Keep Your Own Step Clean

Chose your path based on your actions, not others




Many years ago I was enjoying some drinks with a group of people. I’d call them mostly people I know than friends. I’m picky about who I call friends. I digress.

The drink flowed, tongues got loose. They often do when spirits are being consumed. The conversation turned to stories about people not present. Some of them were not very nice stories. Some not very nice stories were more about jealousy the storyteller had for the person being talked about.

This was a time I chose not to contribute to the stories. In my more aware times, I often wonder what stories they tell about me when I’m not present. I let the hot air flow past. I listened. I felt a hand come gently to rest on my arm.

I looked at the gentleman beside me who’d been letting hot air flow by. He leaned toward me. “You know I have a step at my back door. Every day I sweep that step. You know, I’m so busy keeping that step clean, I don’t have time for other people’s steps.”

It took me a few moments to take in what he’d said. I’ve never forgotten those words, or their meaning.




Complaining About Others On The Platform


A common theme I see coming up on platforms I write on is people complaining about how others succeed. The most common of those is people complaining they write quality posts getting low attention and some person with a spammy post gets a lot more attention. Some platforms I write on lets people earn for comments and their posts. The complaints apply to the comments too.

Here’s a little dose of reality. Everyone has to do the work to get established on a platform. Writing content doesn’t guarantee people will flock to you. There’s no magical way to grow your following.

It’s up to you to build a following. Not the people you’re complaining about. Yes, it’s galling when someone posts dreck and gets more engagement than you do. That’s the reason most platforms actively work to stop spammers.

Work to support the efforts to eradicate spam. Don’t let its presence decide if you continue to take part. Don’t expect anyone to take responsibility to elevate you on the platform. Other than you. If you get noticed and a deserved boost, appreciate it and keep working.




Work To Build Your Own Following


How to get started and build is basic on any platform. Visit the posts of others. Read their content and leave thoughtful comments. If you’ve enjoyed the content, explore their account. Visit some more articles, leave comments. Keep returning. Keep it real.

Yesterday on one platform I write on someone who had just followed me, sent me a private message. The full message was.. I just followed you, follow me. Not a note introducing himself, just gimme gimme. My response was to tell him I would not follow him and to feel free to unfollow me.

I would have seen a notice of his follow. I would have looked at his account and might have followed him. His selfish guaranteed I would do neither.




Follow Zig Ziglar’s Advice


I’m a firm believer in Zig Ziglar’s philosophy that if I help others to get what they want, I will get what I want. I need not keep a ledger on that. I just need to police my own motives and trust others to do the same. People of like mind usually find each other.

Bottom line. Keep your back step clean and work to help others instead of wasting time on being envious of others.

Off to sweep my back step


Header image from Pixabay


NOTE: 


Non-CITIZENS leave a thoughtful message on the topic of this post and you'll be upvoted. CITIZENS I encourage you to join me upvoting thoughtful messages. 
I also invite EVERYONE to downvote spam comments that don't talk about the subject of this post. 










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Mahnoor Danish
03 Jul

Well .

Believe me I read each and every word of your post and that hit me hard .

Till before your post I was one of them complaining about quality posts and comments but not having enough votes.

Now I just asked myself m I writing really a quality ? Needed on this plat form  ? 

I know I am not that much creative but from now I will start something to achieve in other maner.

Nothing is easy in life so do the uptrennd achievement s.if we wanna go to top we have to work for it .

No one is perfect but uoto extent we shouldn't try to blame others for our faults .

Thank you so much for rising me up from a misconception about quality and post levels whatever it was.

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Ekrem Colak
03 Jul

Your thoughts are correct, the result is wrong !! The score is low only when you get "upvote" from the low level !! This does not mean your content and sharing is low. !! You also wore this point event too !! Let go: no matter who lives.

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Shadows Pub
05 Jul

Mahnoor Danish .. every writer asks if they are writing quality ... it's how we improve our writing. As for needed on this platform. I tend to think more along the lines of .. am I sharing what someone  else will enjoy reading? will the message I wish to share have value to others? along those lines. Many people can write on the same subject. Does the platform need all of them? Maybe not BUT your message may resonate in a way that is unique for someone who needs it.

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Tiger Lily
05 Jul

Oh this was just fabulous!!!!

One of the best posts I've read in at least a month!

It was so concise and so RIGHT to the point!  

It's exactly the mindset we need.  It reminds me of how transparent Steem was - which is a good thing!

But so many people felt the need to DIG INTO OTHER PEOPLE'S WALLETS, just because they could - which is a bad thing!

If people would spend as much energy on THEIR OWN journey - wow. what a difference this would make!

Great post!  I am gonna have to find a way to get people here :)

hmmm i just thought of how!  let's see if it will work!  :)

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Mahnoor Danish
05 Jul

Excellent words of wisdom.

We shouldn't peer into wallet's of others. Just work hard to get the what they are enjoying.

Well you are really a creative and are able to bring maximum of people here lols.

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Jay Bhe
05 Jul

Just do your own thing, other ahead of you should motivate you and not you wondering how they got here.. If you want to be like them, then build up yourself by yourself in whichever way you know how to. 

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Bluefin Studios
05 Jul

I read your words but am struggling to hold onto them in my drunk state

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Tiger Lily
05 Jul

Right!?!?! 

Wasn't that so funny hahahahah

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Bluefin Studios
05 Jul

What? Why, does someone else drunk comment on uoptrennd, too?

Besides me?

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Shadows Pub
06 Jul

from the number of comments I scrolled by to find where I'd left off responding to comments, I think you succeeded in getting some people to the post. Thank you and for your kinds words about the post. I love that the energy you spend on your journey is helping others on theirs. Funny how that has never hurt your journey has it?

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Tiger Lily
06 Jul

It really never has!!!

In fact, I think it's benefitee the.platform, others, and me!!!

Reminds me of that picture of heaven or hell..

Same feast, same.utensils (massive spoons with long handles at the table)

The difference is in heaven, everyone uses the long handles spoons to feed each other across the table.

In hell, they can't manage to get the food into their own mouths since the spoons are too long.

Hehehhee if we focus on helping one another more....we all get fed eventually!

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Shadows Pub
06 Jul

I love that .. now i know how to use those long handled spoons

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Tiger Lily
06 Jul

Or spankings

They work too

😜

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Shadows Pub
06 Jul

OHHH I knew about those

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Idoko Joseph Adoyi
03 Jul

It of great benefits if one can understand the needs of others and help in meeting the needs , humans have physiological needs and many atimes we DNT want to care what does needs are,in platform like this ,there certain needs that will guarantee your success,apart from the values one will offer by making quality and excellence be his brand,aside of that one need to understand the people in need of his values and the best way to deliver it and built relationship to keep members and follower with him/her .

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Shadows Pub
03 Jul

I wouldn't say there is a guarantee of success. You do set yourself up for it when you reach out and engage with others. When they form a good sense of who you are then people are more likely to remember you in a positive way.

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Jay Bhe
05 Jul

Exactly, to build your brand, you need to know those you're dealing with and your audience as well, as time goes on, when people know you stick to a brand and it appeals to them z they'll recognize you with it and be on the lookout for you(follow). 

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Ayesha Gill
05 Jul

You are right.to work on this platform,we have to make a way for ourselves through our talent.we should make quality content.

If we create a quality thing,then definitely we will get the number of followers and this will cause to attain attention.

If we see a quality content from the others,we should appreciate this and follow them.

One amazing thing you said that helping others is indeed helping ourselves.

If we wanna be helped,we have to help others and appreciate others and this is the best way to survive on the platform.

we should not downvote anybody unnecessarily and without any reason.

and one thing that is good that we should have to focus on work hard instead of complaining the platform or the other person.

This is One of the best writeups which will help me a lot.

Infact this is a reminder for me to do work hard and to improve the quality for getting reaponce.

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Oldschool Wrestlingdesires
09 Jul

Also if you are willing to risk the potential retaliation it is always good to tell them why you downvoted so they can change their ways

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Isaac Absalom
03 Jul

Even though i'm new here.

I have enjoyed reading some poost and I also followed them.

The best thing I believe is to follow and also expect to be followed by other when you drop quality over quantity post  

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Shadows Pub
03 Jul

you follow people because you like their work and you want to know when theyh publish again so you can go look at their new work. Just because you like someone's work doesn't mean they have to like yours. Expecting people to follow back just because you followed them, that's just not good.

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