Category Motivation


Book Review : Mindset

Debates about financial independence sometimes seem to involve people talking at cross purposes.  Some talk cheerfully about how easy achieving financial independence is.  Others emphasise the barriers (e.g. the govt, stockmarket valuations, their boss, spendy other half etc etc). It’s almost as if they are talking different languages…or looking at the world through a different […]


Now that’s what I call Financial Independence 6

1. Rich Girl (Gwen Stefani) Being human, we all have flaws. And we’re often inconsistent in how we think about money.  Gwen Stefani shows some of these confusions here.  On the one hand, she illustrates the consumer sucker attitude that spending more money is the way to salvation and happiness: Think what that money could bring I’d buy […]


FITV : The top 10 TV shows of financial independence

Reader’s voice: Hold on…what’s this? Is The Escape Artist suggesting I watch the Gogglebox when I could be riding my bike, managing my own portfolio or growing my own veg? Isn’t TV just a form of slow lobotomy for consumer suckers?  Well, yes and no.  True, advertising and TV news are toxic. And, according to […]


The 2 types of reality

Imagine 2 groups of people. The first group are uncomfortable with positive thinking, motivational posters and tanned gurus with headsets bounding around a conference arena urging people to live their dreams. Let’s call this group The Realists.  These people think of themselves as rational.  They believe in science. They don’t believe in Magic Fairydust or Pixie […]


Procrastination vs. Just Doing It

For years, I’ve wanted to run a marathon. But The Escape Artist has a guilty secret. For years I’ve been “too busy” procrastinated and avoided the 26 mile challenge. In an attempt to fix this, a year ago I publicly declared in You can be too careful that I’d run a marathon. I was trying to hold myself […]


What does “Doing the Work” mean?

“Doing the work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts, like The 4 Hour Work Week. Initially, I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant. Was this some New Age, hippy bullshit? There was something curious about this phrase, at least to my (British, male) ears. […]

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We all need a mountain to climb (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I was on holiday with my family in France. Not St Tropez on a superyacht, mind you, we were staying in the cheap bit of the Mediterranean coast, to the west. I could say that it was a well earned holiday and I was recovering from a grueling schedule of […]

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