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What is a house?…and can it make you rich?

Much of this financial independence thing is about rethinking things from first principles. When you do this, you realise that a lot of conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. Often you must unlearn what you have learned. Home ownership has come to be seen as A Good Thing.  Mostly this assumption is implicit and unquestioned.  Its easy […]

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 missing the point? All that stuff about buying insurance, repayment vs interest only mortgages, annuities and risk tolerance questionnaires blah blah blah is mostly a distraction from what really matters: earning more and spending less. The problem with the personal finance sections of the newspapers, most investing books and […]

The Correct Way to Start A Business

As your freedom fund grows, it’s great to consider what you might do after you get to financial independence. One fun way to spend your time is to start a side-hustle or small business. This may or may not make you a lot of money…you won’t know until you try. But, having worked hard to get […]

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 […]

What could work be like after financial independence?

Today we are talking about how work can be much more fun after financial independence. Remember, you are allowed to carry on working after FI if you want…because financial independence is not the same thing as early retirement. I could bang on about this but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. So when The […]

Called to The Bar : The Minimum Wage Experiment Part 2

Before Christmas I met up with an old friend. He was on his way to Heathrow for a business trip abroad and had made time to stop by. We went for a 12m off road run in beautiful countryside before retiring to a local pub to re-hydrate with some strong beer. I told him about my earlier experiment […]

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