Who am I to give advice? Well, I’m just a regular person to be quite honest. But I have experiences to share, that I hope bring something to the table. That’s why I’m here, to open myself to anyone who is willing to read what I have to say, to be authentic and vulnerable, to give of myself willingly. That’s what writing is about for me. I have some skills, but I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination in anything. However, if you get something out of what I have to say, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.
We all have worthy advice, celebrity or not. And here on Medium, you don’t have to be a celebrity for someone to read your words, take heed (well, maybe!), and give thanks for the road you’ve already traveled and learn from your mistakes. Most of us have learned from life experience and just want to pass that along to others. Learn from one another, teach one another, and grow together.
Sure, we have some pretty awesome celebrities in their field writing here. Even some straight up Hollywood types here. But as another writer stated in an article I posted in The Post-Grad Survival Guide some time ago, every professional was an amateur once, the difference is, they kept going. (I’m paraphrasing here).
The internet offers a place for people to ask for advice, ask questions in general, give advice; it’s a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge at the tips of our fingers. When I was a kid, if I wanted to know something in the middle of the night, and I often did, I couldn’t very well wake up my parents and ask. So, off to my trusty encyclopedias I would go. Unfortunately, the set that I had still showed JFK as being alive. I was born in 1977, so you can imagine how old they were.
Now, information is updated almost the nanosecond that it happens. This can be amazing and kind of scary at the same time. But in this fast paced world, especially when you are writing for a living, knowledge is power. Just make sure you’re getting the right knowledge.
And if you are like me, make sure you are giving the right kind of knowledge. Be yourself, be authentic, give good advice. I would much rather read someone who is being true to themselves, telling their stories with their whole hearts, than someone who is trying to maintain the status quo and appear perfect. Everyone who I read here on a consistent basis is real, raw, and true to themselves. They are who I give 50 claps to on their free articles. They are who I “spend” my member claps on each month. Who I can’t wait to see new content from. And I hope I am that person for some of you as well. Not for the monetization, but for the hope that I touch someone the way others do for me.
If You Want To Change The World, Do This
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
So why should we listen to one another? Because we are the human experience. We aren’t some distilled version of what’s going on out here. We are the stories that don’t make it to the news. And we care.