Why are workers who matter most, valued less?

The people who do the most important work are the least valued.

As I spent part of the pandemic in Asia, the people who had the most impact on my life were not in corporate offices, weren’t television stars or influencers.

The person who had the most impact on my life were people like grocery store workers, restaurant workers, hospital workers, public cleaners and other city workers.

When I entered a country, for example, it was essential front-line workers at the airport who checked me in, conducted the on arrival COVID tests and walked me through all the steps of…


The answer isn’t always writing more

You know that you were born to write.

You have a writing ability that not many people do. You might even know that it’s your gift.

The idea here isn’t that you can’t write but it’s something that’s going on in your life that’s preventing you from writing.

It’s not that you can’t write. You just don’t want to.

You don’t even know what it is that’s stopping you.

You’re deep in the thick of resistance and feeling paralyzed about putting words to paper or the screen.

All you can do is read other people’s writing and lament that you’re…


Lessons from brainstorming with dozens of writers.

Having a free flow of ideas is helpful as a writer.

The most painful thing is sitting down and having nothing to say. The idea is to brainstorm and ideate in your non-writing time and become a writing machine when you sit down to write

After a good writing month on this platform, I decided to start a free writing mentorship group to support other writers. I thought if I had made a successful run on Medium and crossed the four-figure earnings mark in a year, I could help other writers do the same.

When I offered this free writing…


These friendly publications are on your side

Publications aren’t worth the trouble or the time.

I’m not someone who has played the publications game while on Medium. As a writer on Medium, I may have shown up on a large Medium publication about 15 times. While I enjoy the opportunity to write for the Accent, P.S. I Love You, The Writing Cooperative and others, I’m not entirely sold on them.

If you want my honest and candid take on publications, I made this video to talk about my thoughts on publications.

I don’t think Medium is sold on publications either. In fact, they got rid of their…


And got compensated in the most unusual way

After a year on Medium, I crossed the four-digit mark on earnings in April.

It just happened with one viral article which crossed the thousand dollar mark.

Then, Medium threw in a $500 bonus on top of that. I was ecstatic to hit this goal that many of us are aspiring to on Medium.

I was so ecstatic. I wanted to give back to the Medium community, so I started a free mentoring program for other writers on the platform. You can read all about it here.

What I decided to do was help other writers with whatever tips and…


Why you love the dream and hate the practice

You wake up from a dreamy slumber and saddle into your chair to kick off the morning with four hours of writing.

You then have breakfast with your significant other, work out, and write a couple more hours before lunchtime.

After noon, you’re done for the day. You are a best selling author with many best-selling books. Everything you write is read by millions of people.

You can’t believe that this is an actual job.

You wake up, do what you love and spend the rest of the day doing what you want.

Your words have made their way to…


Another losing battle in the day of a self-help warrior

It’s midnight and I’m still not done with my day.

I’m going to finish up this journal entry I’m writing and then do my last set of meditations.

I started at 5 am this morning with my morning routines. Robin Sharma said that 5 am would change my life. Another personal development guru told me that I could have a miracle morning if I exercised, affirmed, journaled, and drank water.

My morning routine takes me about 3 hours. Then I had to do my daily self-care exercises: yoga, tai chi, an energy healing practice and sound healing work. …


A simple shift in perspective can make all the difference

People love to complain about the Medium platform.

Writers love Medium when it’s working for them and complain until the cows come home when their views come crashing down.

The only thing more annoying than reading about how many people made on Medium are posts with complaints about Medium.

I have a feeling that most of the people complaining about Medium never blogged in the real world. The real world is the world of WordPress and Blogger before there was ever a Medium.

Although I had success with my non-Medium blog, it took years, a ton of effort, and lots…


7 tips that will compel your audience to read yours

Stop asking people to sign up for a newsletter.

Newsletters are what realtors sent out back in the day. Newsletters are what your local civic association mails to its members. Newsletters are boring, lethargic, and make people want to fall asleep.

People don’t want one more boring thing to read in their inbox. Common calls to action in most marketing and content marketing blogs advise you to get people to sign up for a newsletter.

Unfortunately, most people never sign up for a newsletter. Or they sign up and use their spam email account so your newsletter goes to an…


9 tips from “Essentialism” to help you prioritize writing

The hardest thing for a writer to do is to find time to write.

Almost everything else in your life tends to take priority over writing. Your day job matters, your freelancing projects matter, and your side hustle projects matter.

Family and social commitments eat up most of your time. A little bit of exercise and relaxation consumes the rest.

What’s a person to do if they want to write but simply can’t find the time to?

When I first started writing, finding the time to write was my biggest challenge. Producing a weekly blog article and newsletter was nearly…

Vishnu*s Virtues

Let’s achieve our writing dreams together | Topics: writing and relationships | Californian, Malaysian| 750K+ Med views. Blog: https://www.vishnusvirtues.com/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store