Trying to make the world a better place, one word at a time.

Hi! My name is Jon Peters, and I am a writer and freelance content creator. Since joining Medium in 2019, my work has been featured in some of Medium’s largest publications, such as:

  • The Startup
  • The Writing Cooperative
  • The Post-Grad Survival Guide
  • P.S. I Love You
  • The Ascent


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The ugly truth that nobody likes to face

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We have a savings problem.

As of 2019, 70% of Americans had less than $1,000 in savings. In the UK, around 25% of adults have no savings at all, and 10% admit to spending more than they earn.

But I think I’ve found the answer — and it has nothing to do with your income.

Let’s be honest — saving isn’t exactly fun. It’s much more exciting to buy the latest tech, a new car, or whatever it is that floats your boat. I used to think so too. It makes me shudder when I wonder how much money I’ve…


Your money is on fire

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Photo by Gabriel Meinert on Unsplash

When Boris Johnson announced that the UK would be going into a third national lockdown — one of the first comments I made to my wife was that at least it would allow us to set some money aside.

And we’re not the only ones.

The UK’s household saving ratio rose to 26.5% in the second quarter of 2020, and in the United States, the personal savings rate skyrocketed to a record 33% in May 2020.

Given that we’ve spent most of the past year being advised to stay at home, it’s hardly surprising that most of us have cash…


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Why your New Year’s resolution should be to ignore this common piece of writing advice.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin

I’d like to add one more to the list, Mr Franklin.

For the avid readers and writers among us, I believe with absolute certainty that at some point, you will have read something which recommends that “publishing every day” is key to earning money through writing.

I’m here to tell you that this is terrible advice, which most writers should avoid like the plague.

The problem with trying to publish every day

When I first started writing, I went through a phase of trying to publish as often as I could…


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Is there money to be made from meme stocks?

When the coronavirus pandemic struck at the beginning of this year, the global economy ground to a halt. Amidst the uncertainty, investors fled the stock market, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 8,000 points between February 12th, 2020 and March 11th, 2020.

Since then, the stock market has been on an absolute tear, with the S&P 500 completely erasing the losses from earlier in the year, and is now at an all-time high, returning +15% this year. …


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We didn’t ask, but you told us anyway

I can’t be the only person wondering where this month disappeared too. But as November comes to a close, Christmas isn’t the only thing that draws nearer.

Soon, we will find ourselves subjected to yet another round of vanity articles in which writers broadcast their monthly earnings to the world. You know the sort of articles I’m talking about:

  • I Made $100 on Medium Last Month, You Can Too.
  • How I Became One of Medium’s Top Earners.
  • 5 Steps to Monetizing Medium


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A lesson in greed from someone who lost it all

It’s had a meteoric rise (and fall) since its inception in 2009. But whether you read about it in a celebrity tweet, or when you heard the story of the guy who spent 10,000 of them (currently worth $190 million) on two Papa John’s pizzas, most people have at heard of Bitcoin.

Don’t worry, this article isn’t investment advice, and I’m not going to bore you with detail explaining the technology behind Bitcoin. After all, it’s unlikely you would have clicked on this article if you didn’t at least have a basic understanding of how it works. …


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#5. The world doesn’t owe you a thing

“A good way to prepare yourself for parenthood is talking to rocks. You’ll soon realise that children have similar listening habits.” — Anonymous

Being a parent is one of the most challenging things a person can ever do, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. Unless you’re a parent, you won’t understand the sheer joy that comes from seeing your child go to the toilet by themselves for the first time, or watching them eat yoghurt without transforming your kitchen into a Jackson Pollock painting.

It feels like it was yesterday that I held my daughter in my arms…


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Not your everyday writing advice

I’ve come a long way since I first started writing. I’ve published almost 100 articles since then, and whenever I reread some of my earlier pieces, I’m astounded at how much the quality of my work has improved.

Most of this improvement has come from sitting down and writing. But the internet is full of writing advice, and you mustn’t underestimate the importance of taking a break from writing and reading for a change.

But not all writing advice was created equal, and you’ll find that many articles tend to just put a fresh coat of paint on the same…

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