Despite all of the changes that Medium has been making over the past few months, I am still happy with the platform to be saying things like this.
For over a year now, I have been devoting plenty of my time to growing myself on this platform.
I’ve amassed a few thousand followers.(2,230 at the time of writing this)
I’ve written hundreds of posts on the platform by this point.
And my stats aren’t really that bad.
But I’m not writing that for the sake of gloating.
I’m showing the opportunities that Medium still brings to this platform despite all the changes and negativity towards this platform.
In fact, I’d like to focus more on this negativity and why I think it’s not necessary and does nothing but set you up for failure on this platform. In fact, by the end of this, I hope to change your view a little more much like how Tom Kuegler has broaden my perspective on this particular topic.
Being Comfortable With Complaining
The first trait I want to address is complaining. While I’ll admit I haven’t been exposed to that directly, I have heard from others that they’ve heard others complain about the platform.
To begin with, complaining in any sort of situation isn’t going to solve the problem. I’ve written a few times about complaining and how most of the time, it’s only going to drag you down.
Things are always going to be changing and evolving in this game. I can think of many examples of how complaining is a sign that you’ll be failing on this platform.
One that springs to mind is the speech from Simon Sinek on leaders and being aware of what game they are playing.
But what’s particularly important about this speech is Sinek’s final point on his speech: perspective.
In short, companies are struggling because of the type of game they are playing. All the same, writers are struggling because of the game that we are all playing as well.
The game that we are playing here is the infinite game: a composition of known and unknown amounts of players, no winners or losers, and the goal of the game is to perpetuate the game.
It’s a game that never ends and people leave the game once they run out of willpower or resources.
In terms of Medium, complaining is a distinct sign of losing willpower. We’re strung up about other writers success or the fact that Medium made some new changes that hamper us as writers. We are so focused on making this a competition that we lose sight of the main goal.
It’s probably why I’m not exposed to people complaining about the platform.
I’m only paying attention to those who are posting, improving and growing.
Now, complaining can prove to be a distinct advantage to you. As I pointed out before, complaining can be used constructively.
The Truth About Complaining
Since the start of this writing challenge, I’ve prompted myself to be doing research and to challenge my writing. As a…
But only is you are willing to move past the whining and the victimization of yourself and start to do something about it.
While some writers are getting paid less, some writers are getting paid more than ever before. As last months member program update stated, the top earner in July made $16,007.02!
Imagine how much work they had to put into that.
People Are Being Impatient
Another sign that you will fail on this platform is impatience. Going back to Sinek’s speech, it’s not just millennials who are impulsive individuals. It’s everyone.
A lot of us are expecting our content to go viral as soon as it’s posted.
We move from job to job, because we feel we’re only looking to get to the top as fast as we can.
We aren’t even aware of what is needed from us to get ourselves up to the top or how big of a jump we need to get there.
All of these things take time to discover and while all of that is happening, things are changing around us.
With all of this in mind, we need a level of impatience, but not to the point that everything is going to come right to us. We also need some level of patience as well, giving ourselves time to breathe and strategize.
As I always say with planning:
Plan a little, but move a lot.
We need to be patient enough to plan things out and strategize but impatient enough that we’ll act and move before the rules change on us again.
We cannot afford to sit and wait all the time, but some times the best move is to sit and wait.
If you have this balance, perhaps you have better odds. Perhaps it can help you to focus on what you want to deliver as opposed to trying to “beat the competition” or “win the game” or “beat the system.”
Because that’ll be an impossible task.
There are no winners in this game. But you’ll never lose either.
You Distance Yourself
The last one may be a result of the other two, but it’s still important to note. That being said, you can already see a pattern.
Complaining can leave you wallowing in a corner and your impatience focuses on you posting and running away.
Just like with social media, this is a platform as well all with distinct writers from various fields and a lot to say. There is a wealth of information out there and plenty of things to discuss.
No one wants to hear you moan and whine about how unfair something is. Yes it is unfair, but the big question here is what are you going to do about it? Complaining isn’t going to bring more awareness or get people to rally around you.
Since when do we rally around leaders who cry and complain and call that “being vulnerable”?
And sure, people can be nitpicky about every little detail and why some opinions are wrong, but that’s the point.
It’s meant to be a discussion.
It’s meant to be a debate, with no clear winner or loser.
It’s meant to be engaging and to hear other peoples thoughts.
Not to tear people down, but to share perspective.
And you may disagree with what you read and that’s alright. But it’s important to be part of the discussion, to expand your mind.
Because the people who will make it through this understand the importance of community. They understand where they want to go some day and whether Medium is going to be involved in all of it or some of it.
They know they can’t distance themselves and need to participate. Whether it’s commenting on hundreds of posts, sharing thoughts and providing discussion, or writing more content for publications and not solely for themselves.
You may be on Medium specifically for the money, but it’s far more important to provide discussion. As I mentioned above, a writer got paid 16K in July. They didn’t just post and leave.
They spent time and energy researching a lot. They have an in-depth understanding of their audience and what can spark conversation.
They worked hard and smart.
And clearly their efforts paid off.
The Platform Changed So We Need To Change Too
Yes, Medium has changed a lot. Some of us are sad to see the platform changing into what it is today. But we’ve been down this road before.
We’re in it right now with social media cracking down on third party apps.
To me, this is a sign that we need to move away from automating every aspect of social media and our lives and having to admit that some things we need to do ourselves.
And yes, it’s going to take us more time, and it’s not going to be more efficient.
But I think it’s all worth it.
Gary Vee’s social media is managed entirely by himself. He doesn’t have a manager looking after his account as he has said before. Not to mention, he’s on a widespread of platforms.
We don’t need to go to that extreme, however Gary is living proof that we can do a lot on our own and it can be better. It’s more personable.
This is something that’s needed and can breath in new life. As soon as we let go of some of those things above, and embrace the process and journey we are on, we can truly thrive when we push ourselves.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon