With a new domain and zero experience

4 weeks ago, I spotted an opportunity to build a blog around a topic I thought would explode over the coming weeks, months, and years: NFTs.

After writing for Medium and other publications like ONE37pm, I decided to take the chance on building…


Collectible Card Game History

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Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh! are the big three when it comes to popular and lasting trading…


And why failing to meet my goal can motivate you in 2021.

In the Fall of 2019, I gained 18 pounds in 3 weeks. I went from ab definition to rotund in 21 days.

I looked like a completely different person.

My diet didn’t change. I didn’t exercise less. I didn’t recklessly consume alcohol and snack on extra-large pizzas at 2 am.


You can start right now

“Would you take $10 for the fire truck? I lost my job because of the pandemic, and my 5-year-old son loves fire trucks.”

This is a real message I received on Facebook Marketplace after listing a piece of my childhood for sale:


It’s not as daunting as you think

In the spring of 2009, on the heels of an economic crisis, I sat down to lunch with a start-up founder offering the most promising internship opportunity I had seen in over a year.

What I couldn’t get over in that meeting is how a 28-year-old with a tongue-ring had…


And how you can do it, too.

During my twenties, there were two things I wasn’t very good at:

  1. Having self-awareness about my spending habits.
  2. Following through on ideas, side projects, and side hustles.

As I entered my thirties, I put more of a focus on these two things and I went from averaging $2,500 in my…


HOW I DID IT

Just in time for the holidays

Out of pure boredom, I decided to make two TikTok videos featuring a going away gift my former roommate had left behind after moving across the country.

I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I couldn’t get over how perfect of a gift it was for a ketchup lover.


Don’t just write to hit a quota.

I’ve been dormant on Medium for nearly a month now, right on the heels of becoming a top writer in multiple categories and earning in the top 5% of Medium writers.

Why?

Because life got busy, I didn’t have time to write, and I didn’t want to manufacture articles to…


It’s the best way to deal with the haters

I’m not shy to admit that I’m a sensitive person. Whenever I publish content on the internet, regardless of the channel, I have a tough time dealing with the inevitability of a hater showing up to rain on my parade. For such a long time, I gave those (mostly) anonymous…


It’s not a life sentence.

Throughout most of my life, if I experienced a failure, I thought it wasn’t something I was meant to be doing. I believed that I just didn’t have the “it” factor that some other people innately had.

I couldn’t have been more wrong in my thinking, but it couldn’t have…

Jon Torrey

I am a Senior Product Manager at a tech company. I host two podcasts and invest in sports cards. For more info — https://medium.com/@jonathan-torrey

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