Some on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material.
If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 18??
Answer me that.
Yes, The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with increasingly tenuous metaphors, earnest prose and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence.
Warrior (Hannah Kerr)
It’s no accident that I chose a military theme for this website.When you are fighting a war, the stakes are too high for waffle and wishful thinking.
The military mindset combines discipline and planning with creativity and the ability to flex and change as the circumstances require. The military teaches strategic thinking, resilience and stoicism.
The Enlightened Warrior combines offense (risk-taking and action) with defence (caution, economy and the ability to live on limited rations).
Erase & Rewind (The Cardigans)
To throw off consumerism, you must unlearn what you have learned.
They say that progress in academia occurs one funeral at a time. People often
give up close their minds as they get older.Better to stay open-minded. As Keynes once said:
When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?
Rock The Boat (Hues Corporation)
The Overton Window is the range of ideas currently considered acceptable for public discussion. The Overton Window is subjective and shifts over time and between places. Throughout history, much of the conventional wisdom has been wrong.
Money is perhaps the last taboo. There’s an unwritten rule that stuff about money has to be so blandly written that none of the children in the sandpit can take offence. So writers, journalists and bloggers self-censor. But what if we lose the the most powerful truths in the process?
Wipe Out (The Surfaris)
According to Warren Buffett, rule number of investing 1 is don’t lose money. Rule number 2 is don’t forget rule number 1.
He didn’t mean don’t invest in the stock market…nor that your investments should never go down in price. Price volatility is just numbers going up and down on a screen and, most of the time, that doesn’t mean anything.
No, real risk is the permanent loss of capital…its where something goes down and it ain’t going back up again. Like The Titanic or shares in Enron.
Freak (Re-con & Klubfiller)
Being normal is over-rated. It’s become normal to be in debt, unhealthily over-weight and to buy loads of shit that you don’t need.
So, as I may have mentioned before, if you are gonna get to financial independence you are gonna be doing things differently from the crowd.
Move on up (Curtis Mayfield)
Having been to a state comprehensive school in the middle of nowhere, The Escape Artist is interested in social mobility.
Money is a big part of this. That’s why this website shows anyone how to get better with money. It’s free for anyone who is willing to take action to improve their finances…and their life.
Small Town Boy (Bronski Beat)
One of the best things that you can do to improve your life is to move. Its not physically difficult to move from an area of unemployment to an area with better employment prospects. But it takes get up and go to get up and go.
There are places of deprivation and low aspirations where people are sabotaging themselves and the people around them. You are the average of the 5 people around you. Its a difficult truth that if you are surrounded by the wrong people, you move or you get pulled down.
Ain’t nothing going on but the rent (Gwen Guthrie)
Housing costs are the biggest expense in most people’s life. In Living Low Cost in a High Cost City we talked about property guardianship as one solution to the problem of high rents.
But Gwen is unwilling to make lifestyle compromises and has another solution in mind. She’s looking for
a mug someone to subsidise her. Gwen is remarkably open about her thought process:
Bill collectors at my door…what can you do for me?
I’m looking for a man to put some money in my hand
I don’t blame Gwen for trying it on…I just don’t think she’s quite the catch she thinks she is.
Good Life (Inner City)
Pursuing financial independence should be about living the good life and not all about sacrifice and deprivation. Giving up consumerism should make you happier almost immediately (as with any drug, there may be a withdrawal period).
Here’s what’s in it for you: the immediate benefits of pursuing financial independence are about getting a better life right now.