Category Health & Happiness

Is it even possible to go one month without alcohol?

The Escape Artist got into trouble with Nice Guys last week…and this week I’ll probably be unintentionally irritating people with a drink problem. As an aside, if ever you find yourself irritated by a blog post, its worth asking yourself why you are so over-invested in it?  Clearly the article touched a raw spot. But […]

Don’t be a Nice Guy, be a good guy

If you were an alien visiting Earth (perhaps seeing some TV adverts and suburban homes) you might conclude that middle class humans prize comfort above all else….above passion and achievement…certainly above freedom. Why else would people trade decades of their life working for more cushions, curtains and sofas? For fluffy white toweling robes on expensive […]

Get rich…without mobility scooters

Capitalism is an incredibly productive system for providing what people want and are prepared to pay for. Sadly, it lets us down when we want things that are bad for us.  Or, perhaps more accurately, we let ourselves down. Take mobility scooters for example. Let’s agree upfront that some people have no other choice in […]

The striking similarities between getting rich and getting ripped

With financial independence comes extra free time. One way that I’ve chosen to spend mine has been on my fitness. And over the past year, I’ve changed my exercise focus towards strength and flexibility. In the past, I’ve found just going to the gym to lift weights BORING.  And, by myself, the motivation just wasn’t […]

Green grass, envy and Henley Royal Regatta

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 […]

Get Rich with Subtraction (or when less is more)

One of the funny things about giving personal finance tips free to The World is that you know that lots of people don’t follow through. You can bring water to horses, but you can’t always make them drink. How many people have read The 3 Numbers that can make you a millionaire and thought yeah, […]

Stoicism for winners

Stoicism has a bit of an image problem. There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, its philosophy.  So people often 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 […]

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