Author Archives: The Escape Artist

The inestimable advantages of hardening the fuck up

Why is most traditional financial advice missing the point? All that stuff about buying insurance, repayment vs interest only mortgages, annuities and risk tolerance questionnaires blah blah blah is mostly a distraction from what really matters: earning more and spending less. The problem with the personal finance sections of the newspapers, most investing books and […]

The Correct Way to Start A Business

As your freedom fund grows, it’s great to consider what you might do after you get to financial independence. One fun way to spend your time is to start a side-hustle or small business. This may or may not make you a lot of money…you won’t know until you try. But, having worked hard to get […]

What is “Inner Game”?

The Game is Neil Strauss’ hilarious true story of going from shy, socially awkward nerd to Master Pick Up Artist able to talk to any woman…and even get some of them to have sex with him. Actually, quite a lot of them. And, in The Rules of The Game, Strauss provides a “how to” guide…and […]

Get Rich…Watching Films! (Part III)

As we saw in Get Rich…Watching Films Part I and Part II, The Path to financial independence need not always entail hard work, self-denial and recycled hessian under-garments. Its possible to start re-programming your brain and turning yourself into a financial ninja…all whilst watching a film at home in pyjamas with a nice cup of tea. 😉 Some Hollywood films […]

Man goes on spending spree, no one hurt

I’ve come to realise that just about everyone thinks their own level of spending is “normal”.  Even if they have no idea what their spending actually is. So if you want to answer the question: Where does it all go? then the only way is to record your actual spending with real numbers.  It’s no […]

How to get paid to be on TV

So I got paid to be on TV. And I’m going to share what happened. Because on this blog we are exploring unusual things…things like financial independence that may seem improbable at first. This one involved me getting way outside my comfort zone.  It took me a while to gather up the courage…first to do […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence 7

I get a lot of blog related emails these days. Since I wrote Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 6 back in November 2016, I’ve received hundreds of emails. And literally none of them have pleaded with me to write Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 7. None of them begged for more […]

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