As if writing wasn’t a real job. As if I made the stupidest choice to ever spend my time on.
“But Tiffany, you could be so much more. Why not get a job at one of those big corporations — like Google, Facebook, Apple? You can reap in fat paychecks, enjoy long-term benefits and live worry-free.”
It’s tempting, don’t get me wrong. The salary, the free food, free gym membership, the lenience of wearing whatever you want — I’d totally be happy with any one of them.
But the thing is, if I choose to work at a company that requires my full attention, I wouldn’t have time (and eventually lose my ability) to write the things I want to write about, that matter to me.
And that’s a decision I’d regret for the rest of my life.
Here’s the phenomenal thing about writing.
IT MAKES YOU POWERFUL.
I started writing on Medium 1.5 years ago. And since then, I’d grown from 0 to 18k+ followers.
I even received offers from editors to republish my posts.
But it wasn’t these payoffs, alone, that made me want to become a full-time writer.
It was learning how to use my words to express how I feel, what I want, and who I am, that did.
I wrote angry letters to expose my frustrations.
I wrote about my past and my breakdowns to mend my wounds.
I wrote about things that magnetized my curiosity. Things that’d lingered in my mind for months. Things I never imagined myself sharing with others — especially on the net.
The more transparent I was with my words, the more feedback I got from my readers — which brought in even more people to discover my existence.
And overtime, this made me into a power influencer in these topics: self-improvement, life lessons and writing.
It was only during this journey of self-growth when I realized how powerful words can be.
Words that could make people cry. Words that could energize dreams. Words that could melt pain. Words that could shatter fears.
“Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
Not many people around me understand how powerful writers are, especially when they don’t write for a living or with passion.
But once you become a writer and devote your whole heart into it, you become unstoppable. Because anything you say will leave an unforgettable footprint in people’s lives.
And that, to me, is worth dedicating my time and career to.