Media profits from selling us the dream of success — sometimes to our detriment.

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We’ve heard the stories a million times before. Some nobody with incredible talent worked for years in dire conditions until their writing became a bestseller. Stephen King was an impoverished teacher who could barely support his family until Carrie was published. JK Rowling was a clinically depressed, unemployed single mother when Harry Potter was rejected by publishers twelve times.

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Sarah C. Schafer

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