J.K. Rowling is the perfect example of a person never giving up. Several years after graduating from college, the British author deemed her life to be a failure. She was recently divorced and jobless with a child to care for. Rowling went on public assistance and fell into a deep depression. But she credits that very dark time in her life for freeing her up and allowing her to focus solely on writing. She wrote her first novel while receiving government aid. Five years later, Rowling became a best-selling author and a multimillionaire.