Category Case studies

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 […]

The Compound Advantages of Hard Choices

As much as I like to like to encourage people to get better with money, I wouldn’t describe reaching financial independence as easy. Sure, it’s not like coal mining by hand or ploughing a field without a tractor. But society today has a way of offering us easy options. The problem with easy choices is […]

Reader case study : An Indie Chick Escapes

Just in case you were wondering, The Escape Artist does not claim to be unbiased.  So let me declare some of my biases upfront. Firstly, I’m biased in favour of financial education for everyone. Secondly, I’m biased in favour of my financial coaching. Thirdly, I’m shamelessly biased in favour of my financial coaching clients and […]

Can you become a millionaire on a fireman’s salary?

I met The Fireman at a recent FI London meet up.  He’s a really good guy with a fascinating back story which he agreed to share. The Escape Artist is always on the lookout for interesting reader case studies where people achieve what looks at first glance to be impossible.  How about creating a multi-million pound property and […]

Reader Case Study : Freedom through Self Employment

Here at The Escape Artist we’re talking about how to achieve freedom and happiness. There are different routes to these destinations. I’ve written about holding down a stressful job and investing your way to financial independence because that’s what I did. But there are other ways to achieve greater freedom in your work and in your […]

Getting paid to ski : Reader case study

I got an intriguing email from Sam, a financially independent reader of this blog, that mentioned how, in his 40s, he and his wife Bella got paid to ski by working as chalet hosts. As both had previously been IT professionals,  I loved what this said about breaking pre-conceived ideas about status so I followed up […]

10 years out of the Camp: Reader Case Study

One of the recurring themes of The Escape Artist is that success is easier when we find the (rare) people that have demonstrated success and built a well-balanced life and then listen to them. This sounds ridiculously obvious but The Escape Artist has observed that most people don’t do this. For some reason, people find it really hard to ask for help.  They ignore […]

The Lightbulb Moment: Reader Case Study

I recently got a comment on the site from a reader asking for a recommendation for an economics textbook to read. Economics textbooks are Boring but the comment had some background revealing a spark of ambition that intrigued me. So I asked the reader to email me some more details and together we produced a […]