Medium’s Most Recommended Stories of 2016
Our annual roundup of community favorites from Medium.
When I collected the most recommended Medium articles of 2015, I didn’t think that this could become the series that it is now. Now, in 2016, I’ve spent another full year collecting the best stories for a sequel to last year’s roundup.
Thanks to Daily Top Stories, I gathered the most recommended Medium stories of 2016 easily. The list was created manually — but with a little dedication and curiosity, that was no problem.
It helps that I’m a ravenous reader, especially of many of the most popular categories this year: entrepreneurship, life lessons, design, politics.
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Without further ado…
2016’s Top 10 Most Recommended Stories
#1 by Tobias Stone
History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
PS: December 2016. I reference this article is here, as 2016 comes to a nasty end.
#2 by shem
#3 by Josh Spector
The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever
You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick.
#4 by Jose Aguinaga
#5 by David Hopkins
#6 by Hillary Clinton [parody]
#7 by Tristan Harris
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes.
#8 by Trent Lapinski
Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won
Trump Is What Happens When You Nominate A Cheater and Live In An Echo Chamber—Please Learn From This
#9 by Tristan de Montebello
What are people working on in coffee shops?
Almost every day I sit down in a coffee shop in Venice, California, to work on AboutTheStart.com.
#10 by Max Braun
Most Recommended Stories— Entrepreneurship
#1 by Marc Cenedella
‘Facebook turned me down’ — the job rejection letter that turned into a $4 billion check
We’ve all been there — the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009…
#2 by Benjamin P. Hardy
50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms
1. Stop consuming caffeine
#3 by Penny Kim
I Got Scammed By A Silicon Valley Startup
Telling my story isn’t going to be easy. Oftentimes I feel embarrassed, enraged, and regretful when I have to relive it…
#4 by Jon Westenberg
#5 by Benjamin P. Hardy
8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.
After you’ve done this, no matter what you have for the rest of your day, you’ll have done the important stuff first.
#6 by Andy Raskin
#7 by Benjamin P. Hardy
This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity
“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” — Napoleon Hill
#8 by Gary Vaynerchuk
The Most Motivational Statement Ever in 3 Words
The most motivational statement comes down to three words: “You’re gonna die.” I’m not trying to scare you — I’m being…
#9 by Jason Fried
Being tired isn’t a badge of honor
Whenever I speak at a conference, I try to catch a few of the other presentations.
#10 by Jon Westenberg
Most Recommended Stories— Life Lessons
#1 by Darius Foroux
25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago
You might know a lot about life. But like Socrates, you know nothing at all. So keep learning. Here are 25 life lessons…
#2 by Felix Feng
I spent 3 months applying to jobs after a coding bootcamp. Here’s what I learned.
A less-talked about part of the bootcamper’s journey is what happens after you graduate — when you’re searching for…
#3 by Quincy Larson
I can’t just stand by and watch Mark Zuckerberg destroy the internet.
“With great power comes great responsibility” — Uncle Ben
#4 by Tor Bair
Your Life Is Tetris. Stop Playing It Like Chess.
I grew up playing chess. It taught me a lot of great lessons about competition — and a lot of wrong lessons about life.
#5 by Quincy Larson
How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour
“Only the paranoid survive.” — Andy Grove
#6 by Benjamin Sledge
A Letter to My Daughter About Young Men
You may be tempted to believe that honorable men have disappeared off this earth
#7 by Jessica Semaan
#8 by Quincy Larson
What programming language should you learn first?
Most people’s journey toward learning to program starts with a single late-night Google search.
#9 by David Kadavy
Our first date was perfect, then she died
I wish everyone could learn what I learned from her
#10 by Jon Westenberg
Most Recommended Stories— Design
#1 by Andrew Coyle
#2 by Keaton Herzer
#3 by Samuel Hulick
Slack, I’m Breaking Up with You
“Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny; they have only shifted it to another shoulder.”
#4 by John Saito
#5 by Chris Messina
Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods
So you think Apple is a tech company? No, you’re wrong.
#6 by Jesse Weaver
Instagram and the Cult of the Attention Web: How the Free Internet is Eating Itself
Instagram’s most recent announcement that they are changing their feed is a symptom of a larger problem that is eating…
#7 by Michael Horton
Complexion Reduction: A New Trend in Mobile Design
Flat, Clean, Minimal, Material… What’s Next?
#8 by Daniel Eckler
Design for Humanity
In 1950, the American psychologist Harry Harlow conducted an experiment that separated infant monkeys from their…
#9 by Tobias van Schneider
Work/Life balance is bullshit.
by Tobias van Schneider
first appeared on my private email list.
#10 by Joshua Taylor
Most Recommended Stories— Politics
#1 by James Allworth
#2 by Sean Blanda
The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb.
There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.”
#3 by Hillary Clinton [parody]
#4 by Elizabeth Warren
President-Elect Donald Trump
This wasn’t a pretty election. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a…
#5 by Laurie Penny
I’m With The Banned
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con…
#6 by jessicashortall
Voted for Trump? I have only one plea.
To my friends (yes, friends) who voted for Trump: You say you voted for Trump for reasons entirely absent from hatred…
#7 by Anastasia Basil
Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat
Please, Mrs. Conservative, don’t yell at our daddy for using food stamps. Also, can we have a cookie?
#8 by Hillary Clinton
Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be…
#9 by Michael Moore
#10 by Michael Arnovitz
Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason
“In the course of a single conversation, I have been assured that Hillary is cunning and manipulative but also crass…
Wish All of You a Great Year!
Now, for some postscripts!
First, I’m hustling for Prisync. It’s a price tracker for e-commerce companies designed to let you know when your competitors change their product prices. We also create side projects aiming to give cool guides for ecommerce involvers such as Ecommerce Stack. Check them out!
Next, you’ll notice we’re published under the Startup Grind publication — now one of the largest outlets for all things technology, startups, marketing, and product on Medium. It has been great to work together, and if you have a great story or strategy, say hi to Michael Gasiorek here or on Twitter. He’ll take care of it!
Also, the list is updated as of December 31th, 2016.
Oh, PS: I excluded stories that are in multiple most recommended lists.