Category Motivation

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 […]

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 […]

The British Class System : My Part in its Downfall

The Escape Artist grew up in rural England (East Anglia) in the 1970s in a village where the British class system was alive and well. The social structure of the village hadn’t really changed since The Domesday book of 1086. At the top of the village hierarchy, there was the landowning family who lived in their country […]

The inestimable advantages of hardening the fuck up

Why is most traditional financial advice so useless? Well firstly, % fees enable financial advisers to screw the customers. And secondly, all that stuff about with-profits funds, life assurance, endowments, annuities and risk tolerance questionnaires blah blah blah is mostly a distraction from what really matters: earning more, spending less and investing effectively. The problem […]

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 1)

“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. […]

Understanding your money blueprint (Part 1)

What if the entire personal finance industry is focussing us on the wrong things? What if the key to getting rich is not just choosing good investments?…important though that is. Instead, what if the key to getting rich lies in how we think about money and wealth? Mental models are ways of looking at the world. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence!

Without further ado, here are The Escape Artist’s Top Anthems of Financial Independence… Working 9 to 5  (Dolly Parton) Was there ever a more under-rated thinker and businesswoman than Dolly Parton? For someone that never worked a cubicle, Dolly has an remarkable understanding of the dynamics of the Prison Camp. Don’t be fooled by the boobs, blonde hair and […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (Part 1)

Do you know about Maslow’s pyramid of needs? Maslow was a psychologist and student of human motivation. He asked: why people do what they do? His answer was the pyramid of needs where the most urgent fundamental needs are at the bottom and higher aspirations at the top. The base of the pyramid contains what […]

Dignity

If you live the philosophy of this site, you will become rich. Slowly but surely, the years will pass by, the cash will roll in and one day you will realise that you have become surprisingly wealthy. Rich enough to buy a Ferrari and annoy your neighbours – only by then, you will not want to do that. Many people […]