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It’s easier without children

Most people are looking for an easy life, so they take the path of least resistance. And that’s OK.  Not everyone wants to be rich. Not everyone wants to be ripped. Not everyone wants to be a self help guru leaping around a stage…and thank God for that. On this blog we live and let live.  […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 15

Never let it be said that The Escape Artist is running out of original material. No, fear not…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. And it’s not just me. They say that imitation is […]

The fundamentalists are fundamentally wrong

This Christmas sermon post is a short extract from Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art, which I’ll be adding to my list of recommended books. The book is about overcoming procrastination and self-sabotage (or what Pressfield calls “Resistance”). The aim is to become a more productive person who gets shit done. Part of this […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 14

When you grow up in the ‘hood, you do what it takes to stay alive. And when you grow up in East Anglia you do what it takes not to get bored. So it may or may not surprise you that, back in the day, The Escape Artist was a bit of a naughty schoolboy. […]

Now that’s what I call financial independence! 13

During Chinese water torture, victims would be strapped down so they couldn’t move, and water would then be dripped slowly and repeatedly onto a small area of their body—usually the forehead. Drip…Drip…Drip…with enough repetition, the victim would eventually be driven insane. Yet even this death by a thousand drops is said by critics of The […]

Building blocks of a wealthy society : #1 Free Speech

I have a confession to make. The Escape Artist is not a self-made man…I didn’t do it on my own. There’s a saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. I grew up in a society with the building blocks to allow people to get […]