Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Do It

Who told you that you couldn’t?

Just don’t do it! (Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash)

I get a lot of opinions disguised as advice. Most of it is of the variety where they tell me that I can’t do something, because, well, they couldn’t. After all, much smarter and more motivated people, like them, have tried and failed, so how do I think I can?

I always try to be a better person and make some kind of noise that they think is an agreement. “Uh-hum. You think so?

I don’t like confrontation, and I also don’t want to interact with idiots who think they are better than me.

I plan to prove them wrong. I’ll let karma take care of the rest.

What am I doing?

I have a whole lot planned this month.

On Medium, I have big goals. For March, the plan is to publish 60 stories (or more). These will not be glorified drafts; they will be polished pieces that I am proud to call mine. I’ve never been known to release shoddy work, both when I was freelancing (and I easily did as many articles in a month), or on Medium.

I’m also creating content and finishing up the last details on my blog. I have five posts right now, and I want to have ten more before I have a launch party (WooHoo!). I’ve just soft-launched it so far because I am securing affiliates and working out the bugs. I haven’t done any promotion yet except for a few links on social media.

I am not hurrying to finish, because I am focusing on Medium and I want to make sure that the quality of my work fits my standards.

A couple of days I worked 12 hours, but I know it won’t always be that way. I can easily draft 3, 750–1200-word stories in a few hours. Then all I have to do is edit, proof, format, and publish.

I don’t feel overwhelmed, and I don’t think I will. My mental and physical health is good, and my motivation is wonderful. I am at the top of my game right now, and I am going to take advantage of this time that I have.

And, it’s not always going to be like this. I know I can easily keep up this pace for a month or two.

Why am I doing this?

I write for many reasons. Call me what you want (sellout?), but I mostly write for money. I mean, I get a lot of joy out of writing, but I’ve decided to make it my job. Why not make money from something I love instead of doing something I hate?

Medium won’t be my only source of income, but I will be the main one. I have other things I do like blog and ghost-write.

If writing is my only job, why wouldn’t I push myself to do the best I could do? Why wouldn’t I pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to be successful?

Just because you haven’t made any money on Medium doesn’t mean I won’t. I have no doubts that Medium will be a huge part of my total income. Yes, I have a whole lot of confidence in myself, but isn’t that how it should be?

Just because you don’t think you can do it, doesn’t mean that I can’t.

I did! (Photo by George Pagan III on Unsplash)

What the hell was this?

You might be wondering what this whole post was about. Well, in the space of a day, I had three people tell me that I was unrealistic, and if I publish too much my work will be shit.

Instead of being a jerk and making a scene, I thought I would write about it in case some of my other writer friends have people telling them they can’t do something.

Don’t let anyone steal your thunder. Don’t let anyone talk down to you and tell you that your dream is unrealistic.

If it had been one person, I could have ignored it.

Now that I have gotten all this out, I am more motivated to do what I set out to do this month. And I’ll do what it takes the next. And the next. And the next.

I don’t know about you, but the more people tell me that something can’t be done, the more I want to prove them wrong.

Writer friends — LET’S DO THIS!

Introverted essayist and fulltime YouTuber | Dreamer - I am doing it my way and it might take a bit longer. Don't wait up.

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