level in business going faster exponentially. I think of it as being similar to getting a plane off of the ground. Take-offs are loud, consume a lot of fuel and a particularly dangerous time in the overall flight.
So if you are in the middle of a new job, a new business, or a new project, just realize that if you keep at it, there will come the day when the results will come in exponentially and watching your business project “get off the ground” can be scary but also exhilarating.
Keep going, and take heart from Rowling’s experience. With a lot of work and a bit of luck, we’ll all be setting our own terms soon too.