I Made .21 on Medium and…
.. it meant the world to me. As a writer, we are the King of procrastination. We embody imposter syndrome and never put out our writing. In the great words of Erykah Badu, “I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit.”
So we drown ourselves instead of releasing our magical writings into the world.
As an artist of any medium, the first step is difficult, but the actions after feel even worse. We get our gifts from God, and it’s our purpose to put them into the physical form. We often question, “Would anyone understand?”. But, once we show our work, the love comes in.
Even if it’s not to the caliber we want, someone on this Earth loves what we create.
Medium is a great platform, and it’s very moving to see other writers provide the secret formula for new writers to prosper. But, to be honest, if I see one more of these articles leading advice, I will scream. It’s one thing for someone to share their success and how-to’s, but it’s almost heart-wrenching when I see how many of these articles are being praised.
As creators of anything, we must understand that we all have our paths. Some of us are meant to hold onto our 9–5 a bit longer, so we don’t stress. Some are intended to let go of it quicker because the writing was a medium to catapult us into the next big thing.
If I were inspired to be an R&B singer, I wouldn’t hang onto Beyonce’s advice. I would listen once and set out to do what feels natural to me. So often, I question why people need so many how-to guides. It’s usually because we want a painless path to becoming the greatest to ever to it.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing.
We must get some cuts and bruises along our journey and see every lesson. Always remember your first was the bravest thing you’ve ever done. The ride is meant to learn and see what speaks to you and what doesn’t. People would assume a book is a final step in your journey for a writer.
While this is a dream, others simply wish to make articles and speak in doses about what they’re passionate about.
As a model, many assumed my dream was to be on a billboard or walk in Paris fashion week. But to their surprise, though I made it to Vogue, I adored working with small brands and watching them evolve. It made me happy to work with the brand during the infant stage. In my military career, people fantasized about going overseas and fighting in a war. I was proud to be a black female leader amongst males working as a diesel mechanic.
Never let the outside noise confuse what you’re destined to do from your heart when you begin your journey. Of course, writing on Medium, we all would love to make $1,000,000 per article, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show gratitude to every .21 article along the way.