Every story you write is like a stone cast into a lake. Some generate a large splash, while others pierce the surface of the water with nary a ripple.
Over the past two years, I’ve written numerous stories about my three favorite topics: writing, leadership, and self-improvement. It’s tough to sort and group by those topics on Medium, so here’s a collection of my best stories on each of those topics — some of which made a big splash and some of which just made a small ripple.
I hope you find these stories helpful in your own journey.
Top 5 Best-Performing Stories (by # of claps)
These stories have each received over 2K claps, as well as a decent number of highlights and comments.
I Met a Random Person in a Mall Food Court and Got the Best Writing Advice of My Life
He had the courage to give me tough feedback
The Secret to Successful Leadership: Confident Humility
“Fake it till you make it” is horrible advice
Writing Tips from the Pros
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of writing advice books, then sharing the top 13 tips from each book in a Medium post. Here’s the collection of those tips in case you don’t have the time to read the entire advice book from each author.
Kurt Vonnegut’s Top 13 Writing Tips
Tips from the award-winning novelist of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’
Ryan Holiday’s Top 13 Writing Tips
How to create something that lives longer than you do
Austin Kleon’s Top 13 Writing Tips
Creativity advice from the guy who was suddenly everywhere
Best Stories for Writing Advice
15 Things I Learned in My First Year of Writing
A retrospective on the creative process
15 Things I Learned in My Second Year of Writing
#1 — Good content is nothing without a story
The Lost Art of Commonplacing
A simple practice that will speed up your writing
55 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing On Medium
I was pretty clueless until one month ago
Writing Every Day Does NOT Mean Publishing Every Day
The world doesn’t need our rough drafts
Best Stories about Leadership
How I Was Able To Earn Respect as a New Manager
My direct reports didn’t care about my fancy degree. But they did care about these five things.
How to Explain a 7-Figure Mistake to a Client
A 7-step process for resolving tricky situations
Best Stories about Self-Improvement
7 Ways to Remember What You Read
Friends often ask how I remember what I read. This is how.
Yes, You Do Have Time to Read (or Do Anything Else You Want to Do)
How good are you at prioritizing your passions?
The Complete Guide on How to Receive Feedback
3 Blockers stand in our way, but here’s how we can overcome them
Top 3 “Sleeper Stories”
Here are a few stories that didn’t perform as well as I had hoped.
How To Lead Better 1–on-1s With Your Employees
A few things to keep in mind as a new manager
Why I’m Now Concerned About the Rise of Artificial Intelligence
There are six reasons we should take the threat of AI seriously.
I also wanted to take this chance to sincerely thank you for reading my work and supporting me. Medium is an incredible community of writers, readers, and thinkers. I’m thankful to be part of this community with you.