Welcome! If you are interested in financial freedom, then you are in the right place.
This website is my shop window. It’s free and in full view on the internet where anyone can find it and learn from it.
This website is where I explain the basic concepts of financial independence as simply as possible for a wide range of readers.
My writing here on the blog is my pro bono work, work that is free and intended for the public good. This is my small contribution to spreading financial education and wellness.
I want it to help people going through tough times. I can’t save the world but I can share the ideas that helped me when I was struggling. Think of it as a catalyst for improvement to help anyone prepared to do the work.
We are playing positive sum games here. If the content helps one person who improves their life and others notice, the effect spreads. So please pay it forward and share with anyone you think it could help.
The Escape Artist is about how to escape to financial freedom.
But it also has many sub-themes. It is anti-consumerism, pro-individual responsibility, pro-social mobility, pro-rationality, pro-free speech, pro-environment, pro-health and pro-masculinity.
This is an unconventional mix and so it’s not for everyone. It’s for free-thinkers and grown ups.
It’s not really an early retirement blog. The whole idea of never working again is overdone. Once you have runway and are happy working on your own terms, you have won the game. You do not need the magic 25x to win. That is just The Hook.
Money is just a means to an end; freedom is the goal. If you could only choose health or wealth, you would be better off with health. Fortunately you can have both. So everything on the blog will help you become healthier and wealthier and more free.
Unfortunately, society seems to be set up to encourage weakness and consumption. Most anxieties in The West have biochemical root causes (coupled with poor mindset).
How to reduce financial anxiety in 5 simple steps:
- 1. Turn off The News
- 2. Go outside and get some exercise, sunlight, and fresh air
- 3. Cut back the sugar, alcohol and processed carbs
- 4. Stop using money to “comfort spend”
- 5. Earn more than you spend and invest the difference into a compounding machine
The downside of a public blog is the trolls, nitpickers and self-appointed internet censors. They can go elsewhere. This is not a public debating forum, it’s my blog.
Eventually I realised that it made sense to move most of my new content onto email and my private site The Escape Manual (see below).
The email list
My email list is where new articles appear first. Again it’s free, educational and fun (but I will also use it to market my coaching etc).
I aim to publish a new article by email roughly once a week. A few of the email articles may end up on The Escape Artist blog but most will not. So you really should sign up to my email list.
Once you’ve signed up, you have the choice to unsubscribe yourself at any time. Please don’t then subsequently email me asking to be added back as Mailchimp does not allow me to add back people who have chosen to unsubscribe.
If you want to contact me you can just reply to one of my emails. If you are a coaching client or a subscriber to The Escape Manual (see below) you will always get a response.
The Escape Manual
The Escape Manual is my advanced “how to” guide to personal finance and investing. If The Escape Artist sets out the philosophy, The Escape Manual lays out the details of the plan.
My premium / advanced content is on The Escape Manual. When you sign up you get access to a private website. It has taken me over a year to build up all the content on The Escape Manual and I am constantly adding, upgrading and improving it.
The Escape Manual will include quarterly investment updates where I write about what investments / funds / shares / tokens look interesting, under-looked and what might be good value (there are no guarantees in investing).
The Escape Manual is an alternative to traditional financial advice. The problem with the traditional model of % fees and commissions is that it’s inefficient, expensive and extractive. It transfers wealth from the customers to the financial services industry, usually without the customer realising how much they are paying.
Better to find yourself a teacher. I teach clients how to make their own informed financial decisions.
It’s not for people that want everything done for them. I don’t give regulated investment, tax or legal advice. I don’t give product recommendations and I don’t take your money away to invest. You have to make your own decisions. In short, it’s about teaching people to “fish” rather than selling them fish.
If you are a coaching client or a subscriber to The Escape Manual (see below) you can email me and get a response. There is also a private Facebook discussion group for subscribers to The Escape Manual and coaching clients.
Would you like to discuss your situation?
What if you could have one on one coaching from a mentor that had already done it? Someone that knew the traps along the path to financial independence. This will be way quicker than trying to learn everything on your own.
This is what I do in my one to one financial coaching.
When I worked in corporate finance, I helped solve complex problems for sophisticated clients (banks, companies, hedge funds, private equity, government). I now do that for a wide range of people: from millionaires to people just starting out on The Path.
It has to work in the real world, not just in theory. This means that I talk with clients about anything that will help them improve their financial and life situation. This covers a lot and so the conversations can range very wide and beyond just finance and investing.
I realised that the coaching was attracting a pretty high-powered class of person when I found myself coaching someone working at NASA (identity protected, they have since moved on).
I don’t tell people how to save a few pennies on a tin of beans from the supermarket. It’s often more like high end career coaching or business coaching where people are at big forks in the road in their lives and considering moving jobs / careers / countries / relationships etc or considering selling their business etc.
Successful people have advisers, coaches and mentors. We learn organically by observing, talking and discussing with people who are further along The Path.
Why wouldn’t you get the best help you can?
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