External Validators

The other day I got published in Business Insider!

External ValidatorsThe other day I got published in Business Insider!

The other day I got published in Business Insider!

My article has over 30,000 views..wow (probably inflated though, but still)

First of all I wanted to say thank you to everyone who congratulated me. I am really grateful for all of the support and all of the opportunities coming my way, mostly luckily.

The second thing I want to do is ask why? Why now? Why this post? Why is this the thing people are going to think about?

I’ve written a blog post EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 180 days, but because some external validator came along and decided to let me post for them, it becomes a “big deal.” (I use big deal in the sense for me, not in the grand scheme of things).

The majority of my blog posts that I’ve published were of the same caliber or even higher of that post for BI.

So I’ve come to a thought/realization — something sparked by my recent conversation with Micah Baldwin :).

It’s that people tend to focus on the ends and never look at the means. But in reality, the means make the ends. People did not congratulate me on all of the hard work that happened between writing my first post over half a year ago and this one — no. They said good job on writing this one individual post.

It’s so easy to do that. I do it all the time. I trick myself into thinking that I can do something awesome without putting the work in.

I know that to get anywhere you have to be humble enough to recognize that there are no shortcuts to getting what you want. You have to work hard to get attention. Is it attention I want? No. I want much more than that. I’m still refining what it is that I do want.

So I’ll close on this note — getting published in BI is not a metric. It’s a vanity thing to look at. It makes me feel good. It makes people who know me maybe feel good. Or feel bad. Idk.

But it’s not the end. It’s just the beginning.


By jordangonen on August 7, 2016.

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