Fair Warning: Before you read any further, this is an honest conversation that I wish to have with people who complain too much. Hence, if you have thin skin and can’t handle criticism; kindly ignore this and move on.
This is a pattern that is developing, not just here, but on every creative platform I’ve come across.
Too many creators aren’t focusing on “creating”, but are rather spending their energy on “criticising” and “complaining”.
Too many individuals presenting “problems”, but nobody provides a “solution”.
Here’s what you’re doing wrong, and you need to hear this — let it seep in.
Nobody that I know of, Nobody ever worth remembering found “success” by constantly complaining.
I’ll write that down again,
NOBODY EVER FOUND SUCCESS BY COMPLAINING.
This is the pattern I’ve noticed, Writers who should be using their creative energy to publish wonderful content are now resorting to how the “system” is against them.
I understand, it’s frustrating — okay?
You wallet is getting thinner and you’re annoyed that others get featured more often than you do.
You’re angry because you’re not hitting that goal you set for yourself.
You’re annoyed your article didn’t get as much “claps” as the next person.
You’re comparing your work to theirs and think you deserved more.
Ask yourself this,
Will complaining get you there?
What are we here to do?
Write or Complain?
Support each other or Criticise people who get featured?
We should be happy for one another, not constantly bashing each other.
This was a place that gave us all to come together, and be able to earn something from our ideas and reflections.
Before this, there was nothing of the sort.
Look to other platforms, let’s take YouTube for an example —
The most successful channels, did they complain when their first videos didn’t go viral?
The most resilient creators, did they find subscribers by constantly bashing others who did make it?
The energy that you reflect, is the energy you attract.
There are writer whose work I admire, continue to do so, and yet I’m finding that the articles that I once couldn’t wait to read are now just verbal vomit of “why” everything is just “wrong”.
Of why they’re not doing as well as they used to.
Let me put myself on the line here, go ahead take a look through my profile.
Look at how many of my articles have absolutely no claps, what so ever.
Now notice how “often” I continued to write anyways…
Why do I do that?
Was I disappointed? No.
Because for me, Writing is publishing great content.
When it fails, I accept it and move on — to the next piece.
Because I believe in my abilities as a writer, and I refuse to quit.
Does that mean I’ll keep grinding away at my job, sure! Why not?
It helps support me in the pursuit of what I love.
Life requires sacrifices, my friends.
You can’t pick and choose.
Nobody will hand it out to you on a silver platter.
And by constantly complaining and quitting, you’re just making it easier for “me” to succeed — because there’s less competition.
Yes I hate my job, but writing gets me through it — what else will I do?
Until I make it as a Writer, which I don’t know if I will — how can I?
I can’t predict the future.
In pursuit of being able to do what I love, I have to make sacrifices.
I don’t complain, I just move forward.
Doesn’t affect me.
My skin isn’t that thin, and the only way I know how to succeed is hard-work.
Sure we all have lives to live and families to support.
But know that the path to success is never easy, my dear fellows.
People who “made it” didn’t get there by complaining and quitting.
They had the ability to tune out the noise, the criticism, cross the barriers, and found a way to succeed in their pursuit.
No matter how disheartening it feels to NOT get the expected result; continue.
Don’t appreciate some one else’s fame, ignore it.
Nobody is forcing you to “read” featured articles.
Nobody is forcing you to do anything, in fact.
You’re making the choice.
As harsh as it sounds, and I’m sure I sound like a major asshole — You needed to hear this.
My advice, Keep Grinding, Keep Working Hard, Keep Writing, Keep Creating Content, and the day will come for you — you’ll persevere.
Because on days when you think “I wish I could only just write for a living and not do this shitty side gig”, remind yourself why the side-gig is just a byproduct in helping you support your way through to what really matters.
When it’s time, and you learn how to swim — we’ll let go of the floats.
Until then, dear soul — stop complaining, start writing.
Most of all, remember to spread the love — help each other.
Wish you all the best in your pursuit,