The 140 Best Articles on Medium in 2015

I joined Medium in January of 2015 and since then I’ve really enjoyed using it as a window to the world.

Yes, I write on Medium too, but I value the platform most as a content curator, sorting well-written, useful and inspiring articles according to my interests.

As 2015 came to an end and I contemplated what 2016 might look like, I thought it might be fun to revisit the best articles Medium had to offer in the past year.

So, without further-ado, here’s a list of every Medium article I ‘Recommended’ in 2015. Enjoy.

The 140 Best Articles on Medium in 2015:

  1. How to Design a Business: 4 Lessons from Startups by Misa Misono
  2. My Home Your Hoffice by Bill Barol
  3. The Truth About The Right Time by Sean Smith
  4. How I built a startup while travelling to 20 countries by Jay Meistrich
  5. The 10 Crucial Skills They Won’t Teach You At School (And How To Learn Them Anyway) by UnCollege
  6. The Age of the Introvert Entrepreneur by Gary Vaynerchuk
  7. Millennials and the leadership gap by Stowe Boyd
  8. Blogging on Medium by Michael Sippey
  9. 300+ Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups by Ali Messe
  10. Why I Just Fucking Did It by Ali Messe
  11. 5 Unusual, Slightly Risky Hacks for Impressing Your Boss by Ryan Holmes
  12. Why You Should Declare Email Bankruptcy by Ryan Holmes
  13. How To Profit From Your Mistakes by Ryan Wiggins
  14. A world without advice by Paul Jarvis
  15. Notes on Company Culture by Eamon Leonard
  16. To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviours by Deirdre Cerminaro
  17. How to have more creative conversations by Invision
  18. Where to work: a manifesto by Karolina Szczur
  19. The Watch is Here: Available $15.94 by Vikram Babu
  20. The Key to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Violeta
  21. My 7-day cycle for generating content that gets read & shared by 30,000+ people/week by Paul Jarvis
  22. The complete and logical guide to winning at your own life in 19 super difficult steps by Paul Jarvis
  23. No Dickheads! A Guide To Building Happy, Healthy, And Creative Teamsby rhymes
  24. My Top11 essential tools I could not live without by Tobias van Schneider
  25. 19 of the Best Marketing Tools for Startups & Entrepreneurs by Joe Murfin
  26. Optimize Your Team for Impact over Speed by Eric Ma
  27. Golden Rule of Managing Up by Michael Karnjanaprakorn
  28. 1 Reason Why You Should Become a Fraud by CamMi Pham
  29. 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Be More Productive, Backed by Science by CamMi Pham
  30. “Rules of Business” by Stewart Butterfield
  31. Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong by Nir Eyal
  32. The new manager’s guide to schedule calls & appointments by Ron Bronson
  33. Please stop telling me to be happy by Jennie Rose Halperin
  34. How To Do Work by Nate Green
  35. How I Used Gary Vaynerchuk’s Advice To Make $5,000 In 20 Minutes byJustin Brooke
  36. (Maybe) don’t quit your job and go freelance by Sabrina Smelko
  37. What’s Stopping Us From Changing Faster? by Reuven Gorsht
  38. I’m Using These 3 Simple Steps To Actually Stick with Good Habits byJames Clear
  39. How I’ve Been More Productive Working Remotely From Home by Jamie Syke
  40. The 20 Best Lessons from Social Psychology by Zach Hamed
  41. Design Your Company To Empower Employees by Matt Hoffman
  42. Willpower is Finite by Proof
  43. How to Eliminate Procrastination (Surprising Strategy One Man Used) byJames Clear
  44. Papas, please et your babies grow up to be princesses by Sara Chipps
  45. How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science) by James Clear
  46. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: IMPROVE HOW YOU PERFORM DAILY ROUTINE TASKS by Brandon Schaefer
  47. Two Things Every Manager Needs to Do to Keep Their Employees Motivated by Gary Vaynerchuk
  48. 60 Tips for a Stunningly Great Life by Robin Sharma
  49. The Truth About Blogging by Ali Mese
  50. Don’t be an Entrepreneur by Michael Tandarich
  51. How I Learned to Get a Lot Done Without Being Busy by Isaac Morehouse
  52. I’ve Been Thinking by Brian Hertzog
  53. I’ve got some bad news about content writers by Nandini Jammi
  54. Content writers need some goddamn standards by Nandini Jammi
  55. What I Learned From Writing Over 800,000 Words by Jason Zook
  56. Giving Feedback by Dev
  57. Increasing Productivity By Habit: A Brief On Planning Our Days byJourdan Bul-lalayao
  58. The 1% Career Advice That’s Actually Useful by Chandra Kalle
  59. Easy Steps to Improve Company Culture by Zac Nielson
  60. 22 Things Digital Nomads Need to Pack While Traveling the World byAdil Gherib
  61. 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M by Benjamin Hardy
  62. Why a morning routine can save your startup by Richard Gong
  63. What I Learned When I Gave Up the ‘9 to 5’ by Jacob Laukaitis
  64. I sat down with a millionaire who operates 10 businesses while sailing around the world with his family by Dave Schools
  65. Don’t Fuck Up the Culture by Brian Chesky
  66. Are you someone that you’d want to pay attention to? by Paul Jarvis
  67. When You Shouldn’t Follow Your Heart by Ryan Holmes
  68. Building the Next Box by Nicholas Hagar
  69. 5 Essential Marketing Ingredients To Make You A Better Writer by Jim Woods
  70. How I went from underemployed waitress to the top 1% of millennials in 3 months by Lauren Holliday
  71. How I became the master of my inbox by Ryan Wiggins
  72. Things I’ve quit doing at my desk by Justin Jackson
  73. The full-stack employee by Chris Messina
  74. Project Management Basics by Baris Karaman
  75. How to Become Popular on Medium: Be the first one there by Vikram Babu
  76. Leadership, Culture and the Art of Caring About the Little Things by Alf Rehin
  77. 17 Things You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time With (Son’t Waste Time Fixing Them All at Once) by Nick Robert
  78. Cool Girl by Alicia Liu
  79. Why You Should Do Your Work First, Others’ Work Second by Andrew Merle
  80. 4 Steps in Eliminating Distractions by Pamela Ooi
  81. Master working for yourself without crushing your soul by Paul Jarvis
  82. 3 quick tips for working smarter by Ryan Wiggins
  83. Why It’s Important To Create by Brian Hertzog
  84. 2 Ways to Get Recognition (Even if Nobody Cares About You) by Todd Brison
  85. The Rule Book: how a group of Burmese teenagers and a legendary American basketball coach inspired greatness by Ryan Wiggins
  86. How I got free NBA tickets: The #1 hack to get what you want byBenjamin Hardy
  87. 10 Easy Things to Do After Waking Up to Start Your Mornings Happy byLimitless
  88. A series of observations explained via Post-it notes by Chaz Hutton
  89. Why Creating a Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful by Cathryn Lavery
  90. How to Work and Travel: 6 Tips from Digital Nomads by Tamara Murray
  91. How To Make Something People Give A Shit About. by Jon Westenberg
  92. The 22 books to read before you quit your job by Cathryn Lavery
  93. Your Stuff Sucks And It Will Still Make Money. I Promise. by Michael Shreeve
  94. Hack Your Sleep: The Art and Science of Sleeping by dave asprey
  95. Never Tell People What You Do by Bruce Kasanoff
  96. Four Letter Words by Jason Fried
  97. Stop school. Start learning. by Maarten van den Heuvel
  98. 33 Websites That Will Make You a Genius by Thomas Oppong
  99. Most Company Culture Posts are Fluffy Bullshit — Here is what you actually need to know by Eric Jorgensen
  100. How to become more motivated, creative and productive than ever before by Ryan Wiggins
  101. “Just Follow The Rules” by Derrick Lemos
  102. This Is How You Train Your Brain To Get What You Really Want byBenjamin Hardy
  103. Why Was 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 Marked Wrong by Brett Berry
  104. Everything you wanted to know about creating an almost $300k online course by Paul Jarvis
  105. 3 Things That Will Always Stand in the Way of Your Goals by Gary Vaynerchuk
  106. 20 Signs You’ve Evolved As A Person by Benjamin Hardy
  107. 120 Actionable Ideas from Ten Books I Would Give My Younger Self byLouis Tsai
  108. What Should I Do to Become a Writer? by Leonard Kim
  109. 13 Essential Tips If You’ve Just Started Your First Real Job by Eva Bianka Kubek
  110. You’re remote to me by Joe Polastre
  111. Do This Every Day Before Breakfast and Watch Your Life Magically Change by sunshinemug
  112. Reconsider by DHH
  113. That great idea of yours needs to live. by Marc Andrew
  114. The career secret by Mitchell Harper
  115. Why I Ditched the Business Card (And Why You Should, Too) by Ryan Holmes
  116. Everything I’ve published so far in 2015 by Ryan Wiggins
  117. The Best Way to Hold Employees Accountable by Gary Vaynerchuk
  118. Wantchapreneur vs. the Entrepreneur by Joshua Davidson
  119. How to Write Posts that People Give a Shit About by Herbert Lui
  120. Willpower, Ms. Pac-Man, and a Growth Mindset by a v
  121. These Books Will Make You Smarter by Product Hunt
  122. What do you want your legacy to be? by Ryan Wiggins
  123. How I changed by lifestyle in 6 months by Vishwarath
  124. 3 Simple Steps To Create Your Perfect Life Vision For 2016 by Andy Drish
  125. From Hierarchies to Holacracy by Erik Devaney
  126. I’ll Never Be My Wife’s Equal by Hanif Abdurraqib
  127. 27 Question to Ask Instead of “What Do You Do?” by Buffer
  128. Late night thoughts on organisational culture and productivity by Ryan Wiggins
  129. How I increased productivity with beer and running by Tim Cigelske
  130. 4 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make to Improve Your Career byGary Vaynerchuk
  131. 5 Reasons Why You Should Build A Small Business — Not A Start-up byJon Westernberg
  132. The Best Apple Watch apps to track your life by Belle Beth Cooper
  133. Why I love Mondays (and you should too) by David Ams
  134. You don’t need more than two years by David Ams
  135. You Will Always Suck at What You Do, Until You Do This by CamMi Pham
  136. Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life by Benjamin Hardy
  137. How Coconut Oil & Coffee Make Mornings Great Again by Frontier Nutrition
  138. Things I learned from 12 years of lifting weights and dieting by Roman Rudyy
  139. How I Went From A 9–5 Hater To Doing The Job I Truly Love by Oskar Nowik
  140. The Secret to Happiness Is 10 Specific Behaviours by Benjamin Hardy
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How to learn & move on from your mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, but what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the ability to deal with them positively. In fact, the truly successful don’t just deal with mistakes, they embrace them and learn from them.

In the words of Dale Carnegie, author of one of the most important books on human relations in the history of the world How to Win Friends & Influence People, “A successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way”.

Use this four step process to embrace and learn from your mistakes.

1. Recognise it

In many ways this is the most important step. After all, how can you learn from your mistakes if you don’t know you’re making them?

To recognise mistakes, you need a keen sense of self-awareness which let’s be honest, not many of us have. So, now’s the time to start working on it.

Paul Jun, author of Connect the Dots says that self-awareness is the “condition of being constantly aware of your thoughts, beliefs, emotions and actions.” Follow Paul’s lead and practice these habits to become more self-aware:

  • Self-analysis. “Self-analysis is a stepping stone to become aware of your strengths and weaknesses, bad habits, opportunities seized or missed, and things you said or didn’t say.”
  • Acknowledgement. “You have to admit to yourself that you are obviously not perfect – no one is.” Once you do this, you will start to master yourself.
  • Paying attention to the details. Especially your emotions. “In a situation where you’re angry or frustrated … pay close attention to your emotions and thoughts when they arise.
  • Ask yourself: What is the difference between these emotions and what needs to get done? Let this shed light on where you should invest your energy.” As this becomes a habit “you unlearn the habit of doing something ineffective such as yelling and complaining…”
  • Daily Practice. Paul says “practicing self-awareness can be the start of living life the way it was intended for you to live.”

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them” – Bruce Lee

2. Own it

Mistakes are made everyday and they are never nobody’s fault.

At first glance, passing the blame can seem like an attractive option and you may very well get away with it. But, if you don’t the fall out will be way more than you bargained for.

Firstly, if after claiming your innocence you later admit to the mistake or worse, are found out, you will lose people’s trust. You will be known as a liar and a cheat. Your relationships and possibly your career could be put at risk. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Secondly, if we don’t own our mistakes we can’t learn from them. From birth, our knowledge, abilities and judgement are developed through the process of learning from our mistakes. From trial and error. At the end of the day, that’s what this process is all about so put your big boy pants on and own up!

3. Learn from it

Studies on the science of learning show that we are more likely to learn in an environment where we feel it’s OK to make mistakes.

To get the most out of our mistakes, featured LifeHack expert and author Paul Sloane, encourages us to look on the bright side and ask ourselves these questions:

  • What can I learn from this? There is a learning opportunity in every mistake and failure. Paul says “try to look at the experience objectively. Make a list of the key things that happened. Analyze the list step-by-step and look for the learning points.”
  • What could I have done differently? You know the old saying about hindsight being 20/20, well now’s the time to put it into action. Paul says to ask “what other options did you have? What choices did you make? How could you have handled it differently? With the benefit of hindsight, what different steps would you have taken?”
  • Do I need to acquire or improve some skills? We should all do a bit of a skills audit every now and then, and post-mistake is the perfect time to figure out what you should work on. Paul suggests starting with “books or courses or people you could turn to. Make a self-development plan to acquire the skills and experiences you need.”
  • Who can I learn from? At some point or another we all need the inspiration, guidance and help of role models, mentors and supportive friends. Is there someone you know that you can turn to? Paul says “if they are constructive and supportive, then ask them for some feedback and guidance.”
  • What will I do next? Think of your mistake as a “diversion rather than a halt” to your journey. Draw up an action plan and get on with the business of being successful. You’re the only one standing in your way.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

4. Move on

There is no exact science when it comes to getting over things. From feelings of loss and grief to feelings of inadequacy or a loss of confidence, moving on is difficult under most circumstances.

If you’re struggling just remember that people out there in the world are moving on from their losses, failures and mistakes everyday. Therefore, it’s not impossible. If they’re doing it, you can too!

Try these tips for moving on:

Forget about it!

Not the lessons you’ve learned, but the fact that it happened in the first place. This takes a little bit of mental toughness or a ‘shooter’s mentality’ but it can be done.

If you’ve gone through all the steps above, there is no reason to keep letting your mistake hold you back. Let it go!

Do it again!

Practice makes perfect. So, what better way to prove you can be trusted than showing you’ve learned from your mistakes and can now do what ever it was you got wrong as good, if not better than anyone else.

Become an expert at it!

Read. Research. Talk about it with experts. What ever it is, you can learn what others know and never have to worry about repeating your mistakes.

Do you have any tips for dealing with mistakes? Sharing is caring so please share them in the comments box below.