Category Motivation

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!! (Part 1)

I’m not going to soft soap this week’s message, which is that: Getting your financial shit together is an emergency. Generally, I don’t like the alarmism of the news media who grab our attention by revelling in reporting the latest miseries from all around the world…most of which we don’t need to know. The Escape […]

Congratulations! You’ve won the lottery!

Let’s play a fun game…let’s imagine you’ve won the lottery! You’ve just been handed one of those outsized cheques for £5million and will have that slightly awkward moment when you struggle to squeeze it through the doors of your bank to pay it in. Unlikely…you say? Well..let’s be honest, the odds are pretty slim…what with […]

Financial independence is for Everyone (Part 1)

One of the funny things about financial independence is hearing the objections made against it.  Most are pitifully thin. For example, one of the more bizarre criticisms is that financial independence is only relevant for high earners. Errr…hello???…if you’re not a high earner, its even more important not to piss your money away on ridiculous spending. […]

The secrets of peak performance

Bizarrely, personal finance is an area of life where most people have no idea what high performance looks like. Or what it takes. Talking openly about money is still taboo.  So most people that are good at saving keep their head down and quietly get on with it. That leaves newspaper journalists and editors trying […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 9

The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence. There will be those that say they preferred the earlier stuff… ….there will be those that say The Escape Artist’s later work is too commercial and derivative. […]

Now that’s what I call financial independence! 8

Reader’s voice: What’s that sound I hear?  It sounds like someone scraping the bottom of a barrel…  No…its Now That’s What I call Financial Independence! 8 The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence. I’m […]

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 is “Inner Game”?

Question: How do you get better with money? Answer: You get better both in your Outer Game and your Inner Game. Outer Game is what you do. In tennis, its the visible game that you see played on the court. Outer game includes the racquet that you use, the shots you play, the kit you […]

Get Rich…Watching Films! (Part III)

As we saw in Get Rich…Watching Films Part I and Part II, The Path to financial independence need not always entail hard work, self-denial and recycled hessian under-garments. Its possible to start re-programming your brain and turning yourself into a financial ninja…all whilst watching a film at home in pyjamas with a nice cup of tea. 😉 Some Hollywood films […]