Author Archives: The Escape Artist

The Aggregation of Marginal Gains (Part 2)

The key insight from The Aggregation of Marginal Gains (Part 1) is that every little helps. The little things, if done better, all add up to create great results over time. If you can make lots of small improvements in different areas, they all add up to the sort of world-class performance that wins you a long […]

Let’s go outside!

It’s a cold Autumn morning but I feel good…better than I normally do at this time of year. That’s because I’ve been making a conscious effort this week to haul my lazy butt outside every day. In Spring / Summer, getting outdoors comes naturally. But at this time of year, it may take a conscious […]

University Challenged

Today we have another guest post from ChloĆ«, our favourite pun-cracking eco-hippy…this time about whether university now makes financial sense? Let’s all agree upfront that education and learning are good and noble things. But going to university is no longer the easy decision that it was back in the day. When I went, only about […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 22

The Year is 2020. The World is on tenterhooks, awaiting the outcome of The Most Important Election Since The Last One. Meanwhile, a made-up clown in denial takes to the internet and social media…despite The Express Wish Of The People. Has he no shame? Will he never shut up? Why won’t he just accept it’s […]

The Sergeant Major and The Zen Master

If you are going to build wealth, you need to think about trade-offs between now and the future. Every day you are going to have to make choices between your current self and your future self. Choices between spending now and investing for the future. Choices between procrastinating and taking action. Choices between patience and […]

Who Saves Wins

I sometimes think that saving has a PR problem. Saving is often seen as a defensive move, something that’s a bit boring or something that you do when you are in fear (e.g. of losing your job). But saving is the foundation of your financial security. When you have a secure financial base, you can […]

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

There’s nothing like an early taste of poverty for instilling a lifelong appreciation of money and financial freedom. My parents stretched themselves with a big mortgage to get up the housing ladder in 1981, just before interest rates went to 17%. Ouch! As a result, holidays and newspapers got cancelled and belts had to be […]

Back from the brink of financial oblivion

I heard a story last week that’s too good not to share. I was on Zoom talking to a subscriber to The Escape Manual. He told me how he’d pulled off a massive 180 degree turnaround: going from debt disaster to responsible role model and provider for his children. So I asked James (names changed for obvious reasons) if he would […]

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth

I sometimes think I should teach a course on how to create a popular blog that goes viral and conquers the world. I would offer The Escape Artist as an example of how not to do it. That’s because The Escape Artist blog remains obscure …let’s be generous…mostly undiscovered. In terms of changing the world, […]

What have we learned in 2020?

Reflecting back on investment / money / life lessons learned so far in 2020 in this interview with Andy Hart on The Maven Money podcast.