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Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 25

Another day in lockdown…another Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! They said we should be patient… …but who knew it could go on this long?? Hopefully it’s almost over now. Yes…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, […]

One Thousand True Fans: internet economics and ethical monetisation

There’s a big shift going on in the internet economy. I’m talking about the move to direct business models where writers and creators get paid by the people that value their content. A thousand flowers will bloom. Independent content creators are thriving and new tools are springing up to help them. The gatekeepers are dying. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 24

First they said it was just a one off “to flatten the curve”. Then they said that we would all get through it together. They said we should be patient… …but who knew it would go on this long?? Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise […]

The Elephant and The Rider

If you think that everyone uses logic for important decisions, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of confusion. Sure, we like to think of ourselves as logical creatures. But a quick look at history, evolution and physiology reveals this to be incomplete at best, misleading at worst. Consider the evolution of the human mind. We […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 23

First they said it was a fraud. Then they said it was stolen from them. Then they went to The Supreme Court and demanded a recount. So we re-counted and had the results independently verified. And it really is Now! 23 Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (Part 2)

This post was first published in 2016 and updated in January 2021 Do you remember those health & safety briefings on aeroplanes just before take off? The ones where they told you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping the people around you? Well, when you start the journey to financial independence, you […]

It’s Good to Talk (Part 2)

It’s good to talk… …so why do people often steer clear of talking about money…even though it has such an important role in our lives? Well, personal finance is…personal. You can’t have a proper conversation about money without touching on values: people’s deeply held beliefs and priorities. Everyone is different and we all have different […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 22

The Year is 2020 and The World is on tenterhooks… awaiting the outcome of The Most Important Election Since The Last One. Meanwhile, a made-up clown in denial takes to the internet and social media…despite The Express Wish Of The People. Has he no shame? Will he never shut up? Why won’t he just accept […]

The Sergeant Major and The Zen Master

Every day we make choices. Choices between spending now and investing for the future. Choices between procrastinating and taking action. Choices between patience and impatience. Think about where you are today and where you could be in 5, 10 or 20 years time. If you choose to buy your freedom (rather than more stuff) your […]

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

There’s nothing like an early taste of poverty for instilling a lifelong appreciation of money and financial freedom. My parents stretched themselves with a big mortgage to get up the housing ladder in 1981, just before interest rates went to 17%. Ouch! As a result, holidays and newspapers got cancelled and belts had to be […]