Category Health & Happiness

Dopamine, Motivation and The Pursuit of More

Here are three experiments that are free, fun and ridiculously simple to run…yet have the potential to change your life. If combined, these might just transform your motivation and your lived experience (as The Kidz say): 1. Start your day outside2. Have one month off your drug of choice 3. Get daily cold water exposure (e.g. cold showers / natural […]

Burnout, Variety and Crop Rotation

I’ve written a lot about the value of habit formation and repetition. I’ve been riffing off Aristotle (or whoever it was) who said: We become what we repeatedly do. Habits are super-important. Lockdown has been an opportunity for me to change my diet habits. I actually quite like Monk Mode. But there are obviously downsides. It’s […]

Let’s go outside!

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

You can’t choose the cards, but you can always play the hand you’re dealt

There is something missing from the debate on Covid-19. As far as I can see, most of the news and related debate involves looking for someone to blame. The Escape Artist is not above blaming politicians. But my primary focus is always getting my own shit together rather than complaining about the rest of the […]

No News is Good News

I think of The News as like the announcements made over The Tannoy System in The Prison Camp. It’s a loud stream of misinformation, propaganda and general bullshit. I started avoiding The News as a deliberate part of my approach to investing. The aim was to reduce market noise, predictions and prophets of doom. Avoiding The News […]

Get rich…without envy

Regular readers will know that The Escape Artist grew up in a tiny village in the back end of nowhere in rural Cambridgeshire. Eventually my parents decided that our mortgage was not big enough so, when I was 10 years old, we moved from the back end of nowhere to the middle of nowhere. We […]

Stoicism for winners

Stoicism has a bit of an image problem. There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, its philosophy.  So people assume its all poncey horseshit where perpetual students with goatee beards and berets bicker in cafes over the meaning of words whilst smoking French cigarettes and generally being a bellend. Not true. I don’t smoke French […]

Obesity crisis solved, no fuss required.

I was recently trapped sitting somewhere where Sky News is left on all the time. Sky brought to my attention something called an “obesity crisis” which is apparently a ticking timebomb in the West about which they want us to worry so much we’ll need a cup of tea and 2 bars of chocolate just to calm […]