What a wild ride it’s been. I have loved every minute of writing on Medium, the ups, and the downs. Even if it took hindsight to appreciate the downs. I have been amazed at what I have accomplished so far on this journey.
But I worked hard to get here and I’m far from being close to quitting.
Over six months ago, in June of 2018, I found myself asking my wife “do you think I should do this Partner Program thing?”
Little did I know the months of miracles and personal growth that lay ahead.
My primary reason for being here is to help people, and I hope to maintain that. Although I know that I am imperfect and will not always be pure in heart, that is my goal — to do the right thing in writing and for the right reasons.
So, in the spirit of helping those of you who want to learn, here are a few things that helped me earn over $900 with the Medium Partner Program.
First, I committed
I was a lurker here for nearly eight months. Just reading and paying attention, all the while learning what all the greatest Medium writers were doing. But I always felt that I should begin writing. I tried to push it away, but the feeling wouldn’t leave me.
I was scared to start.
I used to have a lot of dysfunctional beliefs about money. I thought that money was evil, that I was wrong to want it, and that it would turn me into someone I didn’t want to be.
I was afraid to start studying and applying the principles that I knew would help me earn enough money to reach my goals.
But I felt that it was the right thing to do, so I did it anyway.
I read a personal record-breaking 35 books last year, mostly business, money, and personal development. My life has taken off in more ways than I can count.
But I didn’t really begin to reach new levels until I started to contribute instead of just consume.
I knew when my wife and I met with a mortgage broker and saw how much it would be just to maintain a house payment that I had to do something differently. That was the real catalyst to get me going studying money and business.
Then I came across Jeff Rose who told me to commit to a year at first.
So I committed to an entire 18 months. I knew deep down that I would fall in love with writing and it would be much longer than that. Maybe I was scared that writing would consume me, I’m not sure.
But I am very grateful that I committed and got started.
I became consistent
Consistency is the number one most significant indicator of success when you’re trying to create high quality content. If you want to improve, become consistent.
The only real failure is when you stop trying.
I’ve written and published an article nearly every weekday since I began in July of 2018. Sometimes I’ve struggled to sit down and get something out. But the more I’ve written, the more I’ve learned just how much I love it, and the better I became.
I wrote through writer’s block, depression, graduate work, and more.
I’ve published over 150 articles, every one of them a learning experience of its own.
I wrote even though I wasn’t great at first. I threw caution to the wind, realizing that I was not going to progress as quickly by reading as I would by writing.
I got involved
First, I took Tom Kuegler’s course about writing on Medium. After what I learned there I eventually joined three Facebook groups for Medium writers. Every one of these groups has been critical to my growth.
I would not have grown as much as I have without the support from the people that I have met here and in those groups. I know that even on the difficult days, I have so many other writers by my side, showing up to write.
Medium is about the community, and if you want to succeed here, you’ve got to get involved.
I’m doing this principle a disservice though by making it sound like work. It’s not. Getting involved on Medium feels even less like work than the writing does.
And that’s saying a lot because the writing is a joy and blessing all of it’s own.
I try to be as involved as I can, but I fear that I fall far short of my potential. I get caught up with balancing faith, family, a full-time job, graduate school, and physical health.
What I love though is that I feel confident that the friends I’ve met here on Medium are genuine. They’re the kind of friends that you don’t see in 10 years, and there is no judgment for why you never called or wrote.
I only wish that I could spend more time with them. Hopefully, one day, I will get to see that wish become reality. No, not hopefully, I am going to make that happen.
I have a firm hope that my writing here will be the start I need to create the online coaching business that I’m working so hard on. The same online business that will let me quit my day job and focus on what matters to me — making a difference in people’s lives.
Which brings me to my last, and most important point — believing in yourself.
I believe in myself, more than I ever have before
It pains me to see so many people in this world suffering from the effects of not believing in their personal strengths and potential. I’ve learned through contributing here on Medium what my strengths are.
I know now that I owe it to the world to believe in myself.
After teaching a lesson recently, someone told me that I had a light that they appreciated. Usually, I would shrug a comment like that off. I might give lip service to being grateful, but not believe the compliment.
Now, I believe in my light. I know that I owe it to the world to believe in it.
Let alone the fact that it’s not my light, but that is another story for another day.
My name means light — Luke is Latin for light. I’ve known that for over a decade now, but have always struggled to believe that I can be that in people’s lives.
It’s time for me to stop living in darkness.
I am going to stop hiding under a bushel.
I was sent here to be a light, and that’s what I’m going to be.
Writing on Medium has helped me see the light in myself. It only took a small glimpse of that light for my writing and my life to take off in ways I’d never imagined possible.
More importantly, I know that if you commit and become consistent, you will see your light too. The world needs your light. We, here on Medium, need your light.
And I need your light to help me keep contributing here, too.
It was never about the money.
Writing on Medium is all about the difference that you can make in people’s lives.
A big thanks and shoutout to the many people who have made my growth here possible, including Niklas Göke, Tom Kuegler, Jeff Rose, CFP®, Shannon Ashley, Shae Jackson, Lincoln W Daniel, Nicole Akers, Nupoor Raj, Frank McKinley, Dharmesh Basapati, Kamga Tchassa, Jewel Eliese, Sam H Arnold, Jessica Nicasio, and so many more that I have not the time nor room to mention. You know who you are. I could not have done any of this without you.