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… and that The Escape Artist’s later material is too commercial and derivative. But, then again, there’s […]

With financial independence comes extra free time. One way that I’ve chosen to spend mine has been on my fitness. And over the past year, I’ve changed my exercise focus towards strength and flexibility. In the past, I’ve found just going to the gym to lift weights BORING.  And, by myself, the motivation just wasn’t […]

Success in financial independence and in life depends on the decisions you make. Most decisions are small (and easily reversible if they go wrong). But what if you have a big life decision to make? Something like choosing a job, leaving a job, getting married or buying a house etc.  In these situations, getting it […]

Here at The Escape Artist we’re talking about how to achieve freedom and happiness. There are different routes to these destinations. I’ve written about holding down a stressful job and investing your way to financial independence because that’s what I did. But there are other ways to achieve greater freedom in your work and in your […]

It’s a universal law in business and in life generally that what gets measured, gets managed. People who are broke probably didn’t get that way by tracking every pound that they wasted…nope, they usually have no idea where it all went. We usually get more of the things that we pay attention to.  If you […]

Behold the good ship Saint Nicolas, floating gin palace and testament to mankind’s engineering capability. I recently saw this boat up close, moored in the marina near where we were staying on holiday in Sardinia. I’m not sure whether my amateur photography skills adequately convey the sheer scale of the boat. But take it from […]

Apologies in advance if today’s post contains a large element of stating the obvious. But I’ve come to realise that the bleedin’ obvious needs to be spelt out. Repeatedly. Part of the problem is that almost everyone thinks they’re normal and sensible when it comes to money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Boris Becker thinks […]

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