Tag Archives: Work

Never apologise for hard work

One endlessly fascinating thing about doing financial coaching is that people open up their deepest darkest financial secrets to me. It’s good to talk and people are often opening up about money for the first time. Often people struggle to acknowledge just how far they have come. They started off poor and now they are […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 16

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a weatherman who is sent reluctantly to cover a story about a weather forecasting groundhog. On waking up the following day, he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again and again and again. He realises he’s doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the […]

Reader case study : A Teacher Escapes

Just in case you were wondering, The Escape Artist does not claim to be unbiased.  So let me declare some of my biases upfront. Firstly, I’m biased in favour of financial education for everyone. Secondly, I’m biased in favour of my financial coaching. Thirdly, I’m shamelessly biased in favour of my financial coaching clients and […]

Live local, think global

The curse of the internet is binary thinking. Sometimes we have to choose between alternatives: we can only marry one person (at a time) and we can only vote once…either for party X or party Y.  In these situations, binary thinking helps spur us to action even if it’s wrong. But, in reality, life is […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Child Labour

When you hear “child labour” a few images might pop into your head. You might see a Dickensian street urchin forced up chimneys to scrub them. Or some grimy faced Lancashire child mill worker from the 1800s. Or a photogenic but dirt poor modern Third World child stitching trainers. I’m not talking about any of […]

Can you become a millionaire on a fireman’s salary?

I met The Fireman at a recent FI London meet up.  He’s a really good guy with a fascinating back story which he agreed to share. The Escape Artist is always on the lookout for interesting reader case studies where people achieve what looks at first glance to be impossible.  How about creating a multi-million pound property and […]

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 […]

An interview with The Man

Some weeks I write a new article that I just can’t wait to share with you. This is not one of those weeks. The Escape Artist is on holiday (from what exactly? you may well ask) and has written nothing.  But that doesn’t matter because here at The Escape Artist I share the best insights […]