Category Health & Happiness

Live local, think global

The curse of the internet is binary thinking: where people cling to simplistic dogma as if there were no complexity, no nuance and no alternative view that could be held by reasonable people. Sometimes we have to choose between alternatives: either we vote for party X or party Y.  In these situations, binary thinking helps […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Lifting Weights

In last week’s article, The FIREman talked about the challenge of depression. What if there were a medical intervention more effective than anti-depressant drugs? What if it also worked on low level anxiety? What if it actually made you more confident? Not to mention better looking. Well it turns out there is. It’s called “exercise”. […]

Is it even possible to go one month without alcohol?

Today marks the start of Dry February where I’ve undertaken not to drink alcohol for one whole month. I’ve chosen February for obvious reasons. All I can say is thank God its not a leap year. How does alcohol relate to financial independence? Well, firstly you can waste a fortune on alcohol. Money out, drinks […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

No news is good news!

I don’t watch The News on TV or read newspaper articles…other than when readers send me the occasional gem. I think of The News as like the announcements made over The Tannoy System in The Prison Camp: a loud stream of misinformation, propaganda and general bullshit. I started avoiding the news as a deliberate part of […]

Get Rich with…Other People (Part 1)

Last Thursday evening, a very strange thing happened. A whole bunch of strangers talked to each other!….in London!  I know! It was the first meet up of the Financial Independence London Facebook group that The Escape Artist had attended…at The Old Bank of England pub, Fleet St. In the USA, they have conferences like Fincon […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I offered some advice to Tim in Apply Own Oxygen Mask before Helping Others. And I wouldn’t change anything that I wrote in the article. But I’ve just finished reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams (creator of the classic Dilbert cartoons) and I think it’s worth […]