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The striking similarities between getting rich and getting ripped

With financial independence comes extra free time. One way that I’ve chosen to spend mine has been on my fitness. 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 there. […]

How to make a big decision

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 […]

Reader Case Study : Freedom through Self Employment

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 […]

What gets measured, gets managed

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 […]

There is always some clown with a bigger boat

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 […]

Guest post : Our gap year for grown ups

What if there were a secret community of people roaming the world on gap years…or even on perpetual holiday? Last year I got an intriguing email from Jason, a reader who explained how what had started as a gap year for grown ups turned into something more.  When I was in the Prison Camp, I had no […]

Green grass, envy and Henley Royal Regatta

Regular readers will know that The Escape Artist grew up in a tiny village in the back end of nowhere in rural Cambridgeshire. Eventually my parents decided that our mortgage was not big enough so, when I was 10 years old, we moved from the back end of nowhere to the middle of nowhere. We […]

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