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And no, you don’t have to wake up at 3 am or quit your day job.

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Somehow, since the beginning of the year, I’ve managed to produce over 100,000 words every month. I say somehow because I’m not a full-time writer, with all the time in the world to write when I want. However, I am a full-time employee, a father, husband, and — as of recent — a heavy Runescape addict.

So how do I manage to consistently produce over 100,000 words every month without the freedom of a full-time writer?

I have adopted ten specific strategies that — if implemented — can give anyone the freedom necessary to write as much as they want…

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They said I could make some extra money; they weren’t wrong.

So I’ve been writing on Medium for a while now, and it hasn’t been as profitable for me as it has for others. Yes, I did (once) make it into the league of Medium’s top 7% earners, but $128 in a single month isn’t much to brag about — compared to what others claim to earn on the Medium platform. For me, however, it was a major milestone, almost like having some mystical owl hand me an envelope, and then it says, “You’re a Writer, Harry.”

But, like all great accomplishments in life, eventually, it began to feel like no…

5 Tips to Boost Your Online Presence on Social Media

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If I could, I’d delete all of my social media accounts, burn my laptop, buy an old typewriter, and focus solely on my writing.

But, alas, like you, I too understand that to be a writer — or at least to be paid like one — one must have an established social media presence, a dedicated following, people willing and eager to consume our content. Admittedly, I dream of one day achieving such a feat.

So, a few dozen books later (and a lot of Tylenol to stem the headaches ), I’ve established a — decent — social media following…

What we’re looking for in June/July of 2021

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Wow. What a year it has been (so far). All in all, I’m very excited to see what the future of Medium holds in store for us.

Like many of you, I have been inspired by Medium’s recent decision to introduce monthly bonuses for top writers. This bonus ranges from $50-$1,000 and is based upon your level of engagement — at least, I think.

With that said, for the remainder of this month and next (June & July), I will be looking for specific articles focused on a few key areas.

When I first launched this publication, Finding Greatness, it…

What I’ve learned working seven years in sales

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I’ve spent the last seven years working in sales. In that time, the company nominated me as “top salesman” for eleven months in a row. I took several company-led courses on leadership development and was even handpicked for multiple company events statewide.

Slowly, over time, I moved up the ranks. In 2018, I made the most extensive commission check in our company’s history.

You could say that I learned a thing or two during my seven years in sales.

Understand that people buy from people

I work in cellular sales, which means that I work with a large variety of customers. …

If you want to take control of your life, then you must learn to accept responsibility for why you are where you are now.

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Your life is predetermined by the decisions that you made in the past. Therefore, your future will be determined by your decisions today and for the rest of your life, though coming to terms with this truth can often be easier said than done.

Think back to a time when everything seemed out of your hands; maybe you lost a job, or your car broke down. These are events that, in the moment, may seem out of your control, but in reality, your past decisions are what led to that point.

If you want to take control of your life…

Welcome to Finding Greatness!

New writers in June, top performing articles, & more

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Hello, and welcome to Finding Greatness.

When I think of the term, Finding Greatness, I think about all of the people in the past who inspired others to live their best lives. People like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Bob Marley, John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks, and so many more. These individuals used their God-given talents to inspire others in their day-to-day lives.

But, you see, they weren’t really that talented. …

Self-taught lessons on improving heart health

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Do you know what it feels like to have a heart attack or to suffer from cardiac arrest?

It almost feels like a panic attack: sweaty hands, dull pain in your chest, weak legs, tingly arms, and a constant sense of doom.

Knowing that you could die at any moment, realizing the realities of the human body, we are fragile. Weak. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

As a youth, I would suffer from extreme palpitations and an increased heart rate that would sometimes spike up to 300 beats per minute. My doctor claimed that I was experiencing panic…

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The truth is, if Medium cared about talent, I probably wouldn't be here.

I’m a high school dropout with very little formal education, and the only reason my writing is semi-bearable is that I’ve been writing every day for the last few years.

Maybe, in a traditional setting, my formal education would bear greater weight, but on Medium, it really doesn’t matter.

The only thing that matters here is hard work and consistency.

Think about it; how many articles have you submitted, believing that they were the “bee's knees” only to receive a few measly cents and a handful of claps. But then, suddenly, that random article you wrote last week blows up…

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And why you should

Life has so much to offer, but in the end, it’s really what you make of it because it’s your life and nobody else’s.

In debt, living paycheck to paycheck, I nearly thought it impossible to live my dream life. To experience different cultures and their unique types of foods. To hike the jungle side by side with the elephants in Thailand. To relax on a hammock overlooking the Caño Cristales river in Colombia while smoking some of their finest marijuana. The list goes on, but as you can tell, I won’t be able to do all that while living…

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