Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Power is the ability to control your own life

This is the story of Ralph, taken from the book Why Men Are The Way They Are by Warren Farrell.  Ralph’s story may not be normal – he was an unusually high earning lawyer – but it is representative. You can think of this as a parable about the trap of becoming overly focussed on status and […]

The difference between frugal and cheap

So there was quite a turn-out at the London FI meet up last Friday. I don’t know exactly how many people came (too many to count easily) but it was a lot. I talked to as many people as I could but still didn’t meet everyone…and I was there over 4 hours(!). The event was […]

Now That’s What I call Financial Independence! 11

According to geologists, the Jurassic Period spanned 56 million years from the end of the Triassic Period 201 million years ago to the beginning of the Cretaceous Period 145 million years ago. People that lived through the Jurassic period said it sometimes felt like it would never end…and yet it still seemed mercifully brief compared to the Now That’s What […]

To defeat your enemy, you must first know your enemy

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War […]

Can you start getting rich in college?

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Araminta over at Financially Mint.com. Araminta told me how she earns money while studying in Edinburgh.  I was intrigued:  is it possible to combine earning with studying? I have mixed feelings about university / college education. University can either be a 3 (or 4) year holiday camp […]

Get Rich with de-monetisation

When I was about 13, I started getting into pop music. From a financial perspective, this started off harmlessly enough listening to the weekly top 40, free on BBC Radio 1. But it didn’t stop there. I started to throw my money around.  I bought blank cassettes (ask your history teacher) and a radio cassette […]

Building blocks of a wealthy society : #1 Free Speech

I have a confession. The Escape Artist is not a self-made man…I didn’t do it on my own. There’s a saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. I grew up in a society with the building blocks to allow people to get rich. If […]

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