My last two cents: “Making it” on Medium might actually take two things: and no, heads up, “good writing” is not even one of them: it is this: 1). Writing about medium, and 2). Garnishing a huge following that wants to make it on medium.
This type of “making it” is solely about making money. Not about writing. It is marketing your money-making ability. Selling the dream of making money to others. Yes, they put words on the screen, so it is technically “writing,” but I doubt if their writing feeds their soul. Only their pocket.
Sadly, too many writers buy into the dream of big bucks and end up in the 93% who make very little for all their effort. And end up disillusioned.