Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Get Rich with…cooling off periods

Imagine a 5 year old in a toy shop. The 5 year old sees a magic frog or a lightsabre or a pink princess doll. They are hit as if by a lightning bolt and are instantly in love. THEY GOTTA HAVE THAT SHIT AND THEY GOTTA HAVE IT NOW!! The child senses that Mum […]

No News is Good News! (Part 2)

In No News is Good News! (Part 1), I explained why a few years ago I stopped reading newspapers or watching the News on TV. And, for a period of several years, I achieved a blissful state where I managed to tune out politics, overseas wars, natural disasters, celebrity gossip, astrology, football and trends in […]

Where do stockmarket returns come from?

This blog is written for grown-ups who know where babies come from. But it has been brought to my attention that not everyone knows where stockmarket returns come from.  So let’s put that right. 2019 was another stand-out year for stockmarket returns around the world. The chart below is in $ terms so the percentages […]

Financial Independence is for Everyone (Part 3)

This is Part 3 in an occasional series. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It was the week before Christmas, it was 4.45 in the morning and my alarm was going off. Time to get up and go to work. What?!? Aren’t FI bloggers supposed to preach the benefits of loafing […]

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 2)

“Doing The Work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts. At first, I wasn’t sure what it meant. They weren’t talking about coal mining, plumbing or accountancy…or other forms of paid work. No, they were talking about emotional work. Yes, that’s […]

Are We Nearly There Yet??

As any parent knows, on a long drive the kids will eventually get bored and then start to whine ask: “ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET??” The longer the drive, the louder the question gets asked (and repeated). And, lets be honest, it’s a long road to go from nothing to financially independent. It takes about […]

What I’ve learnt in therapy

In Get Rich with Retraining I explained that I’d enrolled on a part time Introduction to Counselling course at a local college. It’s an introductory course (the clue is in the name) and I don’t hold myself out as a qualified therapist, psychologist or Doctor Of The Internet. But the course is accredited by the […]