My Hamster Wheel is Squeaking but I Won’t Get Off
the art of perseverance on Medium
One day I will open MPP on a Wednesday to discover triple digits for the week. It will happen. This week I didn’t even bring in 20.00.
But this will not deter me.
You see, I am a hamster. I am running wildly on my wheel. I am racing toward financial freedom and self-accomplishment. And I am not alone in this endeavor.
I will not stop running, though the wheel is occasionally wobbly or squeaky. Sometimes the wheel threatens to shake free from its anchor and roll me wildly away — but I will not stop. I will not be a hamster of fear.
Why do I do this to myself? Am I chasing a carrot? Is this how Medium is designed? To keep me pumping out supportive, engaging material that pushes the platform?
Absolutely. Yes. Yes it is. But I am still going to run. Wildly. With silly reckless abandon. Because the platform gives me a wheel.
And I can complain about that wheel. Check out the wheels everyone else has and wonder if theirs is made better, shinier, or faster than mine — or I can work with what I have, stick out my puffy little hamster cheeks and smile.
If it weren’t for my Medium wheel and my Medium dangling carrot — I’d be running anyway, only without the hopeful MPP mystery game to play every Wednesday and without the exposure the site is giving my writing. Wednesday has become a favorite day of the week now — even when I don’t do well. The WHOOP I make when the numbers are good is well worth the effort I make all week. Preparing to someday add a happy hamster dance to that WHOOP.
In short, I am enjoying this.
Call me crazy.
I like my wheel, the possibilities, even the frustrations because this perseverance is how I am wired. I’ve had to do this larger-scale with everything in my life. Life is a dangling carrot. I big, fat, juicy beautiful carrot — always just out of my reach.
But my day will come.
It is not personal.
Having the hope that my writing will gain traction, garner enough response that I can have a monetary goal reached — this is ok with me. I am not alone. I am strong and gifted. I will write and share and revel in the bit of support and friendship that I have found here.
And I will do it with a measure of thankfulness. Medium gives me a shot — and it is one I intend to take.
Slapping some WD40 on my wheel this week as it was a very low and disappointing week for MPP. Stretching my little hamster legs. Getting a new plan for writing, sharing, posting, and celebrating past successes here to keep me motivated for the new ones.
I am looking at what works — and what flops. Setting new goals. Running shoes ago — let’s do this.
I am convinced that the hamsters with the most positive attitude finish first. This is not Who Moved My Cheese, this is a writing platform with a lot of competition. Set yourself apart, that is how it is done.
Here is a great article that helps you do just that:
So keep those cute little chins lifted — and enjoy the ride! Selfish hamster plug asking for shares. Hamster high five!