One of my Christmas gifts this year was a copy of J.K. Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy. The moment the final credits of the last Harry Potter film faded off the screen, I wondered what Rowling would do with the rest of her life. With the series at an end, I imagined she would focus on her kids and start enjoying the benefits of this wonderful thing she'd accomplished. She might write a bit, but only to clear her cluttered imagination of all the rich backstories and eccentricities of the wizarding world.
Then I heard about The Casual Vacancy. I took the news quietly, thinking immediately of Rowling. What was she thinking? She's already accomplished everything a writer could hope for! Her books have not only been wildly successful -- they have captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation.
Couldn't she just stop there? No one would blame her. And this book... what if it isn't any good? Or maybe it is good, but simply lacks the magic of her last success. The question is: How do you follow up the best thing you've ever done?
That's why J.K. Rowling is incredibly brave. She's daring to believe that the best thing she's ever done is yet to come!
She's declaring, "The Next Big Thing is on its way!"
She won't quit, even while she's ahead.
She will not be defined by her failures.
She will not be defined by her successes.
She will keep creating, because that is who she is.
Will you keep creating? Do you dare to believe in the Next Big Thing?
Tell me about your Next Big Thing in the comments.