Category Motivation

Never apologise for hard work

One endlessly fascinating thing about doing financial coaching is that people open up their deepest darkest financial secrets to me. It’s good to talk and people are often opening up about money for the first time. Often people struggle to acknowledge just how far they have come. They started off poor and now they are […]

Billionaire Librarians

Today we have some wise words from Alan Donegan, founder of The Pop Up Business School which runs free classes on how to start / grow a small business. You could apply his advice to starting investing, starting a business, getting fit…or anything really. Enjoy! If the answer was more information, then all librarians would be billionaires.  Librarians have access […]

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 2)

“Doing The Work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts. At first, I wasn’t sure what it meant. They weren’t talking about coal mining, plumbing or accountancy…or other forms of paid work. No, they were talking about emotional work. Yes, that’s […]

Get Rich…Without Excuses

One of the things that gets success gurus a bad name is the bloke (and it usually is a bloke) who sells some e-book or Get-Rich-Quick! online course promising the secrets of how they dunnit. In the worst cases, they aren’t even rich, they’ve just rented a private jet / Lamborghini / bottle of Moet et Chandon by […]

Get Rich without Self-Sabotage

I’m not sure if you noticed but I made a pretty big claim in my last post: This brings us to one of the great taboos of personal finance which is that most people are self-sabotaging. This inconvenient truth gets swept under the carpet in the earnest tone adopted in most personal finance content. This […]

How to have a Great Day

You may remember Chloë who wrote the excellent Get Rich With Other People (Part 2) and Get Rich with Hobbies.  Of my several thousand close personal friends (ahem), Chloë is my favourite lesbian vegan eco-hippy.  We’re different in some ways but we’re both interested in asking: what is the good life? So today we have a guest post […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 12

According to Wikipedia, a “mantra” is a sacred sound or group of words believed to have spiritual powers when repeated over and over again.  The earliest mantras were composed by Hindus in India and are at least 3,000 years old. Apparently, the continual repetition of mantras can induce an altered state of consciousness. There are ancient […]

Now That’s What I call Financial Independence! 11

According to geologists, the Jurassic Period spanned 56 million years from the end of the Triassic Period 201 million years ago to the beginning of the Cretaceous Period 145 million years ago. People that lived through the Jurassic period said it sometimes felt like it would never end…and yet it still seemed mercifully brief compared to the Now That’s What […]

There’s something you need to know about fairness…

One criticism that comes up when anyone suggests getting better with money is that the author doesn’t realise how lucky and privileged they are. This may sometimes be true…but often not in the way that the commenter meant. For example, I never inherited any money and never went to an elite private school. The Escape Artist […]

Get Rich with…Follow Through

Here’s a mystery for you. I got an email from a reader volunteering a guest post. I was intrigued because her story looked a bit different from other emails that I get. One of the things I’m trying to encourage around here is the idea that someone from any background can get a shot at […]