The Voluntary Life
A podcast about living a life of your choosing. Topics covered include entrepreneurship, financial independence, freedom, perpetual travel, productivity, and rational thinking.
400 What The Voluntary Life Is AboutNov 13, 2019 13:45
An overview of the topics covered in The Voluntary Life, why I focus on these topics, and what you can get from them.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 95: Thoughts On The UK Economy For InvestorsNov 13, 2019
399 What I Learned Losing a Million DollarsNov 6, 2019 12:46
A discussion of the lessons that can be taken from Jim Paul's book, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars.
Show Notes:What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 94: A Listener Question About Extinction Rebellion and Climate ChangeNov 6, 2019
Bonus Episode 93: Quiet WealthNov 4, 2019
398 A Review of The Battle Hymn of The Tiger MotherOct 28, 2019 23:19
What are the assumptions used in "tiger" parenting, and what is the goal? This episode is a review of The Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.
Bonus Episode 92: Two Innovative Approaches To EducationOct 28, 2019
397 How Do You Know If You Can Live From Your Investments?Oct 16, 2019 14:21
How do you know whether you have enough money to live from your investments? What if you stop working and then find out that you don't have enough? This episode is a discussion with a listener about these questions.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 91: Bonds and Stocks in the Permanent PortfolioOct 16, 2019
On a recent livestream I was asked some interesting questions about the permanent portfolio:Is it too risky to hold so much in bonds in a PP, given the current bond bubble? Which stock market index fund should you use if you are implementing a PP inside the European Union?
396 A Review Of Ray Dalio's PrinciplesOct 9, 2019 22:40
Ray Dalio is a well-known billionaire investor and hedge fund manager. This episode is a review of his book Principles: Life And Work.
Show Notes:Principles by Ray Dalio TVL Episode 244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and Machines Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 90: Investing For IncomeOct 9, 2019
Bonus Episode 90 is a discussion about investing for income— including dividend investing— and a comparison with the permanent portfolio approach.
395 Job Free: The Psychological ChallengesSep 30, 2019 18:19
A chapter from the audiobook Job Free by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 89: Leverage In InvestingSep 30, 2019
Bonus Episode 89 provides a follow-up discussion about the Infinite Banking Concept (discussed in Bonus Episode 74) and goes on to talk about the idea of using leverage in investing.
394 How Much Risk Should You Take When Investing?Sep 23, 2019 20:46
How much risk should you take when investing? Is the Permanent Portfolio approach too risk-averse? Here's a great discussion from a recent livestream.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 88: Implementing A Permanent PortfolioSep 23, 2019
Bonus Episode 88 is a discussion about some detailed aspects of implementing a permanent portfolio, including questions such as what kind of bonds are required. It is taken from the recent livestream on Fail-Safe Investing.
393 My Experience Visiting An Objectivist MeetupSep 16, 2019 16:41
What is it like to visit a meetup about the philosophy of objectivism? Here is my experience! This is a bonus episode for patrons originally recorded in early 2018.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 87: Lots Of Productivity AppsSep 16, 2019
Bonus episode 87 is a discussion from a recent livestream about lots of productivity apps and techniques. Apps discussed include Focus Pomodoro Timer, Keyboard Maestro, OmniFocus, iThoughts, InShort, Things 3, Amazing Marvin, and Set App.
392 Four More Life-Changing IdeasSep 9, 2019 13:57
This episode is about another four ideas that I think are life-changing. The ideas are: quiet wealth, parent effectiveness, digital minimalism, and argumentation ethics. I explain why these ideas can have such a positive impact and where you can read about them.
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The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
The Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide by Stephan KinsellaBecoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episodes 85 & 86: Unschooling Parts 1 & 2Sep 9, 2019
Bonus Episodes 85 & 86 are Parts 1 & 2 of a discussion from a recent Life-Changing Ideas Livestream about the concept of Unschooling. We talked about the ideas in John Holt's book Instead of Education.
391 Startups As A Path To A Job-Free LifeAug 30, 2019 29:11
A chapter from the audiobook of Job Free by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 84: Alternatives To The Permanent PortfolioAug 30, 2019
Bonus Episode 84 is a discussion about alternative portfolio strategies for investing. You can get access to this and other bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon or alternatively by supporting TVL with cryptocurrency on Bitbacker.
Show Notes:Portfolio Charts Golden Butterfly Portfolio Pinwheel Portfolio
390 Productivity Outside WorkAug 22, 2019 20:13
Should you use productivity systems like Getting Things Done (GTD) for your work or apply it to your whole life? Here's a discussion with a listener.
Show Notes:TVL 347 Why I Am Passionate About Productivity Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 83: My Productivity SystemAug 22, 2019
Bonus Episode 83 comes from a recent life-changing ideas livestream I did about Getting Things Done. In this part of the discussion I talk about my own productivity system. You can get access to this and other bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon or alternatively by supporting TVL with cryptocurrency on Bitbacker.
Bonus Episode 82: The Case Against Intellectual PropertyAug 22, 2019
Bonus Episode 82 is discussion from a recent livestream in which I was asked about whether I still think IP laws are bad for business. You can get access to this and other bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon or alternatively by supporting TVL with cryptocurrency on Bitbacker.
Show Notes:TVL Episode 96 Entrepreneurship Part 13: IP Is Bad For Business Against Intellectual Property by Stephan Kinsella Against Intellectual Monopoly by Boldrin and Levine
389 The Challenges Of Living With PurposeAug 13, 2019 17:58
Bonus Episode 81: Intentional CommunitiesAug 13, 2019
388 Make Yourself RedundantAug 2, 2019 17:49
A chapter from Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 80: Am I Still A Minimalist? (Plus Some Personal News!)Aug 2, 2019
Bonus Episode 80 is a discussion from a recent Q&A livestream about whether I'm still a minimalist. It includes a personal update from me.
387 Answering Listener Questions About The Permanent PortfolioJul 24, 2019 23:53
A discussion with supporting listeners about the permanent portfolio investment strategy. How would assets like real estate would be tackled by the permanent portfolio? Why not use international stocks in a PP? Listen to the episode to hear these questions answered.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episodes 78 and 79: Principled Negotiation Parts 1 and 2Jul 24, 2019
386 Do You Have To Choose Between Financial Independence And Kids?Jul 15, 2019 24:11
A listener asks if he has to choose between financial independence and having children. Here's a response, including some fascinating data about the wider costs and benefits of having kids. Highlights from two bonus episodes.
Show Notes:Bonus Episode 35: Do You Have To Choose Between FI and Kids? Bonus Episode 41: Costs And Benefits Of Having Kids Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child? by Go Curry Cracker
Bonus Episode 77: More Alternatives To Evernote And Related Productivity AppsJul 15, 2019
Bonus Episode 77 is a discussion from a recent livestream about alternatives to Evernote and related productivity apps. The apps mentioned are:Apple Notes Bear Day One Day One Course On The Sweet Setup TextExpander MindMeister
385 Lifestyle BusinessesJul 5, 2019 23:13
A chapter from the audiobook of Job Free by Jake Desyllas
Show Notes:Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 76: Children And CommunityJul 5, 2019
384 Why Self Improvement Disrupts Your RelationshipJun 26, 2019 12:47
Many self-improvement lifestyle changes have a side effect. Whether your are adopting extreme saving, perpetual travel, peaceful parenting, or other changes discussed in previous episodes, the side effect may be to disrupt your relationship. Listen to this episode to find out more.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency TVL Episode 298: Your Life Is Not On Loan
Bonus Episode 75: Health Insurance And Perpetual TravelJun 26, 2019
383 The Appeal of StoicismJun 17, 2019 32:30
382 The Best Funding there IsJun 7, 2019 25:39
A chapter from Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 74: The Infinite Banking ConceptJun 7, 2019
381 Four Ideas That Changed My LifeMay 30, 2019 16:45
This episode is about four life-changing ideas. I explain why these ideas can have such a positive impact and where you can read about them.
Over the coming months I will be hosting a series of livestream discussions for supporting listeners on life-changing ideas relating to The Voluntary Life. This episode explains the topics of the first four sessions.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Getting To Yes by Fischer and Ury — Principled Negotiation Livestream on June 23rd Join the TVL Mailing List for a free copy of Negotiate For Mutual Profit by Jake Desyllas Getting Things Done by David Allen — Productivity Systems Livestream on July 28th Instead of Education by John Holt — Unschooling Livestream on August 18th Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne — Fail-Safe Investing Livestream on September 15th
Bonus Episode 73: Going Into Business With A FriendMay 30, 2019
Bonus episode 73 is about the difficult question of whether to go into business with a friend. You can get access to this and other bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon or alternatively by supporting TVL with cryptocurrency on Bitbacker.
Show Notes:TVL Episode 110 Who To Start A Business With TVL Bonus Episode 4: Should I Go Into Business With This Person?
380 Breaking The Rules Of GTDMay 23, 2019 18:26
This episode is about how and why I break the rules of the approach to productivity called Getting Things Done (GTD).
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards An Alternative to "Waiting For" in GTD Episode 120: Eight Tools That Will Free Your Mind Episode 205: The Most Powerful Planning Tool I Know Episode 178: Upgrading Habits
Bonus Episode 72: Is Everyone Religious?May 23, 2019
In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari suggests that everyone (including atheists) is religious in some ways. A patron raised this topic on a recent livestream. This bonus episode contains the interesting discussion we had about it.
379 The Variable PortfolioMay 13, 2019 17:15
378 How To Live From InvestmentsMay 6, 2019 17:34
Show Notes:Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
377 The Best Journalling Techniques For ProductivityApr 29, 2019 14:29
Here are the three best journalling techniques that I know to improve productivity:The list of tasks completed today The core dump The incredibly simple week plan.
Listen to the episode to learn how to use these techniques and kickstart your productivity!
Show Notes:Other TVL Episodes on productivity TVL Episode 191 Task Management Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 70: Thinking Rationally About The EnvironmentApr 29, 2019
Bonus episode 70 for patrons and backers is about rational approaches to environmental problems. It is a discussion with listeners from a recent livestream. Some interesting issues are covered:Bringing big topics like the environment back to what this means in terms of your own individual responsibility. Instead of anti-human versions of environmentalism, finding a pro-human approach to these topics The problem of emotional arguments in environmentalism, which often form a kind of end-times religion. The vital importance of rational thinking in solving any environmental issues.
376 Planning Vs Doing In ProductivityApr 22, 2019 16:38
To be productive you need to know your goal, and you must know the best action that you can take to move towards that goal at any given moment. This episode is about managing the split between planning and execution. How can you get into the right mindset for planning work, and then switch mindset for execution? How much time do you spend planning, and how much time should you spend? How can you track the amount of planning you do? What can you learn from tracking? Listen to the show to hear the answers!
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Bonus Episode 69: The Problems With Evernote And What To Do As A UserApr 22, 2019
Evernote is one of the core apps in my productivity system. I find it extremely useful, but there are also a lot of frustrating problems with the app. Evernote also has an uncertain future as the company lost its way and is struggling to get back on track.
Here's a bonus episode about the issues with Evernote and how I plan to change my use of the app going forward.
375 It's OK Not To ShareApr 15, 2019 18:43
This episode is a critique of the popular idea of forcing children to share and a discussion of a great alternative approach.
It's OK Not to Share by Heather Shumaker
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Should Libertarian Parents Be Strict or Permissive? By Steven HorwitzSupport TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
Bonus Episode 68: Giving Children The Freedom To Explore BeliefsApr 15, 2019
The latest bonus episode for supporting listeners is a discussion from a livestream with patrons about the topic of giving kids the freedom to explore their own beliefs.
374 Introduction to UnjobbingApr 8, 2019 31:52
373 A Secular Look At The Bible Part 2Apr 1, 2019 21:39
This episode discusses a thought-provoking alternative theory about who Jesus was and whether he existed as a historical person.
Show Notes:Episode 361 A Secular Look At The Bible Part 1 On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt by Richard Carrier Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
372 Leaving A Career And Redesigning Your LifeMar 21, 2019 34:32
Michael Ostrolenk interviews Dr Jake Desyllas on The Michael Ostronlenk Show. The interview covers leaving a career behind, redesigning your life, minimalism, travel, and more!
Show Notes:The Michael Ostrolenk Show Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Job Free by Jake Desyllas Audiobook, eBook, Paperback Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
Bonus Episode 67: Writing Projects And Life After Achieving FIMar 21, 2019
This bonus episode comes from a recent livestream with Patrons. A listener asked me what I'm writing about at the moment- you can hear all about it in the episode! We also discussed some interesting topic suggestions from listeners for new podcast episodes and books, including life after achieving financial independence.
371 Negotiate For Mutual Profit Audiobook Part 1Mar 11, 2019 14:58
Part 1 of the audiobook of Negotiate For Mutual Profit by Jake Desyllas. Part 1 covers constructive communication. Part 2 covers the win-win negotiation method, principles, and good habits. The full audiobook is available to supporting listeners on Patreon and Bitbacker.
Show Notes:Join the TVL mailing list for a free PDF copy of Negotiate for Mutual Profit Support TVL on Patreon and get the full Negotiate For Mutual Profit audiobook, plus bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
Bonus Episode 66: Addiction to Technology and Social MediaMar 11, 2019
Bonus Episode 66 is an enjoyable discussion with listeners about the potential downside of social media and other digital time sinks. We discussed numerous books in the episode:Deep Work by Cal Newport Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier
370 Free To LearnFeb 28, 2019 30:02
Free To Learn by Peter Gray is one of the most influential books about alternative approaches to education. In this review, Jake highlights the most useful ideas in the book, especially the focus on the role of play in learning and the explanation of how school interferes with learning.
Jake also provides some criticisms of the book, such as the ideas that Peter Gray has about what hunter gatherer societies can teach us and his advocacy of Sudbury schools.
Show Notes:Free To Learn by Peter Gray TVL 366: Three Alternatives To School Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Bonus Episode 39: School Is Prison For Kids Bonus Episode 24: Why I'm Skeptical About Sudbury Schools Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency and get bonus episodes and other rewards
Bonus Episode 65: Self Work And HappinessFeb 28, 2019
This bonus episode is about a very important topic. I was asked on a livestream about whether I've met people who have quit the rat race and are still unhappy. This episode is my response.
Bonus Episode 64: So Good They Can't Ignore YouFeb 28, 2019
This bonus episode is about Cal Newport's book So Good They Can't Ignore You. This is a discussion with patrons from a recent livestream. We focus on the relevancy of this book for entrepreneurship, and how to apply Cal Newport's idea of deliberate practice to business.
369 Breaking Out Of Your Cultural BubbleFeb 20, 2019 16:26
Going to university often leads to living in a kind of the cultural bubble for the rest of your life. Being conscious of the ways in which you are living in a bubble is the first step in breaking out of it.
Show Notes:On Becoming A Person by Carl Rogers Coming Apart by Charles Murray Was Modernism Meant to Keep the Working Classes Out? by Matthew Wills Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Alternatively, Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
Bonus Episode 63: Getting More Sales For A New BusinessFeb 20, 2019
This bonus episode is about generating more leads for a new business. It's a discussion with a patron who has started an online and in-person maths tutoring business.
Bonus Episode 62: My Podcasting ProcessFeb 20, 2019
At the recent TVL Meetup in Barcelona I was asked about how I make podcasts, so I thought you might also find it interesting to hear about how I do it. In this bonus episode I explain my podcasting process, including the decisions behind each episode.
Bonus Episodes 60 & 61: Productivity When You Have KidsFeb 20, 2019
A topic that I've found challenging ever since becoming a parent is how to stay productive. Bonus Episodes 60 & 61 are a two part series on productivity when you have kids. Even if you don't have kids, the ideas in this episode can still help you improve your own productivity.
368 Learn By SellingFeb 11, 2019 21:51
As soon as you become an entrepreneur, you’re in the selling business. Entrepreneurship is fundamentally a process of experimental learning through selling. This episode is a chapter from the audiobook of Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Audiobook of Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas on Audible Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas on Amazon Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
367 Empowering Creators With CryptocurrencyFeb 3, 2019 28:40
Jonathan Hale is the founder of Bitbacker.io: a cryptocurrency-based alternative to Patreon. In this interview, Jonathan talks about how Bitbacker can enable a new wave of cryptocurrency adoption by content creators. He discusses the issues surrounding cryptocurrency adoption and shares his experience as an entrepreneur building a business that runs entirely in cryptocurrency.
Show Notes:Bitbacker Webpage and Twitter Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency
366 Three Alternatives To SchoolJan 24, 2019 25:31
This episode explores three alternatives to school: unschooling, road-schooling and Sudbury schools.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards or Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency TVL Barcelona Meetup on Sunday 27th January 2019 Bonus Episode 39: School Is Prison For Kids Bonus Episode 21: Roadschooling Bonus Episode 24: Why I'm Skeptical About Sudbury Schools
365 Good Ideas Are Better Than HeroesJan 18, 2019 20:34
The ideas covered in this episode play an important part in my outlook on how to have independence of thought. A discussion with a supporting listener.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon and get bonus episodes and other rewards Support TVL on BitBacker with cryptocurrency TVL Episode 276: Society Is Your Relationships TVL Episode 85: Freedom From Intellectual Heroes
364 An Update About Patreon And Thoughts On The Future Of The InternetJan 11, 2019 20:00
363 Extreme SavingJan 3, 2019 35:57
This episode is a chapter from the audiobook of Job Free by Jake Desyllas. This chapter explains extreme saving- a strategy for achieving financial indpendence based on frugal living. Even if this lifestyle choice is not for you, it's a fascinating approach that offers lots of food for thought for anyone interested in financial freedom.
Show Notes:Job Free by Jake Desyllas Support TVL on Patreon for bonus episodes and other rewards!
Bonus Episode 59: Pros And Cons Of MortgagesJan 1, 2019
I've just released a bonus episode discussing the financial benefits and downsides of mortgages. For those interested in financial independence, this episode also touches on the broader question of the role of debt and leverage.
362 Are You Spiritual?Dec 20, 2018 13:23
One of my listeners asked me if I was a spiritual person… How would you respond to this question? My answer is in this episode.
361 A Secular Look At The BibleDec 11, 2018 17:06
This episode discusses a secular approach to understanding the Bible. It includes a recommendation for the best book that I've found on this topic, which is Isaac Asimov's Guide To The Bible.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon for bonus episodes and rewards! Asimov's Guide To The Bible
360 Cryptocurrencies UpdateDec 4, 2018 44:12
An interview with returning guest Stephanie Murphy, host of Let's Talk Bitcoin. Stephanie provides an overview of what is happening in cryptocurrencies today, focussing on issues relevant for individual investors.
Show Notes:Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Let's Talk Bitcoin Episode 313 313 Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Today
359 Crisis InvestingNov 27, 2018 21:30
One of the challenges for private investors is how to address the risk of financial crises or a meltdown in the financial system. How seriously should you take this risk? What should you do about it? How should it inform your investments?
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne What Has Government Done to Our Money by Murray Rothbard Crisis Investing by Doug Casey
358 Your Purpose In Life Can ChangeNov 20, 2018 16:32
One of the alluring goals of the productivity system Getting Things Done (GTD) is to identify your purpose in life and align everything you do with that purpose. That idea sounds good, but what does it really mean to have a purpose in life? That's the topic of this episode.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
357 You Provide The PurposeNov 12, 2018 23:13
Your job as an entrepreneur is to be Chief Enthusiasm Inspirer for a purpose that others can rally to. This episode is a chapter from the audiobook of Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas.
356 The Subversive FamilyNov 2, 2018 17:42
Is the family subversive to politics and religion? That's the argument in a book called The Subversive Family by Ferdinand Mount
355 Why I Am Passionate About Financial IndependenceOct 21, 2018 17:48
Here are ten reasons why I am passionate about the topic of financial independence.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! Job Free: Four Ways to Quite the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms by Jake Desyllas The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises
354 The True BelieverOct 13, 2018 21:04
This episode is a review of Eric Hoffer's book The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. Hoffer argued that all political and religious activists share the same motivations: Those who dedicate their lives to a cause are running from themselves. There are some interesting ideas in the book about the dark consequences that follow when you evade the responsibility for improving yourself and choose to act out your frustration on the world instead.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer
353 Something People WantOct 5, 2018 18:35
What do you need in order to start a business? This episode is a chapter from the audiobook Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! Becoming An Entrepreneur Audiobook on Audible Becoming an Entrepreneur on Amazon TVL 184 Becoming An Entrepreneur: Introduction
352 Value InvestingSep 27, 2018 40:38
I've talked a lot about my strategy for investing in previous episodes, but in this interview you will hear from an investor who takes a different approach. Rob Marstrand is the founder of the investment newsletter and blog Ofwealth. He uses an approach called value investing, in contrast to the passive investing approach that I use. In this episode, Rob explains value investing from his perspective. He also provides an outsider's take on the permanent portfolio strategy that I follow.
Show Notes:Support TVL on Patreon! OfWealth
351 Travel, Parenting, And The Challenges Of Choosing A Different LifestyleSep 20, 2018 57:12
In this Touring Families podcast interview, Jake Desyllas talks about pursuing the travel lifestyle with kids, finding principles in parenting, and the challenges of choosing your own lifestyle.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL for bonus episodes and many other rewards! Touring Families Podcast
350 Why Predicting Doom Always Sounds CleverSep 12, 2018 12:59
This episode presents some interesting research demonstrating that following the news and current events can make you more stupid. Understanding the psychology behind this effect helps improve your rational thinking. It also explains why predicting doom is so popular and always sounds clever.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley Good News is Gradual, Bad New Sudden by Matt Ridley
349 Free-Range Kids Reviewed By a Former Free-Range KidSep 4, 2018 27:44
This episode provides my perspective, as a former free-range kid, on the concept of free-range childhood. It is a review of the book Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children by Lenore Skenazy.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus epodes and rewards! Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children by Lenore Skenazy Episode 341: Peaceful Parenting, Unschooling, and Self-Directed Education
348 Breaking FreeAug 23, 2018 19:15
347 Why I Am Passionate About ProductivityAug 9, 2018 17:14
Ten reasons why I am passionate about productivity systems and getting things done.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Previous TVL episodes on productivity Bonus episodes and resources on productivity Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
346 Nomadic Travel Vs Having A BaseJul 29, 2018 15:43
If you enjoy a travel lifestyle, is it better to go fully nomadic or have a base to come back to between trips? Here's an update about our experience of both nomadic travel and having a base, and how our approach has changed since starting a family.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and reward 241 Selling Our Home To Travel The World 252 Adapting To Big Changes 255 The Path to Permanent Travel And Minimalism
345 Emotional Challenges in InvestingJul 20, 2018 17:04
Investing brings emotional and psychological challenges. These challenges can lead to poor investment decisions, but they can also make you unhappy even if you do end up making a good return. This episode is about strategies for dealing with the emotional challenges of investing.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Job Free by Jake Desyllas Portfoliocharts.com Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne TVL 167 The Permanent Portfolio
344 Voluntary ServitudeJul 8, 2018 12:29
One of the most radical ideas I've come across is this: People are not free ultimately because they voluntarily consent to their servitude. Etienne de La Boetie wrote "A Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" during the Renaissance period. His book had a huge influence on many philosophers and inspired the civil disobedience movement. But, is it relevant to your personal life as well?
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" by Etienne de La Boetie
343 Listener Feedback on Questioning EducationJun 28, 2018 17:58
342 Review of The Paradox of ChoiceJun 21, 2018 30:37
The Paradox of Choice, by psychologist Barry Schwarz, is a book that has influenced many people interested in minimalism. Schwarz argues that the extensive freedom of choice in affluent societies has become detrimental to psychological and emotional well-being. This episode provides a critical review of Barry Schwarz's arguments.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz The Paradox of Choice TED Talk 227 Review of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker
341 Peaceful Parenting, Unschooling, and Self-Directed EducationJun 14, 2018 01:02:49
A interview with James and Taylor Davis from the One Free Family podcast. James and Taylor explain their approach to peaceful parenting and unschooling. We had a great discussion about questioning the concept of self-directed learning, and many other interesting topics.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! One Free Family Podcast 338: Leadership and Parenting 17 Unschooling Part 1: Instead of Education
340 Review of The Case Against EducationJun 8, 2018 21:19
Most of what you learn in school and college is practically useless, yet education is (often) a very good investment. How can this be? This episode is a review of Bryan Caplan's book, The Case Against Education.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! The Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan 339 Questioning Education 261 Thinking Rationally Part 7: The Irrationality Of Politics
339 Questioning EducationJun 3, 2018 17:43
This episode is the first in a series questioning key life choices around the topic of education. How valuable is education? How much education does it make a sense to get? Does education lead to greater freedom and fulfillment in life? I introduce different views on education that I will be exploring: the traditional view, the rebel view, and the realist view. I talk about why I think it is valuable to question education, even though getting a good education worked very well for me.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! The Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan 40 Alternatives to College by James Altucher
338 Leadership and ParentingMay 25, 2018 15:07
What kind of leadership role do you have as a parent? What are the most important responsibilities of parents? This episode explores different answers to these questions.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! One Free Family Podcast - A new take on peaceful parenting Unruffled Podcast by Janet Lansbury 336: A Review of Jordan Peterson's Parenting Principles 312: The Unjobbing Way
337 Tracking Your InvestmentsMay 17, 2018 18:18
This episode is about managing and tracking investments, as part of your journey towards financial independence. I explain the calculations that I find useful to track my portfolio. I'm not a financial advisor and I've had to teach myself about money, so I'm explaining what I've learned as food for thought for other independent investors working towards FI.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Episode 181 Financial Independence Part 1: What You Need To Know About Your Money Episode 219 How To Do A Monthly Financial Review Episode 223 A Guide To Passive Investment Portfolios: Interview With Tyler From Portfolio Charts PortfolieCharts.com Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner by Jake Desyllas Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms by Jake Desyllas
336 A Review Of Jordan Peterson’s Parenting PrinciplesMay 9, 2018 33:19
This episode is a review of Jordan Peterson's suggested principles for parenting, which he put forward in a chapter of his book "12 Rules For Life". In the episode, I explain why I disagree with Peterson's ideas and recommendations regarding parenting. Listen to the episode to find out more.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote for Chaos by Jordan Peterson TVL 328: Punished By Rewards Part 1 Parent Effectiveness Training By Thomas Gordon Unruffled Podcast
335 Freedom from PretenceMay 3, 2018 20:49
Harry Browne's book, "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree world" had a huge influence on me. This episode examines the subject of one chapter in that book: freedom from pretence. I explore Harry's suggestions about finding freedom from pretence, and then provide my own thoughts on the topic.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne Self-Deception - Episode 202 of The Voluntary Life Getting Real: 10 Truths Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life by Susan Campbell - Episode of the Psychology Book Club Podcast
334 How Free Are You? The Tale of The Slave By Robert NozickApr 26, 2018 13:17
How free are you? This episode is about a thought-provoking story by the philosopher Robert Nozick called "The Tale of the Slave". It is taken from his book "Anarchy, State, and Utopia."
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Anarchy, State, and Utopia: Second Edition by Robert Nozick
333 Residency in Portugal And SpainApr 16, 2018 14:13
This episode is about some interesting opportunities that I am currently exploring for living in Portugal and Spain as an expat. I outline some of the potential benefits of Portugal's Non-Habitual Resident Scheme and Spain's Non-Lucrative Visa scheme. These residency options are particularly relevant for digital nomads. Depending on where you are from, one of these two countries could be a good option for you. I'm still learning about this and I may not know all the relevant issues yet, so if you are interested in pursuing these options you will still need to look into the details and get professional advice.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! TVL Episode 58 on Emigrating in Europe
332 Nietzsche’s Idea of Individual FreedomApr 14, 2018 17:59
This episode is about the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and whether or not there is anything useful in his work for those interested in finding individual freedom. I've read some great Nietzsche quotes about finding freedom in life. At the same time, he has a reputation for being very authoritarian and anti-individualistic, and he is known to have been a major philosophical influence on Nazism. So what did he really think about individual freedom?
Show Notes:Nietzsche and The Nazis by Stephen Hicks
331 Review of Think and Grow RichApr 5, 2018 17:13
"Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill is a well-known and influential book about wealth and personal development. The topics covered by this book are very relevant to The Voluntary Life, so I wanted to read this book to see why it is so famous. I share my thoughts about the book in this review.
Show Notes:Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill TVL Patreon Page
330 Are You Ready To Have Children?Mar 29, 2018 38:00
Stephanie Murphy and I discuss a thought-provoking video by Daniel Mackler about the question: Are You Ready to Have Children?
Show Notes:"Are You Ready to Have Children? - Challenging Questionnaire For Prospective Parents" by Daniel Mackler TVL Patreon Page
329 Punished By Rewards Part 2: Incentives in BusinessMar 15, 2018 23:15
Support The Voluntary Life on Patreon for bonus episodes and rewards!
This is the second part of a review of Alfie Kohn's book, Punished by Rewards. This episode addresses the idea of incentive schemes in business and evaluates Kohn's claims in his book.
Show Notes:Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn TVL Patreon Page TVL 328 Punished By Rewards Part 1 Drive by Dan Pink
328 Punished By Rewards Part 1: Parenting and SchoolingMar 12, 2018 26:15
I found Alfie Kohn's book, Punished by Rewards, both interesting and frustrating to read. Some ideas in the book are great, and I also have some significant criticisms.
Part 1 of the review, in this episode, discusses the topic of rewards and punishment in parenting and schooling. Part 2 will tackle incentives in business in the next episode.
Show Notes:Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn TVL Patreon Page TVL 244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and Machines Instead of Education by John Holt TVL review of Instead of Education by John Holt Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon
327 What Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Venture CapitalMar 8, 2018 34:02
This episode is an interview with someone who's been involved in financing many famous Silicon Valley startups. Warren Hogarth was a partner at Sequoia Capital and now runs his own finance business, Empower. In this interview he gives an insider take on the pros and cons of venture capital for entrepreneurs.
Show Notes:Sequoia Capital Empower Finance Term Sheet Templates and Examples for entrepreneurs
326 Jim Rohn's Philosophy for Successful LivingFeb 23, 2018 15:45
Jim Rohn was an influential figure in the fields of personal development and financial independence. This episode is a discussion of his ideas including his book, My Philosophy For Successful Living.
325 Dealing With Manipulative People Part 2Feb 21, 2018 15:06
Part 2 of a discussion about useful ideas in the book "In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People" by Dr. George K. Simon.
324 Dealing With Manipulative People Part 1Feb 14, 2018 14:52
How do you defend yourself against manipulative people? Part 1 of a discussion about some useful ideas in the book "In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People" by Dr. George K. Simon.
323 A Review Of Defying Hitler by Sebastian HaffnerJan 31, 2018 20:34
Sebastian Haffner’s memoirs of his time in Berlin between 1914 and 1933 give a fascinating account of everyday life during the rise of a totalitarian regime. This episode explores the most interesting aspects of his book. I talk about what this extreme situation shows us about the effect that politics has on civil society.
322 Destroy Bad Ideas by Embracing ThemJan 31, 2018 17:16
An episode about the best way to inoculate yourself against irrational ideas.
Show Notes:Become a Patron of The Voluntary Life for bonus episodes! Argumentum ad Absurdum The Candlemakers' Petition by Frederic Bastiat TVL Episode 225 Comparative Advantage Is Mind-blowing
321 Barcelona: Our Adventure ContinuesJan 24, 2018 25:34
A discussion with Hannah Braime about our travel experiences and life as expats in Barcelona. We talk about travel with kids, Barcelona as a destination for expats, current events in Catalonia, and more!
320 Investing in GoldJan 16, 2018 26:43
Why invest in gold? What is the best way to do so? Is gold obsolete as an investment now that cryptocurrencies exist? This episode answers many listener questions about investing in gold from my perspective as a private investor following the Permanent Portfolio strategy. I am not a financial advisor. As always with investing, you will need to do your own research. Thanks so much to all the patrons who provided great questions for this topic.
Show Notes:Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland TVL Episode 69: Inflation: The Hidden Tax BullionVault (Affiliate link)
319 InheritanceJan 10, 2018 17:46
Should you leave your adult children an inheritance? Should you base your own financial plans around the expectation of receiving an inheritance one day? These questions are relevant to parenting, financial independence, and many other key topics covered on TVL.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
318 Mind MappingDec 29, 2017 14:34
An episode about how to use mind maps as a productivity tool to plan any project and support your creative thinking.
Show Notes:The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan iThoughts Exporting Omnifocus Tasks To Mind Maps Script Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
317 Investing In BondsDec 14, 2017 15:10
If you are investing towards financial freedom, you face a decision: which asset classes should you put your money in? This episode is about one of the main asset classes: fixed-income securities, or bonds. Bonds can behave in strange ways as an investment, especially in times when interest rates are very low (as they are at present). I'm not a financial advisor and this episode is just my opinions, so you will need to do your own research, but this episode will give you food for thought.
316 80/20 Parenting and the ACE StudyDec 3, 2017 26:37
How could you apply the 80/20 Principle to parenting? In this episode, Jake answers this question using evidence from a fascinating empirical study into how childhood experiences can impact your health and wellbeing for the rest of your life.
Show Notes:Support The Voluntary Life on Patreon ACE Study Wiki Page Explanation of ACE Study CDC page on ACE Study
315 Nonviolent CommunicationNov 24, 2017 24:44
Many people who are interested in personal freedom and self-improvement find value in an approach to negotiation called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). In this episode, I provide an assessment of NVC, outlining aspects that I find useful, problems with the approach, and some misconceptions of the framework.
Show Notes:Become a patron of TVL Nonviolent Communication By Marshall Rosenberg Psychology Book Club Episode on NVC NVC wikipedia page Getting To Yes by Fischer and Ury Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon TVL Review of Better Angels of Our Nature Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans Hermann Hoppe
314 The Best TV Show For EntrepreneursNov 18, 2017 20:31
In this episode I explain what I've learned from my favourite TV show and why I recommend that you watch it if you are an entrepreneur or are interested in business. The Profit is an MSNBC show about entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis investing in small businesses.
Show Notes:The Profit Marcus Lemonis What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
313 Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies TodayNov 7, 2017 38:09
Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn explain the state of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in November 2017. Stephanie is the host of Let's Talk Bitcoin and Brian hosts Sovryn Tech. In this interview, they share their insights into significant changes in the world of cryptocurrencies and what current developments mean for users and investors.
Show Notes:Let's Talk Bitcoin Sovryn Tech Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
312 The Unjobbing WayNov 1, 2017 54:05
James Davis is a great example of an "unjobber". His unconventional work life has included making money as a professional poker player, transforming a children's summer camp, and starting an online fantasy sports business. In this interview, James talks about how he successfully pursued the unjobbing lifestyle and how you can do so too.
Show Notes:James' businesses discussed in the show: Camp Stomping Ground, Longacre , and DFSR Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
311 What Is The Point Of Getting Married?Oct 24, 2017 16:56
In this episode, Jake talks about growing up with a view of marriage as an outdated tradition with negative connotations, and how his view changed as he came to understand the positive reasons to get married. Whatever your current view of marriage, this discussion will give you food for thought.
310 How I Became An Estonian E-ResidentOct 19, 2017 14:11
The Estonian E-Residency program is worth considering for anyone running a business online as a digital nomad. In this episode I explain the background to e-residency, how the application process works, and what the benefits are.
Show Notes:E-Residency Application Page Leapin.EU (Use my referral code: “Jake” for a discount) Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
309 Aligning Your Career With Your ValuesOct 10, 2017 41:15
Ken Justice had a prestigious and well-paid job, until he realised that his work was not aligned with his values. In this thought-provoking interview, he describes the enormous changes that he made to his career and his life.
Show Notes:Ken Justice personal website Support The Voluntary Life on Patreon
308 Building A Tiny HouseOct 4, 2017 42:17
The tiny house movement is relevant for anyone interested in minimalism, frugal living, and a travel-oriented lifestyle. In this interview, Link Wilcox talks about her project to build a tiny house.
Show Notes:Link's Website TVL Patreon Website
307 Five Ways To Live The Voluntary LifeSep 27, 2017 28:01
Jake's speech at the Freecoast Festival 2017, presenting five ways to live the voluntary life:Rational Thinking Personal Freedom Peaceful Parenting Financial Independence Internationalisation
Show Notes:Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards! The Freecoast Festival
306 New Hampshire: Our Adventure ContinuesSep 20, 2017 21:32
Jake and Hannah talk about travelling from Catalonia to New Hampshire, USA. The discussion covers adapting to a travel lifestyle with a baby, the challenges of minimalism and intercontinental travel, differences between Catalonia and New England as expat locations, and many more topics!
305 What Is Forgiveness?Sep 1, 2017 14:15
What does forgiveness mean? What is it for? Should you forgive others in order to be free? Or is the idea of forgiveness a trap? Check out the episode to find out more!
304 Passive Investing with Index FundsAug 25, 2017 15:49
This episode answers questions from TVL listeners on the topic of investing in stocks. It provides an introduction to low-cost, passive investing with index funds. When choosing investment funds, a key issue for passive investors is the expense ratio. This episode explains the huge difference between average expense ratios and those of low-cost funds.
I am not a financial advisor. This episode is about what I've learned as an individual investor but, as always, you will need to do your own research.
Show Notes:Vanguard Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne
303 The Weekly Review For ProductivityAug 18, 2017 17:49
This episode is about suggestions for implementing a weekly review for productivity. It is a conversation from the patron-only livestream that I do with supporting listeners every month. You will find it helpful if you are interested in implementing or upgrading your own weekly review habit.
Show Notes:The GTD Virtual Study Group Podcast Become a Patron of The Voluntary Life
302 Against TherapyAug 11, 2017 53:33
This week's episode is a discussion with Hannah Braime about a very interesting book called Against Therapy by Jeffrey Masson. We recorded this for the Psychology Book Club Podcast. I'm including it on The Voluntary Life because it is highly relevant to everyone interested in self-knowledge and psychological freedom.
Show Notes:Psychology Book Club Podcast Against Therapy by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson The Assault On Truth by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson One Nation Under Therapy by Christina Hoff Summers
301 How Old Are Entrepreneurs?Aug 2, 2017 16:05
This episode presents some very interesting data on the average age of entrepreneurs when they start their first business. You might find the results surprising...
300 The Different Principles Of Peaceful And Non-Peaceful ParentingJul 27, 2017 21:41
This episode presents the implicit principles that underpin non-peaceful parenting, and contrasts them with the principles of peaceful parenting that was discussed in Episode 278.
299 What Is Selfishness?Jul 20, 2017 19:18
Is unselfishness a virtue? Or is the idea of unselfishness a trap used to prevent you from living your own life? What is selfishness anyway?
This week's episode is about different theories of selfishness, including Harry Browne's idea of the unselfishness trap and an alternative definition of selfishness by Oscar Wilde.
Show Notes:Become A Patron of The Voluntary Life
298 Your Life Is Not On LoanJul 12, 2017 18:16
"I am very close to the financial independence. I have listened to some podcasts you have on the topic, but I still have some doubts. I know that my parents will not understand why I am not getting up every morning to go to the office. I know that my friends will ask about my next professional challenges and why I decided to quit. I cannot mention the financial independence because it will generate envy, and that is not a comfortable situation. Is lying the only solution? Or breaking up with your parents, brothers and friends?"
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley TVL Episode 189— Envy: A Theory Of Social Behaviour By Helmut Schoek
297 The Role Of Cash In InvestingJul 3, 2017 17:16
Harry Browne thought carefully about the role of cash with his permanent portfolio strategy. His insights on cash are useful for all investors, regardless of your particular approach. In this episode I explain the role of cash in investing from a permanent portfolio strategy perspective. As always, your money is your own responsibility. I am not a financial advisor.
Become A Patron of The Voluntary Life Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne
296 No One Is Coming To Save YouJun 26, 2017 22:37
This week's episode is a response to this listener email:
"I've been a long term listener, but honestly I'm having a difficult time [seeing why I should be] a paid subscriber. I listen to several podcasts and a similar characteristic seems to be FI and hosts who are millionaires. Provide real value for those who don't enjoy that status and the money will come. There's too many of us who want to be financially independent but don't have a system to get there. Figure out a way to teach the methods and you'll never have to ask for donations."The Voluntary Life now has a Patreon page! In the first week of TVL on Patreon, my patrons have received: The first exclusive patron podcast episode (How To Sort Your Life Out Part 2) An Evernote template for Areas of Responsibility from my own productivity system Behind-the-scenes information about the running costs of the podcast Three e-books by Jake And lots more! Become a Patron today to get all these goodies and more to come, including this week's patron-only episode, "How To Do A Daily Review".
Show Notes:The Voluntary Life Patreon Page
295 How To Sort Your Life Out Part 1 (and Patreon!)Jun 19, 2017 22:05
The Areas of Responsibility framework is a very powerful productivity technique for sorting your life out. It helps me answer questions such as:
What am I doing with my life, and why? Is what I am doing right now a good use of my time? What should I devote my efforts to in order to build the life I want? In this episode, I introduce Areas of Responsibility and explain how to start implementing them.
I've also got some big developments to tell you about. I want to completely upgrade The Voluntary Life, provide a whole new range of bonus content, and enable new ways for you to connect with me and other supporting listeners. Please help me by becoming a patron of the show and supporting me with a monthly amount of your choosing, through Patreon. Sign up and get your bonuses now at patreon.com/thevoluntarylife The first bonus episode has already been recorded and it goes deeper into the same theme as this one, as Part 2 of How To Sort Your Life out.
The Voluntary Life Patreon Page TVL 232 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 1 (School Sucks Interview) TVL 185 How To Set Meaningful Goals For The Year Ahead
294 The Five Laws Of StupidityJun 7, 2017 15:35
"Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake." Carlo Cipolla
In the 1970s, an economic historian called Carlo Cipolla wrote a provocative article titled "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity". His theory emphasises the destructiveness of stupid behaviour, and explains why it is so underestimated and misunderstood.
The Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla The Five Universal Laws Of Stupidity by Corrine Purtill Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
293 Girona: Our Adventure ContinuesMay 30, 2017 24:18
This week's episode features Hannah and me discussing our move to Girona. We talk about adapting to a travel lifestyle with a baby, the challenges of minimalism and travel, beautiful Girona as an expat location, and many more topics!
Hannah Braime TVL 254: Perpetual Travel With Kids Part 1: Interview With Go Curry Cracker Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
292 The Decision To Have KidsMay 23, 2017 17:27
Description:A response to this interesting listener question:
"Hi Jake, I would like to hear your thoughts on making the decision to have a child. I am 33 years old, and there are lots of expectations on this one. I find it difficult to escape this identity trap and to know for myself if I want to become a parent or not. I know it's a BIG one, and it is personal, but your podcast is probably the only place which talks about parenting from a unique perspective different than the norm. I will be curious to hear your view, especially as a new parent."
Episode 290: Escaping The Identity Trap Episode 283: Minimalism and Parenting (Featuring Hannah Braime) Episode 268: Family Pressure, Expensive Weddings, And Kids Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
291 Setting Up A Nomadic Business With Estonian E-ResidencyMay 10, 2017 18:45
Ilias Ismanalijev is a web developer based in Belgium. When Ilias started his own company straight after college, he wanted to be able to manage the business online and travel easily as a digital nomad. In this interview, he explains why he chose to to found his business in Estonia using Estonian E-Residency. If you are interested in different options for running a nomadic business, check out our discussion of Ilias' experience.
Ilias' website LeapIN.EU
290 Escaping The Identity TrapMay 2, 2017 21:22
Description:The identity trap is an idea from Harry Browne's book How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World. Harry suggested that some widely held assumptions about life are false. By accepting such false assumptions, you lose your freedom. He called these false assumptions "traps".
The identity trap is the belief that you should be the person that others want you to be, rather than being yourself. There are two key questions to ask yourself in order to escape the identity trap. Listen to the episode to find out more.
TVL Episode Discussing How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
289 Managing Your Productivity SystemApr 24, 2017 32:18
This weeks episode is about how to manage your own productivity system for getting things done. It comes from an interview that I did a while ago on the Valiant Growth podcast. In the interview, I talk about various techniques for managing your own productivity system, including:
The different components of a productivity system Undertaking regular reviews Choosing between different productivity tools, such a task-management apps and paper-based systems. Show Notes:
Valiant Growth Podcast Episode 258 Getting Started With Productivity Systems (Valiant Growth Interview) All Previous Productivity Episodes
288 Working Hard And Missing Out On Life ExperiencesApr 16, 2017 10:32
A response to this listener question:
"From what I gather, for much of your 20s and 30s you worked very hard on building your business and for long hours each day. It has clearly paid off for you, as you've sold the business and enjoyed many years of financial independence. But is this something you'd recommend for younger people? What's the best way of thinking about the work/life balance at that stage of life? I find myself thinking, what if I worked extremely hard for many years and died in a freak accident before I'd got to have significant life experiences? It may seem like pessimism, but to focus almost entirely on ones work must require some delayed gratification, unless your truly love your work. Similar issues are involved with extreme saving. I thought you might have some good insights about the sort of questions to ask yourself to get a better understanding of how to approach this."
Show Notes: Job Free by Jake Desyllas Mr Money Mustache Early Retirement Extreme Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
287 Freedom Surfer InterviewApr 10, 2017 34:25
Description:Simon writes for digital nomads, perpetual travellers, and location independent entrepreneurs on his blog Freedom Surfer. In this interview, he talks about his own journey to location independence and his thoughts on the pros and cons of this lifestyle. He explains how he tackles the practical challenges of perpetual travel, such as business formation, banking, and taxation.
Freedom Surfer Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
286 Wireless Life InterviewApr 3, 2017 37:53
Description:In this week's episode, my guest Sebastian Kühn talks about the benefits and challenges of running a location-independent business. He shares his own experiences setting up businesses in Hong Kong and Estonia, as well as his thoughts on the Estonian E-Residency program. Sebastian Kühn is a the author of a website for digital nomads called Wireless Life.
Wireless Life Recording of Sebastian's Webinar on Estonian E-Residency and Business Formation Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
285 Making It All WorkMar 26, 2017 51:27
Description:This week's episode is a review of David Allen's book, Making It All Work. This book is about applying principles of productivity beyond work, to life as a whole. The review is a discussion between myself and Chris Stefanick taken from Chris' podcast, Choice Conversations.
Choice Conversations Making It All Work by David Allen How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler Other episodes on productivity Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
284 What The Founder Shows About EntrepreneurshipMar 19, 2017 16:35
It is not often that Hollywood makes movies which explore real business challenges. The Founder is a movie about how Ray Kroc created a global restaurant franchise from a small business started by the MacDonald brothers. This podcast episode is about what entrepreneurs can learn from the ideas shown in the movie.
283 Minimalism and ParentingMar 10, 2017 28:12
Description:Does becoming a parent mean giving up a minimalist lifestyle? In this episode Hannah and Jake discuss their experience of minimalism and parenting. Some of the topics covered include:
Baby-wearing as an alternative to prams Co-sleeping as an alternative to cots Breastfeeding and baby-led weaning as alternative to bottle feeding and baby foods Buying second-hand stuff for babies How attachment parenting and respectful parenting fit in with minimalism Show Notes:
Hannah Braime Examples of Baby Wearing (baby carriers) Co-Sleeping With Infants (University of Notre Dame) Breastfeeding and baby-led attachment Sleeping Like A Baby: Simple Sleep Solutions for Infants and Toddlers by Pinky McKay The Fourth Trimester by Susan Brink The Attachment Parenting Book by William Sears Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill Rapley Brain Rules For Baby by John Medina Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber Information on risks of second hand mattresses Unruffled Podcast by Janet Lansbury The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnick Previous episodes on parenting Previous episodes on minimalism Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
282 The Fear That Motivates MeMar 4, 2017 49:52
Description:Jake is interviewed on The Sample Hour podcast with the host, Drew Sample. We had a wide-ranging discussion covering options for living a job-free life, productivity, minimalism as a parent, and motivation— including the fear that motivates me.
The Sample Hour Job Free by Jake Desyllas Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
281 Listener Feedback on Peaceful ParentingFeb 25, 2017 15:58
Description:In this episode, I respond to listener feedback about peaceful parenting. Some of the topics covered include:
Is spanking justified? What about minor kinds of aggression in parenting, such as confiscating possessions? One listener's experience of practicing peaceful parenting for 18 years. How come I argue against the use of psychotropic drugs on children? Show Notes:
Previous Parenting Episodes The Myth Of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
280 How To DisagreeFeb 16, 2017 17:48
Description:Although it might not seem like it, disagreeing is a skill. To disagree well is not only an important skill, but also a learnable one. Most people disagree so poorly that they fail to even make an argument. This podcast episode presents Paul Graham's excellent article "How To Disagree" and discusses the concept of a hierarchy of disagreement.
How To Disagree by Paul Graham Graham's Hierarchy Of Disagreement Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
279 Designing A Life Without RegretsFeb 7, 2017 25:46
Description:Hannah and I discuss ways to design a life without regrets. Hannah talks about how to use journaling to stay conscious of what really matters to you. I explain my own journaling exercise inspired by her approach- Each week I complete the following sentence stems:
The most courageous expression of my feelings at the moment would be… The best opportunity for quality time this week is … If I were to let myself be happier, I would … The most extraordinary thing that I can work on these days is … The best thing I can do to get more transparency in what I do these days is … The best opportunity for automation in what I do these days is … The thing am I doing regularly that I least inspired by is … We are at our best these days when … The thing I am most concerned about going wrong this week is … The way I would handle that is … The thing I am most resisting at the moment is … The most audacious goal that haven't fully admitted to myself is … Listen to the episode to find out more!
Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware Journaling for a Life of No Regrets by Hannah Braime Paul Graham's Todo Items (in response to Bronnie Ware's article). Episode 269: Review of A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
278 Three Principles Of Philosophy Applied To ParentingFeb 1, 2017 17:24
Description:This episode is about three principles of philosophy applied to parenting:
Children own themselves (all people are self-owners). Parents have positive obligations towards their children (all individuals are responsible for their own actions). It is wrong to initiate aggression against children (initiating aggression against anyone is unjustifiable). Philosophical principles don't provide detailed prescriptions for parenting, but they do give a framework for understanding which parenting practices are ethical.
If a principle is valid, then all its logical implications are valid too, even if those implications challenge widely-accepted practices. In the episode, I show how these principles can be applied to reevaluate many common parenting practices.
TVL Episode 272 Why I Choose Peaceful Parenting Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
277 Why It Is Worth Striving To Achieve A Job Free LifeJan 23, 2017 15:50
Description:What will you do when you reach financial independence and job freedom? In this episode, I suggest some of the major opportunities that make this lifestyle worth striving to achieve, based on my own experience. Good luck on your journey, and let me know what you think!
Job Free by Jake Desyllas Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Episode 254 Perpetual Travel With Kids Part 1: Interview With Go Curry Cracker Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
276 Society Is Your RelationshipsJan 10, 2017 21:01
Description:Paul Johnson's book, Intellectuals, provides many examples of the disastrous personal lives of intellectuals like Jean Jaques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Why do so many intellectuals—who famously argue for a better society— behave so badly in their personal relationships? Johnson suggests a few explanations, such as their need for attention and desire to post-rationalise bad decisions.
There is also something about the way that these intellectuals think that leads them to neglect the people close to them. They share a faulty view of society, from which it makes sense for them to care so little about their personal relationships. In this episode, I argue that a correct understanding of society leads to investing in your personal relationships, because your society is your relationships.
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson Episode 244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and Machines Become A Patron of TVL to get bonus episodes and rewards!
275 The Best Books On ProductivityDec 28, 2016 12:38
Description:Jake's guide to the most helpful books on productivity, including why each one is recommend and what to expect from it.
Getting Things Done by David Allen Making It All Work by David Allen Ready For Anything By David Allen The Power Of Less by Leo Babauta (Review in TVL Episode 253) Manage Your Day-to-Day edited by Jocelyn Glei The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Discussion in TVL Episode 178) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo (Discussion in TVL Episode 120) The 80/20 Principle By Richard Koch The 4 Hour Workweek By Tim Ferriss Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You by Johnny B. Truant (Discussion in TVL Episode 141)
274 Imaginary TeamsDec 20, 2016 13:24
Description:Personal freedom comes from individual choice and individual responsibility, as opposed to collective identity and collective responsibility. If you want to achieve personal freedom, don’t join imaginary teams. Listen to the episode to find out more! Show Notes:
TVL 244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and Machines TVL 245 Thinking Rationally Part 3: Anti-Rational Ideas
273 The Best Books On EntrepreneurshipDec 13, 2016 17:01
Description:Jake's guide to the most helpful books on entrepreneurship, including why each book is recommend and what you can expect from it. As mentioned in the episode, if you want to get a free copy of Jake's book "Negotiate For Mutual Profit", sign up to the TVL mailing list here.
Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner by Jake Desyllas The Lean Startup by Eric Ries The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber The Goal by Eliyahu M. by Goldratt Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. by Goldratt The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufmann Getting to Yes by Fischer and Ury Negotiate For Mutual Profit by Jake Desyllas (free when you sign up to TVL email list) How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins Drive by Dan Pink Discipline Without Punishment by Dick Grote Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers Built to Sell by John Warrillow Finish Big by Bo Burlingham Anything You Want by Derek Sivers Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson How To Get Rich By Felix Dennis
272 Why I Choose Peaceful ParentingDec 4, 2016 18:37
Description:I choose to parent without violence or aggression. This means I eschew various actions that a lot of parents still consider acceptable- actions such as spanking, hitting, yelling, psychotropic drugs, circumcision, and so on. In this episode, I explain my own reasons for choosing to practice peaceful parenting.
What Is Peaceful Parenting? Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon The Milgram Experiment TVL Series Your Own Moral Compass Part 1 (E151), Part 2 (E152), and Part 3 (E153)
271 The Best Books To Start Learning About Financial IndependenceNov 28, 2016 13:36
Description:Jake's guide to the best books on pursuing financial independence. Some of the books are must-reads, whereas others are suggested for specific purposes or additional information only. No country-specific books are included, so the list is relevant regardless of where you live. Listen to the episode to find out why I recommend each book and what you can expect from them.
Job Free by Jake Desyllas Financial Independence Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley Stop Acting Rich by Thomas Stanley Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicky Rubin Fail Safe Investing by Harry Browne (TVL Review) Why the Best-Laid Investment Plans Usually Go Wrong by Harry Browne The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland and J.M. Lawson A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel (TVL Review) The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle Guide to Investing In Gold and Silver by Michael Maloney Where Are the Customers' Yachts? by Fred Schwed The 4% Rule and Safe Withdrawal Rates In Retirement by Todd Tressider The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing by Andrew Hallam What Has Government Done to Our Money by Murray Rothbard
270 Harry Browne's Article "A Gift for My Daughter"Nov 21, 2016 25:03
Description:A discussion of a very thought-provoking article by the late Harry Browne, called “A Gift for My Daughter”. The episode includes a recording of Harry reading his own words.
Harry’s ideas had a huge influence on me, but I don’t agree with him about everything. This article is particularly interesting because it explains an important truth, and yet I think it also demonstrates one of Harry’s most significant blindspots.
A Gift for My Daughter by Harry Browne TVL Episode On How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne Fail Safe Investing by Harry Browne Job Free by Jake Desyllas Episode 265: A Review Of Escape From Childhood By John Holt
269 Review of A Guide to the Good Life by William B. IrvineNov 14, 2016 31:38
Description:In this episode I am joined by my wife Hannah Braime to discuss William B. Irvine's book, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. This book argues that the philosophy of stoicism is relevant to modern life and can be used to help you live well, according to your own values. We recorded the episode for the Psychology Book Club. I am sharing it here because the themes are highly relevant to The Voluntary Life.
A Guide To The Good Life by William B. Irvine Psychology Book Club Hannah Braime
268 Family Pressure, Expensive Weddings, And KidsNov 8, 2016 14:52
Description:A listener asks:
"How do you cope with family and friend pressure to buy bigger and better and to have an expensive wedding and kids, which leaves you with no ability to save and get ahead in life?"
What do you think? Listen to the episode to hear my response.
267 Consumerism Vs Saving: Four TheoriesOct 31, 2016 13:30
Description:Why do people spend so much of their disposable income on consumption and save so little towards their own financial independence? This episode presents four competing theories that try to answer this question:
Theory 1: People are brainwashed into consumerism by advertising. Theory 2: Spending escalates as people try to keep up with their peer groups. Theory 3: Central bank policies have undermined saving. Theory 4: Spending is the path of least resistance, so you won't save unless you have sufficient motivation. Which (if any) of these theories have merit? Is there a better explanation? Let me know what you think! Show Notes:
Job Free by Jake Desyllas
266 Self-Sufficiency And DIY: Good For Financial Independence?Oct 24, 2016 15:32
Description:Many people who write about financial independence emphasise the benefits of self-sufficiency and DIY as part of their lifestyle. Will it help your journey to financial independence to try to be self-sufficient? Does it make financial sense to do your own repairs and renovations? This episode provides a different perspective.
Job Free by Jake Desyllas TVL Episode 225: Comparative Advantage Is Mind-blowing I, Pencil by Leonard Read How to Make a $1500 Sandwich in Only 6 Months
265 A Review Of Escape From Childhood By John HoltOct 16, 2016 17:46
Description:John Holt was a leading figure in the school reform movement, who became increasingly interested in how children learn outside of school—what he called “unschooling.” He wrote many influential books about alternatives to schooling and he helped start the modern homeschooling movement.
His book Escape From Childhood provides a thought-provoking critique of how most adults treat children, and a vision of how we could treat children with dignity, giving them greater freedom.
Escape From Childhood by John Holt TVL Discussion of Instead of Education by John Holt Previous TVL Episodes on Unschooling
264 Thomas Stanley's Wealth IndexOct 4, 2016 15:10
Description:In his book Stop Acting Rich, author Thomas Stanley explained a way to calculate your relative net worth, taking into account both your age and your income. He used this calculation to create a wealth index, which you can use to judge whether you are on the path to FI, or whether you are burning more of your income than you should.
In the episode I explain how the wealth index is calculated and provide commentary on how to use it. There is also a free website that does the calculation for you.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley Stop Acting Rich By Thomas Stanley TVL Episode 80: Financial Freedom Milestones Website To Check Your Wealth Index by Hugh Chou TVL Episode 242: Financial Pros And Cons Of Home Ownership
263 Thinking Rationally Part 9: Rational EthicsSep 28, 2016 18:14
Description:An historical overview of rational ethics, focussing on the revolution in moral philosophy that happened during the Enlightenment. Although there was amazing progress during the Enlightenment, the contradictions of enlightenment thinkers eventually led them to lose their way on ethics and abandon a rational approach to morality. Understanding this background is helpful if you want to use rational thinking to make sense of ethics for yourself.
TVL Episode 151 Your Own Moral Compass Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 TED talk by Michael Huemer: The Progress of Liberalism Episode 227 Review Of The Better Angels Of Our Nature By Steven Pinker All Previous Episodes in the Thinking Rationally Series
262 Thinking Rationally Part 8: Popular Irrational BiasesSep 19, 2016 16:36
Description:Many ideas that have been debunked long ago nonetheless remain very popular. This episode highlights three popular irrational biases about economics, taken from Brian Caplan's book The Myth Of The Rational Voter. The biases covered are the pessimism bias, the anti-market bias, and the anti-foreign bias.
All Previous Episodes in the Thinking Rationally Series The Myth Of The Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan Episode 90 Rational Optimism Versus Doom Porn The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley Episode 227 Review Of The Better Angels Of Our Nature By Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Entrepreneurship Part 4: Profit Is Sanity Episode 176 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises Part 1 (and Part 2) Episode 225 Comparative Advantage Is Mind-blowing
261 Thinking Rationally Part 7: The Irrationality Of PoliticsSep 12, 2016 23:55
Description:Politics brings out the worst in people. As the economist Joseph Schumpeter put it,
"The typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyzes in a way which he would readily recognize as infantile within the sphere of his real interests. He becomes a primitive again." This episode is about the problem of political irrationality. Why are political beliefs so irrational? How does this affect your life? Listen to the episode to find out more!
All Previous Episodes in the Thinking Rationally Series The Myth Of The Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan George Carlin On Politics Michael Heumer on The Irrationality Of Politics
260 Overcoming Negative EmotionsSep 4, 2016 46:09
Description:A review of Peter Breggin's book, Guilt Shame And Anxiety: Understanding And Overcoming Negative Emotions, originally published on another podcast hosted by Jake and Hannah, The Psychology Book Club Podcast.
Peter Breggin's book is very relevant to many topics covered on The Voluntary Life. In the episode, Hannah and Jake discuss the challenging ideas presented in the book and how they can help you achieve greater psychological freedom.
Psychology Book Club Podcast Guilt Shame and Anxiety by Peter Breggin TVL 247 Thinking Rationally Part 5: Reason And Emotions
259 Breaking Limits In Business And LifeAug 29, 2016 43:03
Description:An interview with Jake by Fumnanya, host of The Limit Breaker podcast. The interview covers interesting questions on the topic of breaking limits in business and life, including Jake's influences, founding and selling a business, the path to a job free life, and much more.
The Limit Breaker Podcast Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Job Free by Jake Desyllas Jake Desyllas Writing Website Getting Things Done by David Allen Getting To Yes by Fischer and Ury How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne OmniFocus
258 Getting Started With Productivity SystemsAug 22, 2016 47:40
Description:This episode is an interview of Jake on the Valiant Growth podcast about getting started with productivity systems. A lot of people want to start using productivity tools and systems, but feel overwhelmed by all the options, jargon, and complexity. This episode will give you clear pointers about how to start simple and achieve massive improvements to your productivity.
Valiant Growth Podcast Getting Things Done by David Allen The Power Of Less by Leo Babauta Other Productivity Episodes
257 How To Rock The Someday Maybe ListAug 15, 2016 17:22
Description:One of my favourite productivity techniques is the Someday Maybe List— an idea from David Allen's book, Getting Things Done. Many people ignore this particular aspect of GTD, but I love it. This episode provides suggestions about how to get the most out of a kick-ass someday maybe list. Topics covered include:
The Purpose of Someday Maybe List The benefits of managing your list in Evernote How tagging, sorting, images, and other Evernote features can make your Someday Maybe List more inspiring and useful. Show Notes:
Evernote Getting Things Done by David Allen Episode 156: How To Unleash Your Creative Thinking Other Productivity Episodes
256 Perpetual Travel With Kids Part 2: Interview With Mike And LaurenAug 6, 2016 34:40
Description:Youtube presenters Mike and Lauren are back to talk about travel with kids. We catch up about all the things that they have been up to since I last spoke to them back in Episode 164. Their adventures include having a baby in Costa Rica, buying an RV, transitioning to life on the road, and planning to buy a barge to live on in Europe!
Episode 164— We Plan To Retire At 30: Interview with Mike and Lauren Mike and Lauren Website Mike And Lauren Youtube Channel Episode 254— Perpetual Travel With Kids Part 1: Interview With Go Curry Cracker
255 The Path to Permanent Travel And MinimalismJul 29, 2016 55:26
Jake was interviewed on World Wanderers Podcast about he sold a business, an apartment, and all of his stuff except one bag, to move to Panama. Jake shares what it has been like to live with less, and what the path to permanent travel has been like, including what has been done and what still needs to be done. He tells us what life has been like in Panama, and the pros and cons to life on the road.
The World Wanderers Podcast Job Free by Jake Desyllas
254 Perpetual Travel With Kids Part 1: Interview With Go Curry CrackerJul 20, 2016 20:47
Description:A fun conversation with Jeremy and Winnie from Go Curry Cracker. Back in Episode 162, we talked about their path to financial independence through extreme saving, and their lifestyle of perpetual travel in early retirement. In this episode, they talk about their experience of perpetual travel as a family. Their son Julian makes makes a guest appearance too!
Go Curry Cracker TVL 162 Spend Little, Save More, Travel the World: Interview with Go Curry Cracker
253 A Review Of The Power Of LessJul 15, 2016 13:45
Description:Leo Babauta's book, The Power Of Less, is about using habits to help you focus on what matters in life. In this review, I talk about some of the most helpful ideas in the book, especially the suggestions about establishing a productive morning routine to kickstart your day. I also talk about some of the limitations of the book, and make suggestions for other useful books on this topic.
The Power Of Less by Leo Babauta Getting Things Done by David Allen The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg TVL Episode 178: Upgrading Habits All Previous Episodes On Productivity
252 Adapting To Big ChangesJul 6, 2016 31:28
Description:Back in episode 217, my wife Hannah and I spoke about the beginning of our adventure moving to Panama. In this episode we talk about a lot of big changes that have happened since then! The episode provides an insight into our story, but it also touches on many themes important to The Voluntary Life. We discuss travel, minimalism, and adapting to big changes in life.
TVL Episode 217: Panama Our Adventure Begins TVL Episode 77: Internationalising Yourself Becoming Who You Are
251 Entrepreneurship And Personal DevelopmentJul 1, 2016 29:21
Description:Entrepreneurship is not just about building a business, it is also about building yourself. I see entrepreneurship as an intensive personal development program. This episode is from a recent interview that I gave about this topic on the Valiant Growth podcast.
Valiant Growth Podcast Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Job Free by Jake Desyllas Drive by Dan Pink
250 Job Free: IntroductionJun 17, 2016 21:54
Description:This episode contains the introduction of the audiobook version of Jake Desyllas' latest book, Job Free. Whether you want to achieve financial independence and retire early, or simply never work for anyone else again, this book provides an essential guide to the different lifestyle-design strategies open to you.
You can get hold of the audiobook on Amazon and Audible, and it will shortly be available on iTunes. If you prefer reading, you can also get a paperback or e-book version on Amazon.
Job Free audiobook, paperback, and e-book on Amazon Job Free audiobook on Audible.com
249 How I Carry My 600-Book Library In Hand LuggageJun 7, 2016 14:19
Description:If you are interested in minimalism or a travel-oriented lifestyle, moving to a digital-only book library is a great benefit. Even if you don't plan to travel, switching to e-books has a ton of other advantages over maintaining paper books. This episode is all about the tools and techniques for managing an e-book library, including:
Making the transition from a physical to a digital library. Choosing a database application for managing e-books. Organising an e-book library with tags and other metadata. Having a system for keeping your own notes about books. Show Notes:
TVL Episode 115 How To Go Paperless Part 1 TVL Episode 157 How To Go Paperless Part 2 Free e-books at the Mises Institute and Online Library of Liberty Calibre (Free e-book management App) Evernote
248 Thinking Rationally Part 6: Your Superpower For Self-DeterminationMay 31, 2016 24:50
Description:This episode is about the role of rational thinking in life. Rational thinking is a discipline of self-mastery, similar to the discipline of achieving physical fitness. I tackle some misconceptions about rational thinking and answer these questions:
What does cognitive science tell us about thinking rationally? What are the costs of thinking rationally, and what are the benefits? Show Notes:
How To Think For Yourself Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure They Live
247 Thinking Rationally Part 5: Reason And EmotionsMay 21, 2016 23:11
Description:If you want to think rationally, what role do your emotions play? Is there a conflict between thinking rationally and experiencing feelings? In this episode, I explain the history of ideas around reason and emotion, and provide an overview of how to think rationally about feelings. Although the Enlightenment was a revolution in thinking rationally, Enlightenment philosophers never resolved their contradictions about the relationship between reason and the emotions, leaving a legacy of confusion about this topic. Instead of slavishly following feelings or repressing and ignoring them, rational thinking gives you a deeper, richer emotional life. Rational thinking enables you to pay attention to your feelings and make use of their valuable information.
Othello by William Shakespeare The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks Episode 189— Envy: A Theory Of Social Behaviour by Helmut Schoek
246 Thinking Rationally Part 4: Listener Feedback On Faith Versus ReasonMay 16, 2016 23:06
Description:So far, the Thinking Rationally series has generated more listener feedback than any previous episodes! In this episode, I respond to feedback on the topic of faith versus reason. Here are the questions covered:
Can reason be accommodated within religious faith? Don't we all live by some kind of faith, anyway? Do I argue that we are "nothing more than matter in motion"? Did I present a fair history of Christianity? Show Notes:
Episode 243— Thinking Rationally Part 1: Faith Versus Reason How To Think For Yourself Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Job Free by Jake Desyllas How To Leave A Review on Amazon
245 Thinking Rationally Part 3: Anti-Rational IdeasMay 8, 2016 20:44
Description:Rational thinking transforms your life, by giving you autonomy and the freedom of the individual. Since it spread during the Enlightenment, rational thinking has also transformed society and created the modern world. Yet many influential philosophers explicitly rejected rational thinking, because they understood where it would lead and did not like what they saw. This episode is about anti-rational ideas. I cover how these ideas emerged as a reaction to the Enlightenment, and why such anti-rational ideas are so popular today among contemporary philosophers.
Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen Hicks (free pdf and audiobook on author's website) Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and MachinesApr 30, 2016 17:53
Description:The biggest challenge of thinking rationally is not learning new techniques, it is overcoming irrational and anti-rational ways of thinking. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about how religious faith conflicts with your rational faculty. This episode is about a secular way of thinking that will derail your rationality. It is a way of thinking about society that seems to be very rational, but is in fact an abuse of reason. Listen to the episode to find out more!
Show Notes: The Counter Revolution Of Science by Friedrich Hayek
243 Thinking Rationally Part 1: Faith Versus ReasonApr 23, 2016 15:52
Description:Rational thinking is the engine behind all the great achievements of the modern world. It is the vital tool for making your own choices and for freeing yourself from prejudices and indoctrination. This series of episodes summarises all the best ideas that I've found about how to think rationally. Part 1 uses the example of the history of Christianity in Europe to explain the conflict between religion and rational thinking.
The Closing Of The Western Mind by Charles Freeman If A Then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White
242 Financial Pros And Cons Of Home OwnershipApr 15, 2016 13:29
Description:Home ownership is often touted as a financially savvy choice, but is it? This episode explores the financial pros and cons of buying your own home for those interested in financial independence.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley I'm not a financial advisor and you will need to do your own research.
241 Selling Our Home To Travel The WorldApr 7, 2016 16:33
Description:As part of adopting a minimalist lifestyle and becoming expats, we sold everything that would not fit into one suitcase each. The biggest part of our downsizing was selling our apartment and all the furniture in it. This episode is about the practical and psychological lessons from selling the flat, getting rid of all our stuff, and changing from being homeowners to travelling renters.
Home Inventory App (mac) Episode 217— Panama: Our Adventure Begins Other Episodes on Minimalism Job Free by Jake Desyllas
240 Freedom Lovin' Interview— Job FreeMar 23, 2016 41:15
239 Minimalism And ClothesMar 16, 2016 15:14
Description:Preparing for a life of travel involved getting rid of anything that I could not take with me in one suitcase. One big source of clutter to address was clothes. My clothes took up a lot of space, yet I hardly ever wore many of them. As part of my extreme decluttering, I got rid of every item of clothing beyond a minimal set that would fit with my one-suitcase plan. The process included making an inventory, deciding what to keep or get rid of, and selling or giving away a huge amount of clothes. Whether you plan to travel or not, this episode will give you some food for thought about changing your approach to clothes.
Previous Episodes on Minimalism Home Inventory App (Mac) Job Free by Jake Desyllas
238 Zero DataMar 7, 2016 24:53
Description:This episode is about how I moved all my data into the cloud. This has been an essential part of adopting a digital nomad lifestyle but is also relevant for anyone who wants a more minimalist, clutter-free life.
I digitised any data that could be, such as music, movies, photos, books, and documents. Once digital, I moved all my data into cloud storage of one kind or another. Then I got rid of all data clutter that was part of my stuff: CDs, DVDs, photos, spare computers, etc. Now all my data lives in the cloud.
In the episode, I explain how I implemented a zero data system, and I outline some of the key issues to address. These include privacy (encryption), backup, redundancy, and sync vs archive.
Article: Zero Data: Thoughts About Sync, Storage, and Backup TVL Episodes on minimalism Going Paperless Part 1 and Part 2 Cloud Music: iTunes Match, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music Cloud Movies: Netflix, iTunes Cloud Storage: Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Cloud Books: Calibre E-Book Management Cloud Notes: Evernote Encryption: SpiderOak, Boxcryptor, FileVault Backup: Crashplan, Backblaze, Time Machine, SuperDuper
237 The Tech Of Permanent TravelMar 1, 2016 01:42:37
Description:Brian Sovryn of the Sovryn Tech Podcast interviews Jake about his lifestyle of perpetual travel and minimalism, and the technology that makes it possible.
Sovryn Tech Episode 165 Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Document Scanner Calibre E-Book Management Evernote VoiceDream AirBnB Uber Google Translate Keyboard Maestro Mac Power Users Podcast TripAdvisor Offline Guides TripIt Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Job Free by Jake Desyllas
236 The Free State ProjectFeb 23, 2016 49:42
Description:The Free State Project is a social experiment encouraging 20,000 people interested in "liberty in our lifetime" to move together to New Hampshire. The idea is to create an intentional community of like-minded people who are interested in personal and political liberty. By concentrating people with similar values in one place, the aim is to have a greater impact on the local culture and thereby generate more freedom. In this episode, I interview Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn—two members of the Free State Project— about their experiences in New Hampshire as part of this community.
The Free State Project Job Free paperback edition Stephanie Murphy Voice Sovryn Tech Podcast Porcfest Festival
235 A Better World Starts With A Clean BedroomFeb 1, 2016 37:27
Description:Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Podcast and Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life discuss the process of upgrading and maintaining positive habits. Topic covered include:
Habits may seem trivial, but the are the most important part of a productivity system Two approaches to change: slow and steady vs. New Year's resolution Triggers for activating habits vs. friction against habits How do we do it? morning routine, 7 Weeks (Android app), Jake uses Way of Life (iOS) No matter what else is going on, do the simple things; even though these seemingly minor habits are the first thing that fall by the wayside when we're really busy Jake: "Habits dramatically reduce the amount of willpower and brainpower required to get things done. Once you have implemented a habit and can do it on autopilot, you conserve willpower and brainpower, helping you get more done." Willpower is a scarce resource; it degrades decision to decision Identifying resources beyond willpower Jake: "Habits are easiest to adopt when they are simple to understand, when you minimize any friction at the start of the action, when there are clear environmental triggers that tell your unconscious to start the habit, and when you have feedback (rewards) for completion." Show Notes: School Sucks Podcast Willpower by Roy Baumeister The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn Glei Job Free by Jake Desyllas Al Switzler Ted Talk
234 Radical Personal Finance Interview— Job FreeJan 26, 2016 01:10:21
Description:This week's episode comes from Joshua Sheats, host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast:
"Most of us in the Radical Personal Finance community are pursuing our own financial independence. And most of us want to get there as quickly as possible. But, most of us only have one idea of one way to get there. Did you know there are a bunch of different ways to go job-free and gain financial freedom? I'm excited to bring you my interview with Jake Desyllas, author of "Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms.""
Job Free by Jake Desyllas
Radical Personal Finance Podcast
233 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 2Jan 18, 2016 24:12
Description:Part 2 of the discussion between Brett Veinotte and Jake Desyllas about using Horizons of Focus for productivity and purpose. In this episode, we conclude our discussion by talking about how to identify your vision for your future, and how to find purpose in life.
Episode 232 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 1 School Sucks Podcast The Voluntary Life Productivity Episodes
232 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 1Jan 14, 2016 57:30
Description:Brett Veinotte from School Sucks podcast interviews Jake Desyllas about using Horizons of Focus for productivity and purpose. In this episode (part 1) we introduce the concept of horizons of focus and talk about the best ways to identify actions, projects, goals, and areas or responsibility.
School Sucks Podcast The Voluntary Life Productivity Episodes Automated Mindmaps Using OmniFocus Horizons of Focus
231 Financial Freedom and Exiting the Rat RaceDec 29, 2015 42:53
Description:Ashe from the Liberty Entrepreneurs podcast interviews Jake about starting a business, selling a business, and financial independence. They talk about Jake's background, becoming an entrepreneur, selling a company, and life afterwards. In this episode, you can hear about the people and books that influenced Jake, and some hacks and suggestions for anyone interested in starting a business.
Liberty Entrepreneurs Podcast Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne The Ultimate Guide to Journaling by Hannah Braime Anything You Want by Derek Sivers Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson Getting to Yes by Fisher and Ury
230 How I Crowdsourced Feedback on my New Book, "Job Free"Dec 16, 2015 20:40
Description:I had an amazing experience getting feedback during the writing of my new book, Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms. I had 165 beta readers during development. That's a lot of feedback!
This episode is about the process of crowdsourcing feedback, using the example of my experience writing Job Free. I describe the workflows, tools and benefits of crowdsourcing feedback. I also tell you all about my new book, and explain how it can help you achieve real freedom in your own life.
Job Free by Jake Desyllas Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas Presentation on Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race 99 Designs The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
229 Travel and Life on BitcoinDec 12, 2015 34:14
Description:In this interview, Tuur and Becca talk about life as perpetual travellers, living on bitcoin. They describe how they got interested in bitcoin and how it has become an integral part of their international lifestyle. They also explain how they cope with the roller-coaster volatility of living from bitcoin.
Tuur was one of the first investment newsletter writers to recommend bitcoin. He describes his own journey in the industry, and shares his thoughts about where bitcoin is headed.
Previous TVL episodes about Bitcoin Tuur Demeester on Twitter Adamant Research Report "How To Position For The Next Rally In Bitcoin"
228 Making Sense Of CivilizationNov 30, 2015 11:55
Description:This episode shares some fascinating ideas about how to understand culture, identity and civilization. The historian Steve Davies argues that rather than being at the end of a long story of "western civilization", we are at the beginning of something radically new, unplanned and totally alien to the historical cultures of both the "West" and everywhere else before circa 1800. I've summarised these ideas in the podcast, but I also recommend that you watch the thought-provoking lecture by Steve Davies. Show Notes: Stephen Davies on Western Civilisation The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
227 Review Of The Better Angels Of Our Nature By Steven PinkerNov 17, 2015 18:53
Description:This episode is a review of a fascinating book, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker. The following quote summarises the book's main argument:
"Believe it or not—and I know that most people do not—violence has declined over long stretches of time, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence. The decline, to be sure, has not been smooth; it has not brought violence down to zero; and it is not guaranteed to continue. But it is an unmistakable development, visible on scales from millennia to years, from the waging of wars to the spanking of children."
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
226 The Mindset For Financial IndependenceNov 5, 2015 12:16
Description:This episode is about three concepts that I've found helpful for managing money. These concepts are about the big-picture when it comes to money, rather than the details. They express the mindset for achieving financial independence. Here is a summary of the ideas discussed:
Be Your Own CFO: managing your own money as you would manage the finance of a business. Be Investment-Oriented, Not Consumption-Oriented Be A Passive Investor. Show Notes: How to Be the CFO of Your Own Life by Luke Landes How to Become CFO of Your Life by JD Roth E219 How To Do A Monthly Financial Review The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley E155: Review of A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel Please note: I'm not a financial advisor and your money is your responsibility.
225 Comparative Advantage Is Mind-blowingOct 26, 2015 10:16
Description:Comparative advantage is a simple idea from economics, but its implications are mind-blowing. It is a process that most people misunderstand, but it is at the root of everything that we create. Comparative advantage is intimately linked to what it means to be human.
Economist article on comparative advantage Matt Ridley on comparative advantage
224 Ancient Vs Modern Ideas Of LibertyOct 19, 2015 09:16
Description:Benjamin Constant was a French classical liberal writer who lived through the French revolution and the reign of terror. Assessing what had gone wrong with the revolution, he came up with a distinction between two conflicting ideas of "liberty" that had influenced the people involved— an ancient concept of liberty and a modern one. His distinction is still useful today and can help make sense of the incompatible ways in which different people talk about freedom.
The Liberty of Ancients Compared with that of Moderns by Benjamin Constant (1816)
223 A Guide To Passive Investment PortfoliosOct 6, 2015 31:37
Description:Portfoliocharts.com is a brilliant, free resource for passive investors. It provides a comparison of all the main passive investment portfolios using funky charts to visually explain the data. The site was created by Tyler, an early retiree with a background in mechanical engineering. Tyler created the site for fun as a personal project, but I think it is the best guide to passive investing portfolios on the web.
In this interview, Tyler gives his own take on passive investing and talks about how to use the portfolio charts site. He explains some interesting results from his analysis and shows how they challenge common myths about portfolios.
Portfolio Charts Website @portfoliocharts I'm not a financial advisor and your money is your responsibility.
222 Early Retirement Lifestyle Part 2Sep 28, 2015 18:35
221 Early Retirement Lifestyle Part 1Sep 25, 2015 32:23
Description:There are many practical steps required to reach financial independence, but there are also some interesting psychological challenges to early retirement. Who would you be without your job? What would you do all day if you never had to work? Justin retired at the age of 33. He writes about financial independence at the Root of Good blog. In this interview, he gives his take on the psychological side of financial independence and describes his early-retirement lifestyle.
Root of Good Blog The Early Retiree's Weekly Schedule
220 What To Expect From InvestingSep 16, 2015 10:14
Description:Many people find getting started as an individual investor daunting. This episode is about how little I knew about investing when I got started. I describe what I came to expect from investing as I learned more about it. If you are starting out in investing, I think hearing my experience will be relevant for you.
Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 Minutes by Harry Browne Where Are the Customers' Yachts by Fred Schwed The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle Previous TVL Episodes on financial independence I'm not a financial advisor and your money is your responsibility.
219 How To Do A Monthly Financial ReviewSep 5, 2015 23:58
Description:It took me a long time to work out how to stay on top of my finances. After a lot of trial and error, I developed the habit of doing a monthly financial review. This is what enables me to confidently manage my finances without having to think about money all the time. In this episode, I explain how you can implement your own monthly financial review. Topics covered include:
Habits to set up when implementing a monthly review, including dedicating adequate time (about 4 hours per month) and making a detailed checklist or task list to use. Key questions to consider when designing your monthly financial review system, such as whether to use an online finance app or one that runs on your own computer. Stages of the monthly financial review to implement: downloading finance data, cleaning data, inputting data, reconciling, and analysis (budget, investments, and net worth calculation) Show Notes:
Some software options for your checklist: Evernote and Omnifocus Some finance apps: iBank, Mint, Personal Capital Software for automating renaming and moving of files: Hazel TVL Episode 181 on budgeting and net worth calculation
218 Choosing A Job-Free LifestyleAug 26, 2015 22:30
Description:In previous episodes of this podcast, I've explored different ways to live a job-free lifestyle. I've interviewed extreme savers, unjobbers, lifestyle entrepreneurs, and startup entrepreneurs. Many listeners have raised an important question about these lifestyles: how do you choose between these different strategies for quitting the rat race? How do you decide which job-free lifestyle you want to pursue for yourself? This week's episode discusses this question and provides suggestions for how to choose a job-free lifestyle.
TVL Episode 124: Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race Video of Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race Presentation Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner
217 Panama: Our Adventure BeginsAug 19, 2015 00
Description:This episode is a discussion with a special guest— my wife Hannah Braime, who is the host of Becoming Who You Are. We've just moved to Panama and we love it here already. In this episode we talk about all the preparations involved in our move, the start of our travel lifestyle, and our first impressions of life in Panama.
Hannah Braime Previous TVL episodes on travel TVL episode 130: Interview with Pete Sisco
216 Financial Independence Strengthens Your Moral BackboneAug 3, 2015 10:05
Description:A listener shared these reflections with me:
"I like to think I'm a moral person but many times in my career (and in the careers of friends), I've been forced to choose between unethical behavior and possibly losing my job. I handled this on a case by case manner, where I had to weight the importance of the unethical behavior, the likelihood of me being punished, the odds of me successfully elevating the issue to a superior, how much the unethical behavior would actually hurt the injured party, etc. In other words, my response was ambiguous and led to a lot of sleepless nights."
The listener went on to explain that achieving financial independence strengthened his or her moral backbone and make it easier to say no to bad people at work. This is a brilliant insight and highlights one of the great benefits of financial independence. In this episode I share some suggestions about how you can use entrepreneurship, extreme saving and unjobbing to make it easier for you to do the right thing.
215 Extreme DeclutteringJul 29, 2015 19:30
“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” Charles Warner
Over the last three years, I've reduced my possessions to only those things that will fit inside one suitcase and one hand luggage bag. My wife and I decided to pursue extreme decluttering, in order to make a lifestyle of long-term travel more practical.
Decluttering was easy at first, but got harder the more extreme I took it. My possessions were not just serving practical needs, but emotional ones too. I had to work out how to address those needs before I could get rid of my stuff. Decluttering also forced me to acknowledge mistakes I had made in the past— mistakes I preferred to avoid thinking about.
Overall, extreme decluttering has been a fantastic learning process. I feel much freer because of it. I think that you can benefit in a similar way by decluttering, even if you don't want to reduce your stuff in such an extreme way as I did.
Previous episodes on Minimalism Going Paperless part 1 and part 2 Episode on Inventory Home Inventory app GoodReads If This Then That Evernote Apple Photos
214 From Drama To EmpowermentJul 21, 2015 27:30
Description:In this episode, special guest Hannah Braime talks about how to free yourself from a life of drama and move to a life of empowerment. Hannah is a coach, author, and host of Becoming Who You Are.
We discuss some powerful concepts from the field of psychology that Hannah uses in her coaching. She explains how easy it is to get stuck playing a series of roles in your life— acting out a script written by someone else. These roles are all too familiar: "the victim", "the persecutor" and "the rescuer". Hannah explains how to empower yourself to leave such roles behind and live life according to your own plans. I really enjoyed the discussion and I think you will find it both interesting and helpful.
Becoming Who You Are Videos about The Drama Triangle Joseph Campbell Transactional Analysis Games People Play by Eric Berne Karpman Drama Triangle The Power of TED by David Emerald
213 Logic And The Courage To Follow ItJul 14, 2015 28:46
Description:Here is how you reach true conclusions about any question in life: start with undeniable premises and use valid logic. Logic— used in reasoned argument— is the universal, impartial method that humans have for finding the truth together peacefully. Yet very few people use logic consistently. I discuss some reasons why it is so hard to be logically consistent. The most important reason is that it takes courage to follow an argument to its logical conclusion, especially if the conclusion is not accepted by the majority of people around you. If you want to think for yourself, you need more than just valid logic— you also have to have the courage to follow it.
Ad Populum Fallacy If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt & Heidi White The Right To Ignore The State by Herbert Spencer Why I Don't Vote by George Carlin Murray Rothbard Hans-Hermann Hoppe
212 Science And RationalityJul 7, 2015 29:16
Description:In the last episode I suggested two key challenges to resolve if you want to think for yourself:
How do you tell truth from falsehood? How do you know what you can be certain of? This episode is about how the scientific method can help address the first of these challenges: determining truth. I provide a summary of the philosophy of science and the rules for deciding whether a theory qualifies as scientific.
However, there is a huge problem with the philosophy of science when it comes to addressing the challenge of certainty. The scientific method—as defined by leading philosophers of science—is self-contradictory. It's not even an accurate representation of what practicing scientists do (which is why scientists tend to ignore philosophers and just get on with it). In the episode, I explain how rationality is the necessary foundation of science—more fundamental even than empiricism—and how it provides the certainty that makes the scientific method possible.
Karl Popper This Lecture by Hans-Hermann Hoppe about the philosophy of science provides a deeper discussion of many ideas covered in this episode with reference to economics. Image Source: Bruno Gilli/ESO
211 Introduction To Truth And CertaintyJul 1, 2015 09:56
Description:You can't be free unless you can think for yourself. If someone else is doing your thinking for you, then it's not your life that you are living.
When you know how to think of yourself, you cannot be controlled or manipulated. Your life is truly in your hands and is up to you what you do with it.
This episode is part one of a new series on how to think for yourself. The episode introduces the two biggest problems you have to overcome if you want to think for yourself:
How can you tell truth from falsehood? How do you know what you can be certain of?
210 Tax Strategies And Financial Freedom Part 2Jun 22, 2015 31:14
Description:This episode is part two of an interview with Joshua Sheats, host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast. Joshua shares his insights on tax strategies for those pursuing financial freedom. In part one of the interview (last week's episode), we covered tax strategies for employees. In this episode, we discuss tax strategies for entrepreneurs. Joshua describes his own experience developing a lifestyle business and the tax advantages that this provides.
Radical Personal Finance Podcast As always, it's up to you what you do with your money. I'm not a financial advisor and you will need to do your own research.
209 Tax Strategies And Financial Freedom Part 1Jun 14, 2015 41:45
Description:Tax is the biggest expense category for most people. It is crucial for everyone interested in financial freedom to understand tax and develop a tax strategy. Yet many of the leading books on financial independence hardly mention tax. In this interview, Joshua Sheats provides a wealth of insights on this topic.
Joshua trained as a financial planner and now runs the Radical Personal Finance podcast. In part one of the interview (this episode), Joshua discusses tax strategies for employees. In part two (next week), we discuss tax strategies for entrepreneurs.
Radical Personal Finance Podcast Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley IRA and Roth IRA Mad Fientist Go Curry Cracker Laurence Kotlikoff As always, it's up to you what you do with your money. I'm not a financial advisor and you will need to do your own research.
208 Creating Purpose, Structure, And Community Outside A JobJun 9, 2015 12:49
Description:If you want to quit your job to pursue a more freedom-oriented lifestyle (such as entrepreneurship), there are many challenges to overcome. Some challenges are practical, such as replacing the job income that you no longer have. This episode is about the psychological challenges. Even an unfulfilling job has a psychological "pull" that is easy to take for granted because it provides:
A sense of purpose Structure for your life A ready-made community Part of the fear that many people feel about quitting their jobs relates to losing the sense of purpose, structure, and community that comes from a job. To live job-free, you have to create your own sense of purpose, your own structure for life, and your own community. You can hear more about this topic in the podcast episode.
E136 Your Purpose In Life E101 How To Dream Big E185 How To Set Meaningful Goals All Previous Episodes On Productivity (for creating structure) E139 How To Build A Network
207 Who Will Buy Your Business?Jun 3, 2015 15:26
Description:If you are an entrepreneur, you might want to sell your business one day (or at least have that option). There are many issues to tackle in order to make selling a real possibility. For one thing, you need to identify a potential buyer.
This podcast episode provides an overview of the two main groups of potential buyers: strategic and financial. I suggest some issues to consider when looking for each kind of buyer and I explain why I would always prefer a strategic buyer.
Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham
206 Luck In BusinessMay 25, 2015 17:09
Description:Are successful entrepreneurs just "lucky"? This episode is about the role of luck in business. Here are some of the ideas discussed:
The main job of the entrepreneur is to minimise chance and uncertainty. "Luck" is not the basis of success, it is the enemy. People confuse the success or failure of a business idea with the success or failure of an entrepreneur's career—they are not the same thing. Successful entrepreneurs have many failures behind them. A business is not static. It is not a matter of chance whether it succeeds or fails. You can adapt and change everything about your business as you go, and thereby improve your chance of success with every step. There will always be influences that are entirely outside your control. But even those things outside your control can be managed and adapted to.
205 The Most Powerful Planning Tool I KnowMay 18, 2015 19:17
Description:This episode is about the most powerful tool that I know for planning anything. A process map is a tool for visualising a workflow. It's also called a workflow map or a network diagram—there are many different names for this tool.
It's a way of clarifying exactly what has to happen to in order for you to get all the way from where you are now, to your final goal. The map shows the dependencies between all inputs, processes, and outputs. This identifies the logic of all the work ahead of you.
You don't need to be involved in project management to benefit from creating workflow maps. Visualising your workflows can help you achieve your goals in any aspect of life. However, a workflow diagram is also the basis of many useful project management tools, like a PERT Chart or Gantt chart. If you want to get more into project management, you can use this tool to identify the critical path and critical chain.
TVL Episode 120 Eight Tools That Will Free Your Mind The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two InShort Diagramming App (Mac)
204 Making Sense of Frugality and MinimalismMay 11, 2015 25:00
Description:This episode is about making sense of two important concepts: frugality and minimalism. Frugality means to be economical or sparing with regard to money, but this definition prompts the question: what are the criteria for deciding if a choice is economical? Similarly, the definition of minimalism (to own the minimum amount of possessions) also prompts a question: what are the criteria for deciding what the minimum is?
Both these ideas only make sense if they are defined in relation to your goals and purpose in life. Using examples from entrepreneurship, I suggest ways to define frugality and minimalism in relation to your goals.
TVL Episode 136: Your Purpose In Life TVL Episode 116 (for discussion of the 4% rule) The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Eliyahu M. by Goldratt
203 Early Retirement and HousesittingMay 4, 2015 34:57
Description:In this interview, Sarah tells her early retirement story and talks about life after quitting the rat race. We discuss why she has chosen housesitting both as a lifestyle choice and as a great financial benefit. She discusses the pros and cons of housesitting and provides some advice for people thinking about making the jump to early retirement.
Honoring My Compass
202 Self-DeceptionApr 26, 2015 20:43
Description:In order to gain self-knowledge, you have to reduce the gap between what you think about yourself and reality. Although this is often an uncomfortable process, the truth is always liberating. In this episode, I share two theories from social psychology about why we sometimes lie to ourselves and fool ourselves, as well as suggestions for overcoming these tendencies. I describe some of my own approaches to overcoming self-deception by getting objective data about my life.
Trivers' Theory of Self-Deception The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker The Dunning-Kruger Effect TVL E200 Quantified Self TVL Episode The Unexamined Business Is Not Worth Building
201 Tools And Systems for Independent LearningApr 7, 2015 23:13
Description:Jake shares his own tools and systems for independent learning. These are the hacks for proactive learning, rather than being an uncritical consumer of ideas. Topics covered include:
Making objectives for your learning and capturing them in Evernote Coping with the information firehose Filtering your search for learning materials using reading lists and subject tagging in Pocket app. Capturing learning resources in databases using apps like Calibre and Evernote Effective note taking with mind maps, highlights and written notes Critical thinking Habits to support learning Automating parts of your learning system Show Notes:
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamantis Evernote app Jeffrey Tucker interview Pocket App Mind Mapping, Mindmaps and Mind Maps: Tutorials, Information and How-tos iThoughts Mindmapping App Voicedream app Drafts app Calibre app IFTTT GoodReads How to Effectively Read and Implement Books TVL 178 Upgrading Habits
200 Quantified SelfMar 31, 2015 17:19
Description:This episode is about using technology to automatically collect and analyse data about your life. I share some examples of my own automated tracking of health and productivity data. I'm using various apps to analyse the data in the background and compile all the results into an automated, objective journal. It's getting easier all the time to quantify your life with minimal effort. Doing so can give you objective data and meaningful analysis about whatever matters to you. This can help you to live a more conscious and fulfilled life.
Quantified Self Fitbit One by Fitbit Timing App (mac) RescueTime ifttt.com GiftttDy Day One Journal App Applescript Keyboard Maestro
199 Car FreeMar 24, 2015 17:31
Description:Is owning a car really worth it? This episode is about the financial and lifestyle benefits of deliberately choosing not to own a car (I'm in my early 40s and I've never owned one). Topics covered include:
Why owning a car is often a waste of money The health and lifestyle benefits of living car free, especially walking and cycling Alternatives to car ownership including car clubs, peer-to-peer transport (e.g. Uber and Lyft), public transport The problem of car dependency and why it exists Challenges of not owning a car Suggestions for how to live car free Show Notes:
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl TVL E74 City Air Will Make You Free Walking 10,000 steps per day
198 Removing Trivial Decisions From LifeMar 16, 2015 12:37
Description:We are all subject to a psychological process called decision fatigue: every choice you make depletes your willpower and lowers your ability to self-regulate. This is true for trivial decisions as well as life changing ones. By designing trivial decisions out of your life, you can retain decision making capability for the things that really matter to you. In this episode I share some of my own experiences with avoiding decision fatigue and explain why I think minimalism is a great way to help you focus on the things that really matter.
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Article: Decision Fatigue Exhausts Self-Regulatory Resources But So Does Accommodating to Unchosen Alternatives Image Credit: mylerdude
197 Resisting ConformityMar 8, 2015 01:02:02
Description:Brett Veinotte is an educator and host of School Sucks Podcast. This episode is an interesting discussion with Brett about the power of conformity and how to resist it. Topics covered include:
How conformity to "normal" spending habits prevents people achieving financial independence Solomon Asch's conformity experiments and what we can learn from them How conformity can alter your perception The importance of allies in resisting conformity The role of privacy in reducing conformity The danger of conforming to a subculture (and still being a conformist) How exposure to different views can increase your independence of thought Show Notes:
School Sucks Podcast School Sucks Facebook Group Solomon Asch Conformity Experiments Opinions and Social Pressure by Solomon Asch Stanley Milgram's Obedience Experiments Berns' study of conformity The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden Doug Stanhope on Nationalism
196 Self Knowledge and EntrepreneurshipMar 2, 2015 50:01
Description:In this episode, I interview life coach and author Hannah Braime (my lovely wife) about the relationship between self knowledge and entrepreneurship. Hannah is the host of the personal development website Becoming Who You Are. As a coach she helps people to develop their self knowledge and live a more authentic, fulfilling life. She is the organiser of an upcoming online symposium, The Entrepreneur's Inner World. Topics we cover include:
The role of self knowledge in entrepreneurship Key themes that came up when Hannah interviewed 24 entrepreneurs The benefits of entrepreneurship for personal growth Show Notes
Becoming Who You Are The Entrepreneur's Inner World Symposium The Ultimate Guide to Journaling by Hannah Braime (free sample chapter here) Anything You Want by Derek Sivers Ep. 142 Extraordinary Time: An Interview With Augusto Pinaud Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less by Cameron Herald The VIA Survey (Online Strengths Questionnaire) The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner by Jake Desyllas
195 Technomadia InterviewFeb 23, 2015 37:25
Description:Cherie and Chris live on a converted vintage bus that they have packed with technology. They call themselves technomads (technology-enabled nomads). The bus has a solar electric system, lithium ion batteries, a mobile internet setup, and lots of other fun gadgets. Cherie & Chris work online whilst travelling and visiting new places. In this interview they share their inspiring story, including both the highlights and the downsides of life on the road.
Show Notes: Technomadia Website
194 Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe DominguezFeb 16, 2015 21:29
Description:This episode is a review of the classic personal finance book Your Money or Your Life. Topics covered include:
The inspiring story of the author Joe Dominguez—an early retiree who devoted his life to promoting financial independence for everyone An overview of the 9 steps to financial independence suggested in the book Strengths of the book, especially its focus on actionable steps that you can take to change your life Weaknesses of the book, especially regarding the discussion of investment. Show Notes:
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
193 Cashing In On The American Dream By Paul TerhorstFeb 9, 2015 16:58
Description:This episode is a review of the book Cashing in on the American Dream: How to Retire at 35 by Paul Terhorst. Paul and his wife Vicky have been living the early retirement lifestyle successfully for the last 30 years, as perpetual travellers. This book was written back in the 1980s and was one of the first books to suggest a strategy for financial independence.
The book is aimed towards employees (rather than entrepreneurs) and especially people in well-paid jobs. Paul discusses how to tackle the challenges of quitting a lucrative career and radically changing your lifestyle. His strategy is an early example of the extreme saving approach that I discussed in my presentation on four ways to quit the rat race.
The investment suggestions in the book are out of date now and all the numbers have to be doubled for inflation, however it still contains a lot of useful ideas that will be of interest to anyone aiming for financial independence.
Cashing in on the American Dream: How to Retire at 35 by Paul Terhorst Paul and Vicky's Website Article about Paul Terhorst now Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race presentation
192 TV Is Obsolete: How To Upgrade Your Media DietFeb 3, 2015 20:56
Description:I got rid of my TV about 15 years ago and I have never regretted it. In this episode, I provide suggestions for how to upgrade your media diet using far better sources than broadcast media. Here's a summary of the system that I adopted for my media diet:
I got rid of my TV (and radio and newspapers too). I did this because vegging out in from of the TV was an addictive path of least resistance for media consumption. I didn't want my choice of what to watch to be limited to what TV channels would broadcast. I actively collect things to watch later from the internet, from streaming services and social media. Everything goes into my media queue. This is very easy to do with capture tools like pocket, instapaper, WatchLater app and Evernote. I also collect things to listen to later and read later in the same way. I tag everything in my media queue with my own tags, so that I know why I have collected each media item. These tags allow me to organise my media queue by projects I am doing, topics I am interesed in, or just different moods I am in. When I want to watch something, I look at my tag lists and make a conscious decision about what to watch. Having a media queue helps me be more discerning about what media I consume. I end up deleting many of the videos before watching them because they don't seem interesting after all. I highly recommend trying life without a TV. Show Notes:
Business Insider Article on TV use TVL Episode 120: Eight Tools That Will Free Your Mind Pocket App Instapaper App WatchLater App Evernote Voice Dream App Photo Credit: jason a. cina
191 Task ManagementJan 27, 2015 22:03
Description:Whatever you want to get done in life, a task management app is the most valuable productivity tool that I can recommend to help you. In this episode, I explain what a task management app is and outline why it is so useful. I provide examples of how I use a task management app to help reach my goals, as well as some tips for power users. Topics covered include:
Origins of task management apps and some current examples The benefits of a task management app over simple "to do" lists. The inefficiency of switching tasks and the value of focussed work How to use an app to create well-defined tasks that are easier to complete The power of filtering your commitments by context The value of checklists and how a task manager can store them creating your own "perspectives" on tasks The most valuable feature to look for in a task management app: filtering by availability Show Notes:
Omnifocus App by Omnigroup Things App by Cultured Code The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
190 Out Of The Box Interview: Minimalism, Financial Freedom, And More! With Rosie TranJan 20, 2015 01:00:08
Description:Comedian Rosie Tran interviews entrepreneur, financial freedom advocate, and author of Becoming an Entrepreneur, Jake Desyllas. They discuss the psychology behind financial freedom and the baggage that many people have associated with money, the importance of being on the same page as your significant other, and why less is always more! Great tips on breaking out of the employee mindset and becoming a free thinker!
Out Of The Box Podcast
189 Envy: A Theory Of Social Behaviour By Helmut SchoekJan 12, 2015 23:56
Description:Why are "haters gonna hate"? This episode is a review of a fascinating book called Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour by Helmut Schoek. Here are some of ideas that are discussed in the review:
What envy is and how it differs from jealousy or a desire to emulate The key feature of envy being strongest where status differences are small Why envy exists in every society and why it could never be completely eliminated Why envy is camouflaged The link between envy and irrational thinking Schoeck's theory of why envy exists and how it might have some positive role (as well as being highly destructive) You can cure yourself of envious feelings by turning it into creativity instead of destructiveness Why you must never let haters stop you from doing something wonderful Show Notes:
Envy: A Theory Of Social Behaviour By Helmut Schoeck
188 Financial Independence Part 4: RelationshipsJan 5, 2015 20:21
Description:This episode is about how personal relationships can either be the most important source of support in achieving financial independence, or the biggest hinderance. Topics covered include:
Romantic relationships Friends and neighbours Family Show Notes:
E166 Retired at 33: Interview with Justin from Root of Good E164 We Plan To Retire At 30: Interview with Mike and Lauren The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley E162 Spend Little, Save More, Travel the World: Interview with Go Curry Cracker E147 Rosie Tran Interview: Financial Freedom and Personal Development Trading Up: Why Consumers Want New Luxury Goods by Silverstein and Fiske The Overspent American by Juliet Schor E171 From Million Dollar House To Tiny Home: Interview With Jacki Rigoni 118 Decluttering And Community Selling: Interview with Jorja Leavitt Financial Independence From Parents Image Credit: Charlie Foster
187 How To Read More Than 50 Books A YearDec 28, 2014 34:08
Description:This week's show is a discussion with my lovely wife Hannah Braime about how to read more than 50 books per year (Hannah reads over 100 per year!). Hannah is a life coach and the host of the website Becoming Who You Are. In the episode we talk about why reading matters and share all the hacks we know for getting more reading done.
Becoming Who You Are How many books can you read in a lifetime? from Cosmos by Carl Sagan Calibre free e-book library management application Voice Dream iOS App Kindle Highlight Feature MacJournal GoodReads Drafts iOS app Evernote
186 Natural Project PlanningDec 22, 2014 20:53
Description:As an entrepreneur, I wanted to learn more about the project planning because I needed to delegate and collaborate with others. I now see project planning as integral to getting things done in all areas of life. This episode is my own take on an approach called the natural planning model. These are the three minimal steps I use in planning every project:
Naming the outcome Identifying the next action Reviewing each project regularly If I am stuck on a project, the more detailed planning I do includes:
Mindmaps Creating a project documentation template in Evernote Writing down more details about the purpose and mission to clarify this for myself Journaling and brainstorming Identifying project components and milestones Scheduling and programming tasks in a task management app (I use Omnifocus) Show Notes:
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen Omnifocus Evernote Image: Kamil Lehmann
185 How To Set Meaningful Goals For The Year AheadDec 13, 2014 17:40
Description:For many years I wanted to set meaningful goals for the year ahead, but struggled with the process. I never knew quite where to start and I often felt like I was just making goals up, without any real emotional connection to them. Consequently, I wasn't really committed to my goals and I found the whole process of making annual goals frustrating. I often gave up and didn't bother with the whole thing.
Over time, I've developed a method of setting annual goals as part of my overall productivity systems. Now that I have a method, I find setting and meeting goals much easier and, best of all, the goal-setting process has many other benefits, regardless of whether I meet a goal. In this episode I explain my method of goal setting. Here is a very short overview of the steps:
Divide up your life into all your Areas Of Responsibility. I have 15 of them with names like Finances, Health, Relationship, Friends, Writing, Podcasting etc. Make a page for each Area Of Responsibility. I use Evernote, but use whatever works for you. On each AOR page, work out what this aspect of your life means to you. I do this using Mindmaps, unstructured journalling, and some structured writing (details are in the podcast). Add a section to each AOR page where you write down all your specific aims: what you want to change, implement, improve, or enhance about this aspect of your life. For inspiration, review your vision board for each AOR (If you don't know about vision boards see "> episode 101 on How To Dream Big). Put all your list of aims together and read through to get an overview of everything you want from all aspects of your life. From your list, choose 4 or 5 Big Hairy Audacious Goals for the year ahead—whatever you feel most emotionally committed to. I also choose some Less Hairy goals for the year ahead too. Set yourself a reminder to review your list of goals regularly throughout the year (at least quarterly). Tick off the goals as you reach them. Celebrate reaching your goals. Be supportive to yourself- if you only got to 70% of an original goal at year-end, celebrate the 70% win too. Rinse and repeat at the end of the year. Show Notes:
Episode 101 How To Dream Big Getting Things Done by David Allen The Simple Way To Achieve Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals by Hannah Braime Photo Credit: kmillard92 cc
184 Becoming An Entrepreneur: IntroductionDec 8, 2014 14:05
Description:This week's episode is an excerpt from the audiobook edition of my book, Becoming an Entrepreneur. If you prefer reading, you can get the ebook and paperback editions on Amazon. The paperback edition is the perfect christmas gift to encourage your friends to become entrepreneurs!
Audiobook on Audible.com Audiobook on Audible.co.uk E-book, paperback, or audiobook on Amazon.com E-book, paperback, or audiobook on Amazon.co.uk
183 Financial Independence Part 3: Buy Status Symbols or Buy Your FreedomNov 30, 2014 21:33
Description:This episode is about the main barrier to financial independence: consuming for status instead of investing for wealth. You have a choice: you can either buy status symbols or your can buy financial freedom, but not both. Topics covered in the episode include:
Why everything you think about "the rich" is probably wrong How most high income people blow their chance at financial independence How you can buy financial freedom instead of getting caught in the culture of capital consumption Show Notes:
Stop Acting Rich by Thomas Stanley Image Credit: Jonas Nilsson Lee
182 Financial Independence Part 2: Make, Save, InvestNov 28, 2014 21:57
Description:There are many different routes to financial independence. In past episodes I've interviewed people who have achieved financial independence through extreme saving as a salaried employee. My own route was through entrepreneurship—growing and selling a business. Whichever route you take, you need a strategy to address common challenges. There are three core questions that your plan needs to address:
How do you plan to make good money? How do you plan to save a huge amount of what you make? How do you plan to invest what you have saved? In this episode I suggest important things to consider for each of these three components of your plan. As always with money topics, you will need to do your own research. I'm not a financial advisor.
Show Notes: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne Image: Sylwia Bartyzel
181 Financial Independence Part 1: What You Need To Know About Your MoneyNov 17, 2014 21:39
Description:Understanding your personal finances is crucial if you want to achieve financial independence and gain more freedom in your life. Most people don't learn anything useful about personal finances growing up and are not taught about it in school (I certainly wasn't). It took me a long time to work out what I really need to know about my personal finances. I hope that by sharing what I've learned, I can help you acquire financial literacy faster than I did. This podcast episode covers the three most important things that you need to get in place immediately:
Tracking and categorising of all your expenditure and income Calculating and tracking your net worth Using a budget to stay on track with your financial goals In the episode I provide an overview of these three topics and explain how you can use personal finance software to help automate the process of tracking them. As always, you are responsible for your money and you will need to do your own research. I am not a financial advisor.
ibank for mac Mint The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley Image credit Tracy O via Compfight cc
180 A Fearless Inventory Of Your StuffNov 9, 2014 15:04
Description:We're selling our apartment, selling all our stuff, and leaving England behind to travel the world indefinitely. This means taking minimalism to the next level, since we'll only take with us those few possessions that will fit into two bags that we can fly with. To help with the task of getting rid of so much, I've created an inventory of everything that I own. This is a useful tool that I first heard about from the blog Man Vs Debt and read about in Your Money or Your Life.
I'm convinced that making an inventory of all your stuff can benefit everyone, not just those who plan to sell it all as we do. In this podcast episode, I explain some of the advantages of making an inventory of your stuff. An inventory can help you-
get an overview of what you own (most people have lost track of all the stuff they have accumulated) identify the value of your possessions, as part of calculating your net worth. develop a more conscious ownership of your stuff, so that you can get rid of all the clutter that you are not using. make money by selling what you don't need. I used a dedicated application called Home Inventory to create my inventory. In the podcast I suggest some of the useful things you can do if you use a database or dedicated inventory app.
Episode 133 Going Minimalist All Previous Episodes on Minimalism Pictures of Every Single Item We Own by Adam Baker (Man Vs Debt) Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicky Rubin Home Inventory App for Mac
179 Automation FTWNov 3, 2014 23:25
Description:Everyone knows that to succeed as an entrepreneur (and just to be productive) you have to learn to delegate. However, in this episode I make the case for why it's preferable to automate a task rather than delegate it, when possible. I provide some examples of how I use automation to help my own productivity, such as:
Text expansion (automated reuse of blocks of standard text) using TextExpander File manipulation (automating your own procedures for naming, changing and filing documents using Hazel Dictation and transcription using Dragon Dictate and Siri Scripting using AppleScript, Automator and Keyboard maestro for mac. I also provide links to some resources that I use for learning about automation:
Mac Power Users podcast Screencasts Online (tutorials for mac software) Show Notes: Episode 108: Three Ways To Delegate
178 Upgrading HabitsOct 26, 2014 25:24
Description:This episode covers everything I've learned about upgrading my habits to improve my life. Here's a brief summary of the points covered:
Habits are the most important demonstration of your character: you are what you do repetitively. By consciously upgrading your habits, you have an opportunity to implement your vision of who you want to be, in your day-to-day life. Habits are powerful because steady persistence always beats the mad dash. Habits dramatically reduce the amount of willpower and brainpower required to get things done. Once you have implemented a habit and can do it on autopilot, you conserve willpower and brainpower, helping you get more done. Habits are easiest to adopt when they are simple to understand, when you minimise any friction at the start of the action, when there are clear environmental triggers that tell your unconscious to start the habit, and when you have feedback (rewards) for completion. I recommend the use of a habit tracking app like lift.do. In the podcast, I provide some examples of habits that I am currently working on and describe how I use this app to help me implement them. The episode covers the best books to read more about habits (listed in the show notes below) and I talk about many of the tips that I've gathered from these resources. Show Notes:
Previous episodes on productivity Interview with Augusto Pinaud Lift Habit Tracking App Interview with Lift CEO Tony Stubblebine The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind) edited by Jocelyn K. Glei Photo credit: Todd Quackenbush
177 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises Part 2Oct 18, 2014 14:34
Description:Why is there a lot of resentment towards entrepreneurs among intellectuals, white collar workers, extended members of successful business families, and artists? This episode is Part 2 of a discussion of "The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality" by Ludwig Von Mises. In this episode, I explain Mises' own theories about resentment towards entrepreneurs from specific groups.
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises (free ebook)
Becoming An Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas
176 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality by Ludwig Von Mises Part 1Oct 11, 2014 14:06
175 The Culture of EntrepreneurshipOct 4, 2014 11:14
Description:In this podcast episode, I outline the mindset that is most conducive to becoming a successful entrepreneur. This mindset is the culture of entrepreneurship. I provide a contrast with the culture of politics, to show what's special about the culture of entrepreneurship.
Show Notes: Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner
174 Fail-Safe Investing Part 2Sep 25, 2014 21:14
Description:This is part 2 of my review of Harry Browne's book Fail-Safe Investing. It contains a discussion of the rest of Harry Browne's rules for financial safety:
Rule #11: Create a bulletproof portfolio for protection.
Rule #12: Speculate only with money you can afford to lose.
Rule #13: Keep some assets outside the country in which you live.
Rule #14: Use tax reduction accounts.
Rule #15: Enjoy yourself with a budget for pleasure.
Rule #16: When in doubt, err on the side of safety.
Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne Episode 173: Fail-Safe Investing Part 1 Episode on Financial Preparedness (discussion of the different economic conditions) Permanent Portfolio Historical Returns As always, it's up to you what you do with your money. I'm not a financial advisor and you will need to do your own research.
173 Fail-Safe Investing Part 1Sep 25, 2014 16:04
Description:This episode is the first in a two part review of my favourite investment book, Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne. In this episode I discuss the background to this investing approach and provide an overview of Harry's top 10 rules of financial safety:
Rule #1: Your career provides your wealth.
Rule #2: Don't assume you can replace your wealth.
Rule #3: Recognize the difference between investing and speculating.
Rule #4: No one can predict the future.
Rule #5: No one can move you in and out of investments consistently with precise and profitable timing.
Rule #6: No trading system will work as well in the future as it did in the past.
Rule #7: Don't use leverage.
Rule #8: Don't let anyone make your decisions.
Rule #9: Don't ever do anything you don't understand.
Rule #10: Don't depend on any one investment, institution, or person for your safety
Show Notes: Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne As always, it's up to you what you do with your money. I'm not a financial advisor and you will need to do your own research.
172 Personal Finances Vs Other Personal Development GoalsSep 15, 2014 13:33
Description:There are many aspects of life that you can work to improve, in order to create the life you want. In this episode, I make the case for prioritising your personal finances, before focussing on other personal development goals.
171 From Million Dollar House To Tiny HomeSep 4, 2014 36:47
Description:This episode is an interview with Jacki Rigoni, who blogs at Post-Consumer Life. Jacki and her husband realised that their million dollar house was really just a million dollars of mortgage debt which they would have to work like crazy to pay off until the age of 75. So they decided to sell the house, get rid of the debt, buy a plot of land, build their own tiny home, and live off-grid. Listen to the episode to hear Jacki describe her inspiring story.
170 Asset Protection and InternationalizationSep 1, 2014 00
Description:This episode is an interview with Bobby Casey, founder of Global Wealth Protection and many other internationalization businesses. Bobby talks about his own background as an entrepreneur, how he became interested in the internationalisation field, and his life as a perpetual traveler. He explains some of the key ideas of asset protection, such as the role of offshore trusts and companies. He also discusses the opportunities for establishing residency in different countries for tax benefits, as a place to live and in some cases to gain a second citizenship.
169 Two Crucial QuestionsAug 24, 2014 11:00
Description:An episode about two inter-related questions that are crucial to your happiness in life:
How will you achieve financial security and/or independence? How will you find fulfilment? It's your responsibility to find your own answers to these questions, repeatedly throughout your life. Nobody can answer them for you. This episode provides some suggestions about how to think about these questions, to help you develop a more conscious strategy to address them.
Show Notes: Episode 124 Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink
168 Win-Win Negotiation Part 3: Resolving DisputesAug 18, 2014 13:44
Description:This episode is about the most powerful technique I know for overcoming deadlock in negotiations and resolving disputes, both in business and in personal relationships. The technique involves a very straightforward concept that everyone understands, but it is often ignored or usually only tried when it is already too late.
Show Notes: Episode 144 Win-Win Negotiation Part 1: Communication Episode 145 Win-Win Negotiation Part 2: Strength and Value
167 The Permanent PortfolioAug 8, 2014 01:29:39
Description:Joshua Sheats invited me onto the Radical Personal Finance podcast to discuss the Permanent Portfolio investment strategy for individual private investors. In this episode we talk about many aspects of the PP strategy including:
my own reasons for choosing this investment strategy the design of the portfolio the philosophy behind the approach strengths and weaknesses of the PP Show Notes:
Radical Personal Finance Episode 30 Recordings of Harry Browne’s investing radio shows Permanent Portfolio discussion forum “Wild About Harry” – article by William Bernstein about the Permanent Portfolio Fail Safe Investing by Harry Browne The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne’s Long-Term Investment Strategy by Craig Rowland and JM Lawson As always regarding investment, do your own research. I am not a financial advisor and this isn't advice, it's my own experience and opinions. My intention is to encourage you to think for yourself.
166 Retired at 33: Interview with Justin from Root of GoodJul 30, 2014 58:57
Description:Justin retired at the age of 33. He writes about his journey to financial independence on his blog Root of Good. In this interview, he discusses his path to financial independence from intensive saving. Topics covered include:
Saving all salary increases and avoiding lifestyle inflation Cost-effective housing, transport and food choices The importance of having agreement with your spouse towards your financial goals Children and financial independence Show Notes
Root of Good
165 The Positive Power of EntrepreneurshipJul 24, 2014 36:36
Description:Joshua from Radical Personal Finance Podcast invited me on his show to talk about entrepreneurship. We talked about learning entrepreneurial skills, voluntary versus compulsory education, the importance of selling in life, the ethical nature of business, and the positive power of entrepreneurship.
Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race Presentation Radical Personal Finance Podcast Becoming an Entrepreneur
164 We Plan To Retire At 30Jul 17, 2014 25:39
Description:Mike and Lauren have average-income jobs, no big inheritance or bonuses, and they plan to retire at the age of 30. They share all the facts about their journey to financial independence on their youtube channel. In this interview, they talk about the practicalities of intensive saving, the challenges of making unconventional life choices, and their dream to sail around the world.
Mike and Lauren's website Get Rich Slowly Early Retirement Extreme
163 Thinking Like An Entrepreneur: Discussion With Jeffrey TuckerJul 10, 2014 25:58
Jeffrey Tucker interviews Jake Desyllas about his book Becoming an Entrepreneur. They discuss how to think like an entrepreneur and the amazing potential of entrepreneurship, both for personal growth and for a better world. Jeffrey is the founder and Chief Liberty Officer of Liberty.me, Distinguished Fellow of FEE, head of LFB.org, and founder of CryptoCurrencyCon.com.
Show Notes:Liberty.me Becoming an Entrepreneur on Amazon.com Becoming an Entrepreneur on Amazon.co.uk
162 Spend Little, Save More, Travel the WorldJul 5, 2014 36:31
This episode is an interview with Jeremy and Winnie, authors of the blog Go Curry Cracker. In the interview, Jeremy and Winnie share their inspiring journey to financial independence through intensive saving. They describe the lifestyle choices that enabled them to retire early in their 30s and travel the world.
161 Review of Built To Sell by John WarrillowJun 26, 2014 12:10
This episode is a review of the book Built to Sell by John Warrillow. The book is about how to sell a business, including how to transform your business to make it sellable.
In this review, I discuss a central idea of the book: productising your services so that the business can work without you (the entrepreneur). I compare this with Michael Gerber's idea of creating a "franchise prototype" and the idea in my own book of "making yourself redundant" using proceduralisation and standardisation.
160 Choice Conversations Interview: Financial Freedom and MoreJun 21, 2014 01:03:36
Description:This episode is a conversation I had with Chris Stefanick on his podcast Choice Conversations. We planned to talk about financial freedom, but ended up covering many topics including childhood influences, entrepreneurship, different approaches to investment, and much more!
Choice Conversations Podcast Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race Presentation
159 Life Without PoliticsJun 15, 2014 17:30
A podcast episode about the potential of life and society without politics.
158 Entrepreneurship is Embarrassing And That's OKJun 7, 2014 17:06
157 How To Go Paperless Part 2May 30, 2014 10:29
156 How To Unleash Your Creative ThinkingMay 24, 2014 15:01
This podcast episode presents a range of techniques to support your creative thinking. Some of the techniques covered are outlined below:The focussed journalling technique called extraordinary time is great for thinking creatively about challenges in life. Another productive method of focussed journalling is the use of regular creative review questions for supporting ongoing creative thinking. The practice of noting and reviewing someday/maybe projects nurtures your dreams and helps you turn them into plans. Affirmations help you to be the best version of yourself by reminding yourself of what you have committed to do and who you are committed to be. Various other techniques are presented in the podcast, many of which come from the creative review part of the weekly review in GTD (Getting Things Done).
Show NotesEpisode on Mental Decluttering Episode on How To Stay On Top With A Weekly Review Episode on Extraordinary Time Other Previous Episodes on productivity Getting Things Done by David Allen Photo Credit: mortimer? via Compfight cc
155 Review of A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton MalkielMay 16, 2014 26:35
This week's podcast episode is a discussion of Burton Malkiel's famous investment book "A Random Walk Down Wall Street". Malkiel's key point is that stock market prices are inherently unpredictable. He further argues that investment advisor techniques such as technical analysis and fundamental analysis cannot be used to reliably beat market averages. In light of this, he recommends the alternative approach of passive investment.
In the podcast, I summarise the contents of the book, discuss the main arguments, outline some criticisms, and suggest other books and ideas that may be of interest.
154 How To Stay On Top With A Weekly ReviewMay 9, 2014 15:47
This episode is about a technique for staying on top of all your commitments known as the weekly review. It helps you get a handle on all your commitments, decide what you want and don't want to do with your time and maintain all aspects of your life in working order. The idea for this technique comes from the Getting Things Done approach to personal productivity, but you can adapt it to your own purposes even if you don't practice GTD. Topics covered in the episode include:The three parts to a weekly review: a clear review (discussed in the episode mental decluttering), a current review (this episode) and a creative review (future episode). The value of identifying areas of responsibility in your life and reviewing them each week How to get an overview of all live projects, including urgency and importance The review of each live project and the importance of identifying next actions. The use of agendas and waiting lists for all the people in your life The Calendar review and weekly plan of tasks and decisions
Show Notes:Episode on Mental Decluttering Other Previous Episodes on productivity Getting Things Done by David Allen Photo Credit: Thomas Frost Jensen via Compfight cc
153 Your Own Moral Compass Part 3May 4, 2014 34:48
Part three in a series on developing your own independent moral compass. Here is a summary of the ideas covered:Moral behaviour evolved as an evolutionary adaptation to gain the advantages of the division of labour that come from peaceful cooperation. The act of peaceful communication logically contains and implies the criteria for moral rules. There are four rules for avoiding conflict over scarce resources that are valid according to the criteria of universality, logical coherence and non-contradiction by behaviour. The rules are inherent in the nature of peaceful communication and can't be argued against without self-contradiction. Rule 1: Each individual has exclusive control of his or her own physical body. Rule 2: The exclusive control of a previously unowned scarce resource belongs to the first person to "homestead" the resource. Rule 3: The exclusive control of a newly produced scarce object belongs to the person to created the object (as long as they owned the component resources that they made it from). Rule 4: Justly acquired control over scarce resources can be given away or traded by voluntary agreement. These four rules together comprise the non-aggression principle.
Protecting yourself from straightforward aggression is a practical matter. Protecting yourself from aggression that is disguised with bogus moral justifications is more complex: you need your own moral compass to avoid confusion. The purpose of this series has been to outline the principles necessary to reconstruct valid moral rules for yourself, so that you are not duped by bogus moral justifications.
Show Notes:The Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans-Hermann Hoppe Photo Credit: chrisotruro via Compfight cc
152 Your Own Moral Compass Part 2Apr 26, 2014 16:45
Part two in a series on developing your own independent moral compass. Four criteria are outlined that can be used to assess whether any law or rule of behaviour is moral. The criteria discussed are:Enables conflict avoidance regarding scarce resources Universal Logically coherent Actions always speak louder than words (any rule can't involve a so-called performative contradiction)
151 Your Own Moral CompassApr 18, 2014 17:10
An episode about developing your own independent moral compass. Topics covered:The huge influence of morality and moral arguments. Examples of different approaches to morality. The real purpose of shared moral rules. The benefits of developing your own moral compass.
150 Becoming an EntrepreneurApr 15, 2014 21:19
An episode about my new book Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner. Topics covered include:First reviews of the book from readers. What the book is about and why I wrote it. The process of writing and self-publishing, including my struggles along the way. My experiment in crowdsourcing feedback with "beta-readers" from TVL listeners. Future plans.
Show Notes:Get the book on Amazon.com Get the book on Amazon.co.uk Cover design by Will Moyer
149 Career Breaks and TravelApr 5, 2014 27:40
Pete Blacow has taken two career breaks to travel the world. In this episode he shares his experience of long-term travel and taking time out from working. Topics covered include the practical issues of taking a career break, the pros and cons of long-term travel, and Pete's recommendations for anyone interested in travelling the world.
148 Mental DeclutteringMar 31, 2014 21:48
This episode is about freeing your mind by decluttering all your mental baggage on a regular basis. Topic covered include:The benefits of going on an information and media diet The importance of having a trusted system for how to declutter your mind and control the information buildup around you. The role of a weekly clear-out, as part of a weekly review Applying the "inbox-zero" approach beyond email to digital inboxes, physical inboxes, social inboxes, and life in general.
Show NotesGetting Things Done by David Allen Inbox Zero talk by Merlin Mann
147 Financial Freedom and Personal DevelopmentMar 20, 2014 01:02:08
Comedian Rosie Tran (@FunnyRosie) interviews financial freedom advocate, investor, and host of The Voluntary Life Podcast, Jake Desyllas (@jakedesyllas). They discuss the various ways to escape the rat race. Jake talks about the different techniques he has discovered, including unjobbing, extreme saving, business ownership, investing, and more. Also, in depth discussion on the importance of personal and self development in the process of financial freedom.
146 Living In MexicoMar 14, 2014 33:30
This episode is an interview that I did with Kevin Koskella from Freedom Lovin podcast. Kevin and I talk about expat life in Mexico: the pros, cons and experiences.
145 Win-Win Negotiation Part 2: Strength and ValueMar 9, 2014 15:32
Description:Part 2 in a series on win-win negotiation. This episode explains the process of principled negotiation and answers two key questions for any negotiation:
What determines your negotiating strength? How do you create value in a negotiation? Show Notes
Getting to Yes by Fischer and Ury Episode 144 Win-Win Negotiation Part 1: Communication Episode on Negotiation from 2012 Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement Dovetailing in negotiations
144 Win-Win Negotiation Part 1: CommunicationFeb 27, 2014 14:49
Description:Part 1 of a series on win-win negotiation. This episode covers communication as an integral part of negotiation. Jake highlights some useful techniques from psychology to help you communicate productively in negotiations.
Getting to Yes by Fischer and Ury Active Listening Games People Play by Eric Berne I-Messages
143 Breaking From Your Parents: Interview With Daniel MacklerFeb 8, 2014 01:00:13
An interview with Daniel Mackler about his new book Breaking From Your Parents. Daniel talks about why he chose to tackle this taboo subject, based on his own personal experience and that of many others. The interview was recorded in January 2014, and the book has since been released.
Show Notes:Breaking from Your Parents ebook by Daniel Mackler Psychological Freedom: An Interview With Daniel Mackler Daniel's website Wild Truth (http://wildtruth.net) Daniel's videos on confronting your parents Part 1 and part 2
142 Extraordinary TimeFeb 2, 2014 41:18
An interview with Augusto Pinaud about the concept of Extrodinary Time. Augusto is the author of 10 books including 25 Tips for Productivity. In this episode he explains his technique of devoting dedicated time to working on extraordinary challenges. He provides inspiring suggestions for how to push yourself beyond the comfort zone of doing good work and get to truly great work.
141 No More Waiting For The Epic FairyJan 31, 2014 10:43
"Most people think that they need to be tapped on the shoulder by the Epic Fairy if they ever hope to be epic, or if they're ever going to have the audacity to do something truly epic. But it's not true. Want to be epic? Just do epic shit. There's nothing else to it." Johnny Truant
An episode about ideas to help you make a habit of doing epic things.
New About Page and new video: Four Ways To Quit The Rat RaceJan 31, 2014
Description:Here's a quick update about two new resources. I've finally put an About Page on the website, do check it out at http://www.thevoluntarylife.com/p/about.html Also, the video of my talk from Libertopia 2013 is now available:
The audio of this talk was released as Episode 124 in the podcast feed.
Here are links mentioned in the video:
Michael Fogler's book Un-Jobbing
Linda Breen Pierce's book Choosing Simplicity
Your Money or Your Life
Amy Dacyczyn's book The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Early Retirement Extreme blog and book
Mr Money Moustache
Introduction to the Permanent Portfolio
Smart Passive Income
Tim Ferriss' blog and book The 4-Hour Workweek
Derek Sivers' book Anything You Want
Podcast Episode 124
140 A World Of EntrepreneursJan 18, 2014 08:35
This episode provides some thoughts on common objections to entrepreneurship. Topics covered include:The myth of an entrepreneur "personality type". Entrepreneurship as a personal development programme that can benefit anyone The possibility of a world where everyone is an entrepreneur
139 How To Build Your NetworkJan 7, 2014 14:33
This episode is about how to develop and strengthen your network of business contacts. The ideas discussed are also relevant for friendships. Topic covered include:Following Through on Commitments Responding in Time Making Introductions Referrals and Recommendations Acts of Kindness and Helpfulness
Show Notes:Getting Things Done by David Allen Inbox Zero talk by Merlin Mann How The World's Top Relationship Builder Makes Introductions Referrals 50 Ways to Show Gratitude for the People in Your Life How (Small) Heroic Acts of Kindness Will Grow Your Business
Photo Credit: Paul Watson
138 Open-Source Money Part 2Dec 27, 2013 30:42
Part two of an in-depth discussion (recorded in 2013) about Bitcoin with Stephanie Murphy, co-host of Let's Talk Bitcoin. Topics covered include:The skewed ownership of Bitcoin: is it a problem? Bitcoin and holding assets outside your own country More on Bitcoin vs Gold Bitcoin price volatility: experiences and techniques for planning around it Bitshares and other advanced possibilities with Bitcoin Show Notes:
Fr33 Aid Charity 927 People Own Half Of All Bitcoins Researchers Retract Claim Of Link Between Alleged Silk Road Mastermind And Founder Of Bitcoin FBI is global stakeholder in cryptocurrency, currently owns largest bitcoin wallet Bitshares White Paper The future of Bitcoin: new applications and rebuilding the banking system (presentation by Mike Hearn)
137 Open-Source Money Part 1: All About BitcoinDec 21, 2013 43:12
An interview with Stephanie Murphy (recorded in 2013) looking in-depth at Bitcoin. Stephanie is co-host of the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast. Topics covered in the interview include:An overview of what has happened to Bitcoin in 2013 Bitcoin as open-source money Does it matter that Bitcoin is "not backed by anything"? Deflationary currency: are people "hoarding" bitcoins, or simply "saving" with them?
If you would like to donate a bitcoin tip to The Voluntary Life, the address is 1HVwpbwsYsj7Tndsj6NTQ9BYPdEZATAePW
Show Notes:Episode 109: Getting Started With Bitcoin Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast Porc Therapy podcast Open Source Seizure of Silk Road by FBI The Streisand Effect Termites eat through $65,000 worth of Chinese woman's savings Video about the Valcambi CombiBar of Gold
136 Your Purpose In LifeDec 15, 2013 18:43
This episode is about identifying your purpose in life. Topics covered include:The concept of Horizons of Focus used in David Allen's "Getting Things Done" How to manifest your life's purpose in every action that you do. Identifying and addressing gaps in your integrity Identifying the level of integrity shown by other people in your life.
Show Notes:Getting Things Done by David Allen Episode 101: How To Dream Big (about visions and goals) All previous episodes on productivity
135 How Much Is Enough?Dec 6, 2013 12:44
This episode is about financial freedom and asking oneself the question "how much is enough?"
134 Employee ConditioningNov 26, 2013 16:51
The biggest challenge to becoming an entrepreneur is overcoming your conditioning. It's never been a better time to start your own business, yet we are all conditioned to think like worker drones. This episode is about how to break your employee conditioning.
133 Going MinimalistNov 15, 2013 15:17
Description:An update on my experience of going minimalist. Topics covered:
The benefits of minimalism How it feels getting rid of stuff The downside of minimalism? Some suggestions for going minimalist Show Notes
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
132 Perpetual Travellers Part 4: Interview With Andrew HendersonNov 4, 2013 27:06
Andrew is the founder and host of the Nomad Capitalist website and radio show. In this interview he describes his life as an expat entrepreneur, including:travels through South East Asia Becoming a nomad capitalist different opportunities for investment abroad Diversification: do you need it? Dealing with the practicalities of doing business on the road perpetual travel: the good and the bad
131 Perpetual Travellers Part 3: Interview with David KahnOct 27, 2013 37:14
David is an entrepreneur and perpetual traveller. He is the founder of a successful technology consultancy and has been travelling around the world with his family for many years. In this episode he shares his experience of perpetual travel and entrepreneurship, including:The idea that got David and his wife travelling. The influence that The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber had on him How David turned an IT consultancy into a passive income business Experiences of living in Argentina, Spain and Thailand The benefits of minimalism and travel The psychological rewards of travel: learning to live more freely and operating without the rulebook you were given. The challenges of travel and how they are part of the experience
130 Perpetual Travellers Part 2: Interview With Pete SiscoOct 26, 2013 39:47
Show Notes:Pete's website and blog The Freedom App book
129 Perpetual Travellers Part 1: An Interview With Kevin KoskellaOct 13, 2013 39:10
An interview with Kevin Koskella, host of the Freedom Lovin' blog and podcast. Kevin talks about his life as a perpetual traveller. He explains his approach to funding a digital nomad lifestyle with online passive income businesses and shares some of the best and worst experiences of his permanent travel life!
128 Be More Expansive Than Your Expertise: Interview With Elliott HulseOct 9, 2013 30:37
This episode is an interview with strength trainer and youtube personality Elliott Hulse. In the interview Elliot talks about his approach to getting freedom by creating a non-job. Topics covered include:Growing up rebellious What it means to have a non job Sharing your ideas, even though you suck at first How to finance the early days of your non job Perseverance What to do if there is not much demand for what you are passionate about Being more expansive than your expertise
Show NotesElliott's Youtube channel and Facebook Page Campaign For Non Jobs Website Previous TVL episodes on Unjobbing
127 Porc Therapy Interview: Quitting The Rat Race- In Depth!Sep 30, 2013 57:54
Stephanie Murphy interviews Jake Desyllas on the Porc Therapy podcast. We talk about different strategies to escape the rat race, including unjobbing, intensive saving, passive income businesses and selling a business. The discussion focusses on some questions about pursuing financial freedom, including:What is financial freedom? College- is it worth it? Does having kids make financial freedom impossible? How does becoming a stay-at-home parent fit into the idea of quitting the rat race? Is "voluntary poverty" a viable strategy for financial freedom? Do you have to be a sleaze to start a passive income business? What's the role of Bitcoin in an investment strategy like the Permanent Portfolio? Why doesn't the Permanent Portfolio contain silver? How do intensive savers do it?
Show Notes:Episode 124 (Original Talk on Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race) Harry Browne's book on the Permanent Portfolio Early Retirement Extreme blog and book Mr Money Moustache
126 School Sucks Interview: Tools For A Freed Mind and A Voluntary LifeSep 22, 2013 01:11:30
This episode is a recent interview about Getting Things Done that I did on the School Sucks Podcast. The discussion is with Brett Veinotte and here is his summary:
"This is the sixth and final (for now) installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Jake Desyllas joins me to discuss his experience with GTD, and to share his Eight Tools For A Freed Mind."
125 Q&A on Four Ways To Quit The Rat RaceSep 14, 2013 14:22
The Question and Answer session from my talk about Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race. See Episode 124 for the main talk.
124 Four Ways To Quit The Rat RaceSep 9, 2013 33:27
Audio from a presentation given at the 2013 Libertopia conference. The talk explains how I quit the rat race aged 38 and what I have learned about different ways that other people have found to do so. There are four basic ways to quit the rat race presented in the talk:Unjobbing Intensive Saving Passive Income Selling A Business
Show Notes:Michael Fogler's book Un-Jobbing Linda Breen Pierce's book Choosing Simplicity Elliot Hulse Your Money or Your Life Amy Dacyczyn's book The Complete Tightwad Gazette Early Retirement Extreme blog and book Mr Money Moustache Introduction to the Permanent Portfolio Smart Passive Income Tim Ferriss' blog and book The 4-Hour Workweek Laura Roeder Derek Sivers' book Anything You Want
123 Work Ethic: Good or Bad?Sep 1, 2013 34:29
122 Conscious EntrepreneurshipAug 25, 2013 13:02
An episode about making conscious choices as an entrepreneur.
121 The Big Decisions for EntrepreneursAug 17, 2013 15:46
Entrepreneurs have to make hundreds of decisions about their businesses every day. It is easy to lose sight of which decisions are the really big ones- the ones that have huge repercussions. The big decisions are also an opportunity to express your individuality and creativity as an entrepreneur: to make a conscious choice about the purpose and design of your business. This podcast provides an overview of what the big decisions are:1. Choosing your own goals and motives
Why am I an entrepreneur? What is my own motivation? What do I want? How do my motives for being an entrepreneur fit in with my vision for my life? I have found that being conscious about my own motivation is key to ensuring that I can gain fulfilment from being in business.2. Choosing the purpose of the business
Why does my business exist? What's the purpose of the business? Deciding on a clear purpose for your business gives coherence to all your actions and decision. For me, that comes down to identifying what this business is going to do to provide value to others and make other people's lives better.3 Choosing business partners
Am I going into business with others, or alone. Why? This choice has huge ramifications and it is extremely useful to be very conscious of why you are making any choices with regard to cofounders.4. Choosing how to finance the venture
Why do I want funding? What am I going to do with it? It's easy to assume you need as much money as possible to start, but you have many choices as to how to approach financing the venture.5. Choosing how to sell
How am I going to make money? Why will customers give me money? There is an interplay in this decision, as we all learn from customers as we come to understand their reasons for buying.6. Choosing the design of your operation
How are we going to organise the work? Why are we working in this way? There is often a temptation to recreate the processes from your last job, however being a business owner gives you the opportunity to consciously design the workflow of your business.7. Choosing your approach to profit
How much profit do I aim to make? How am I going to do it?8. Choosing your approach to growth
How big do I want this business to be, and why? It's easy to assume that you want growth, but bigger means more complex.9. Choosing how you will exit
How do you plan to exit the business? Everyone has to exit someday. Many entrepreneurs want to sell, but even those who don't will have to plan for some kind of exit, either through a succession plan or simply ceasing to trade one day.
120 Eight Tools That Will Free Your MindAug 8, 2013 20:53
This episode provides an overview of eight tools that can free your mind and massively boost your productivity. One of the things that makes us human is our ability to extend the power of our minds with tools. The tools are only effective when combined with the right habits (repetitive behaviours). Be sure to look up and learn more about the productivity habits mentioned with each tool.1. A Concentration Timer
Your mind is not free if you are distracted and interrupted all the time. A concentration timer is a simple tool that helps your mind focus for short bursts of concentration and then give your brain rest periods. A concentration timer is just a stopwatch with an alarm. Examples include a stopwatch app or a simple kitchen timer. The habit needed to make the most of this tool is to forgo multi-tasking, take regular breaks, and protect your concentration when working by managing interruptions. To learn more about the best practice habits for using a concentration timer read about The Pomodoro Technique.2. A Journal
Writing is an amazing ability unique to humans. Getting your thoughts out of your head by writing them down gives your mind far more freedom to explore them and view them objectively. A journal can simply be a pen and paper, or a dedicated physical journal, a digital journalling app like Macjournal or web based journalling service like 750 Words. Use a password protected journal app (or a lockable one if paper-based) to give your mind full freedom to express anything. The habit required to make the most of a journal is to maintain regular journalling every day. Read more about journalling in The Ultimate Guide to Journaling.3. A Ubiquitous Capture Tool
A ubiquitous capture tool or mobile thought and information capture tool gives you the opportunity to have potentially useful ideas anywhere but still allows you to get on with your day (and not have to remember everything). Examples of a capture tool can be a simple pen and paper, a Hipster PDA, a note taking app like Drafts or Evernote, even the voice memo or camera feature of your phone. Read more about capture tools in Getting Things Done by David Allen.4. A "Stuff Funnel"
A stuff funnel is a system of discrete inboxes to funnel new information into one location where it can be processed. All kinds of stuff shows up in your life (letters, emails, receipts, manuals, downloaded files etc) and clogs your mind. In order to mentally 'process' the stuff and identify what you want to do with it, you need a complete set of inboxes. Since most people have both a physical inbox and various digital inboxes (email inbox, download folder, task manager inbox etc), you can think of the full set of your inboxes as a funnel for information coming into your life. The habit needed to make good use of this tool is to make sure you put all the stuff that comes into your life into a designated in-box that is part of your funnel and clear the funnel regularly (empty all the in-boxes). Read more about processing stuff in Getting Things Done by David Allen.5. A Task Management Tool
A task management app is a tool to organise and work with all your "to-do" items, projects, goals and other task management information. If you don't use a tool for this, these to do items remain constantly on your mind, taking up mental effort. At the simplest level, a pen and some paper can serve as a task management tool. Various software apps can also be used, such as Things, Omnifocus and Evernote. These tools are only effective when combined with the habit of organising all your project and task information in the tool and working with it daily.6. A Reference Material Store
A reference material store allows you to put information that you might need in future in a safe place, freeing your mind to forget about it. A filing cabinet is a physical example and Evernote is a digital example. The habit needed to make use of this tool is ensuring that you put all the information you might need into your reference store.7. A Mind Mapping Tool
Mind maps free you to be conscious of all the intuitive connections that your mind can make. They are bubble and stick diagrams of your thoughts and their connections. A mind mapping tool can be as simple as a pen and paper, or a specific application like iThoughs HD. It can take some time to develop the habit of doing mind maps and allowing yourself to make those intuitive connections, but it is well worth it.8. A Media Queue System
A media queue system is a set of tools to allow you to save media to consume later, so you can avoid being distracted when someone sends you a link. You might see an interesting article online and use a tool like instapaper to save it to read later. Similarly youtube has a watch later feature and Amazon allows you to make wish lists for things you may buy later.
119 How To Develop Your Wealth Plan: An Interview With Todd TressiderJul 31, 2013 40:36
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This episode is an interview with Todd Tressider, founder of financialmentor.com. Todd founded Financial Mentor to educate business owners and investors about the wealth building principles he learned from years as an entrepreneur in the investment management industry. In the interview, Todd outlines his definition of financial freedom and discusses the hurdles you need to overcome if you want to achieve it. He talks about the importance of developing your own wealth plan and identifies some of the key requirements necessary for your plan to be successful. As always regarding investment, do your own research. I am not a financial advisor.
118 Decluttering And Community Selling: Interview with Jorja LeavittJul 26, 2013 30:15
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This episode is an interview with Jorja Leavitt, founder of Sharetown.com. Jorja is an entrepreneur and mother of four, living in Las Vegas. In the interview, she shares her experiences of moving to a minimalist lifestyle. She talks about the freedom that she has found from decluttering and selling unnecessary stuff. She highlights the great opportunities to trade at a community level, using social media platforms such as Facebook.
Sharetown Facebook App
Article on selling all your stuff by Never Ending Voyage
117 Freedom Lovin' Interview: Living The Voluntary LifeJul 18, 2013 16:46
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This episode is an interview of me by Kevin at Freedom Lovin' Podcast. Here's Kevin's summary:
"In this episode of the Freedom Lovin’ Podcast, I chat with Jake from The Voluntary Life about finding freedom in an unfree world. Here’s what we covered:
What does freedom mean? Why entrepreneurship is important Living in Mexico Minimalism/going paperless Tips on becoming more free in your life Podcast Episode
116 Why Your Gym Membership Is 300 Times More Expensive Than You ThinkJul 18, 2013 10:01
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This episode provides a mind blowing way of thinking about the true cost of your monthly expenses. If you are interested in achieving financial freedom, then it makes sense to look at each monthly recurring expense as really costing you 300 times more. For example, a gym membership that costs £80 per month really costs £24,000 (in dollars, a $120 monthly gym membership really costs $36,000). The episode explains this perspective in more detail. In summary:
You have financial freedom when you don't have to work to support yourself. Therefore, if you want to be financially free, you have to think of paying for things from the interest on your passive investments. Although there is a lot of debate about the numbers, the most widely used assumption is that you can live from 4% of your portfolio (the so called 4% rule). This assumes that on average your portfolio will make enough to cover for both inflation and you drawing down 4% (I personally think it's better to use 3% to be on the safe side, but let's use the most commonly used assumption to illustrate the point). The 4% rule implies that you need a net worth that is 25 times your annual expenses to be financially free. To apply that to monthly expenses, simply multiply the 25 by 12 (for 12 months) and you need investments that are 300 times your recurring monthly expenses. So any monthly expense really requires 300 times more in capital to pay for it when financially free. This is why for the £80 per month gym membership, you need £24,000 in capital saved to pay that membership when financially free. That figure (£24,000) is more than the annul expenses of most people in the UK. This is why frugality and saving is so powerful as a way to get more financial freedom. It is more powerful to save expenses than to keep increasing your income because more income won't make you more free unless you control expenses. I'm not a financial advisor and as always, you need to do your own research. I think this perspective is useful and it has been very helpful to me. That's why I won't be getting a gym membership again anytime soon. There are plenty of free ways of getting good exercise! Further Reading:
Mr Money Moustache article about the 4% Rule
Retiring Sooner: How to Accelerate Your Financial Independence by Darrow Kirkpatrick
The 4% Rule and Safe Withdrawal Rates In Retirement by Todd Tressider
115 How To Go PaperlessJul 6, 2013 17:31
Description:This episode is about how to go paperless and what the benefits are. Topics covered include:
How accumulating paper limits your flexibility and freedom Simple steps to reduce the paper you accumulate such as using e-billing and e-books. Ways to minimise the paper books you own, such as selling them as soon as you have read them Key tools for digitizing your paper and going paperless: a multipage scanner (such as the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i), a shredder and Evernote Keeping labelling and metadata simple: the three key attributes of date, location and person/organisation Options about where to store digital data: secure encrypted drives vs services like Evernote What to scan and what to simply delete. A good site for more tips about going paperless is DocumentSnap Podcast Episode
114 Nomad Capitalist Report InterviewJun 26, 2013 21:51
Description:This episode is a recent interview I did on the Nomad Capitalist Report radio show. The interview is by Andrew Henderson and here's his summary:
"Live from Mexico, Jake Desyllas of The Voluntary Life podcast talks entrepreneurship and freedom. He shares tips to building a location independent business, being a global entrepreneur, and prospering anywhere in the world. He shares suggestions from his jet-setting life, talks about the best countries in South America, and dispels myths about Mexico “they” don’t want you to know."
113 Freedom From Your StuffJun 22, 2013 13:19
Description:An episode about freedom from stuff. Topics covered include:
What I learned living from a backpack for 7+ months Why owning stuff is not wealth The hidden financial and psychological costs of owning stuff How your stuff can control you The goal of purposeful ownership Strategies for minimalism: paperless, zero data and selling all your crap
112 What Business Should I Start? Part 2: Finding PurposeJun 14, 2013 09:39
Description:An episode about finding and clarifying the purpose of your business. Why does your business exist? Topics covered include:
The limits of "Mission Statements" The benefits of a really short elevator pitch for your business' purpose: encapsulating it all in just 3 words It can often take a long time to move from intuitive to fully conscious business purpose. Don't worry, you can get going and discover it on the way Three things to think about to clarify your purpose: What will inspire you? What will inspire others? What do you have the capability to deliver?
Episode 107 (Part 1 of What Kind of Business Should I Start?)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
Making It All Work by David Allen
111 Money, Risk and Motivation in EntrepreneurshipJun 6, 2013 13:29
Description:An episode about the financial risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and what they mean for your motivation in starting a business. Here's some harsh data about the financial risks and rewards:
More than half of startups cease trading within the first five years. Entrepreneurs on average earn significantly less income over 10 years than they would have earned in paid employment. There are debates about the numbers but one study (Hamilton) suggests a 35% earnings differential. Entrepreneurs on average don’t earn a better return on their investment by founding startups than they would have by investing in publicly traded stocks (in fact they earn less from a risk return perspective). Nevertheless, the majority of affluent people are self-made entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs make-up less than 20% of the workforce in America, but account for 66% of the millionaires. Of the millionaire entrepreneurs, 80% of them are self-made: they are first generation wealth holders (Stanley).
What are we to make of such statistics? I argue that the high financial risk (and potentially high reward) make it even more important to do entrepreneurship for intrinsic motivations:
Purpose: building a business because you want to make a dent on the universe and you believe that what you are doing will make peoples' lives better. Autonomy: being an entrepreneur because it gives you freedom to live and work as you want to (not as someone else thinks you should) Mastery: overcoming the challenges of learning how to build a business is rewarding in itself.
The episode ends with a discussion of the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivations for making money itself. The intrinsic motivation to make money is for the freedom (financial freedom) that it gives you.
"Start Up Failure Rates: The Definitive Numbers" By Scott Shane “What Do Small Businesses Do?” Erik Hurst and Benjamin Wild Pugsley "Does Entrepreneurship Pay? An Empirical Analysis of the Returns of Self-Employment" by Barton H. Hamilton, 2000 "The Returns to Entrepreneurial Investment: A Private Equity Premium Puzzle?" By Tobias J. Moskowitz and Annette Vissing Jørgense The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
110 Who To Start A Business WithMay 30, 2013 15:50
Description:This episode is about things to consider when choosing co-founders to go into business with. Topics covered include:
Do you need co-founders? The advantages of choosing co-founders who are different to yourself (in background, skills, personality, and business networks) The importance of shared core values and purpose for co-founders Research by Noam Wasserman shows that teams made from former co-workers are the most stable. Teams made from former strangers are the second most stable of the three groups Wasserman analysed. Teams made from friends and family are the least stable.
The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
109 Getting Started With BitcoinMay 25, 2013 52:52
Description:An interview with Stephanie Murphy, co-host of the show Let's Talk Bitcoin, about getting started with using Bitcoin. Topics covered include:
What is Bitcoin? How Stephanie first got involved with using Bitcoin Exchanges and exchange services: changing fiat currency into and out of Bitcoin Software, wallets and technical issues Security issues Buying things with Bitcoin Selling your services and products for Bitcoin
Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast
Porc Therapy podcast
Fr33 Aid charity
We Use Coins (intro video about bitcoin)
108 Three Ways To DelegateMay 16, 2013 12:47
Description:This episode is about three approaches to delegating work within your business. No business can grow unless the founder is able to delegate work to a wider team of people. It's essential that tasks are properly delegated and that the business owner doesn't abdicate responsibility. However, there are three very different ways to delegate:
The Operations Manual Approach is where detailed standards and procedures are defined for how all tasks are to be undertaken. Work is typically undertaken by relatively inexperienced employees, who learn to follow detailed specifications. The Results Only Work Environment is where employees are given clear targets or results to meet and it is up to them how they do so. They create their own work procedures and have maximum freedom on issues like whether to work at home. The Outsourcing Approach is where work is delegated to independent contractors or virtual assistants. Fixed costs are kept low by avoiding hiring employees as much as possible. Work is typically outsourced on a specific fee-for-project basis.
The episode explores the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches.
Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Maverick by Ricardo Semler
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne
107 What Kind of Business Should I Start?May 10, 2013 10:41
Description:If you want to become an entrepreneur but are not sure what kind of business you would like to start, what framework can you use to help you decide? There are two things to consider that will provide you with a strong advantage:
1. Starting a business to create a solution that you will be a customer for
This is sometimes called "eating your own dog-food". To be successful, all businesses have to deliver value to customers: they have to make something that people want. If you use the product or service that your company makes, it helps you understand whether it is providing value.
2. Starting a business in an industry that you understand
Industry experience provides valuable knowledge about the opportunities and constraints that your business will face. Some examples of industry knowledge are:
knowing where your potential customers shop understanding why they buy knowing how potential distributors or affiliates work understanding what the major concerns of key contacts for your business are
If you don't make something that you yourself would be a customer for and you don't have a good understanding of the industry, you are flying blind. Try to develop a business where you have at least one of these two advantages. Also, try to increase your awareness of the aspect that is missing.
106 Self-Employed Vs Business OwnerMay 4, 2013 14:37
Description:This episode is about the pros and cons of being self-employed vs being a business owner. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, but mixing the two does not work well.
In the self-employed/freelancer model, you sell your time, cover your own expenses and keep all profit. This works best when you have a valuable skill and lots of industry contacts, as you are able to undercut bigger companies on price but keep your overheads low. If it works, you get the advantage of a lot of flexibility to work or take time off. The disadvantage is that you are dependent on work for income, so there is much less financial freedom in the long term. You don't build up value in business itself (nobody wants to buy a job) and it can be hard to keep your overheads low for longer (as you may need to start investing in marketing, new equipment etc). So it's a vulnerable model over the long term.
The business owner model is the idea to create a value generating machine. The focus here is on developing standards and procedures to make yourself (the founder) unnecessary to the running of the business as quickly as possible. The advantage of this model is that you create an income stream and a source of value (the business itself) that you can sell in the future, or live from as passive income. This has the potential for much greater financial freedom as well as the freedom to step away from the work in the longer term. The disadvantage is that you have more risk in the initial period, as businesses take more investment. You also get much less free time in the initial period, as the startup phase of a business is more stressful than freelance work.
Either model can give you a lot of benefits, but be careful not to get stuck between these two models- you can end up with all the stress and none of the benefits. If that happens, it isn't creating a business, it's creating a job (and the worst kind of job, because you can't stop doing it). I hope this podcast will help you be conscious of which model you are adopting and to move more clearly to one or the other if you are currently stuck in-between.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
104 How To Diversify Your InvestmentsApr 20, 2013 15:58
Description:This episode is about how to diversify your investments for lower risk and higher return. The issues covered include:
The problems with a simple "buy and hold" approach, whereby you invest all your money in your one favorite asset (be that stocks, gold or anything else). The problems with the "market timing" approach to investing and why it doesn't work. The benefits of diversifying your portfolio How to properly diversify your portfolio by using different asset classes, rather than just different securities. How to use rebalancing bands to harvest volatility, increase your return and reduce risk. You can get more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio discussed in this episode in Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing" and in many of the previous Voluntary Life podcast episodes on investing.
As always regarding investment, do your own research. I am not an advisor and this isn't advice of any kind, it's just my own opinions based on my experience.
103 Everything You Need To Make Long Term Travel EasyApr 11, 2013 13:19
Description:It has never been easier to live and work abroad. If you are self-employed and work online there is nothing to stop you. Why nor sublet your apartment for a few months and live abroad in a fascinating (and potentially cheap) destination? Here is a list of all the things that make long term travel super easy:
Have your home post rerouted to friend (or commercial service) who scans it into a Dropbox account for you. If a friend does it, buy them a multi-page scanner for this. Get a professional agent to manage the sublet of your apartment back home AirBnB for renting longer term accommodation (especially for whole apartments) TripAdvisor for short term hotel stays Cloud services for file storage (e.g. dropbox, google drive) Clound services for backup (e.g. Crashplan or Backblaze) A small scanner app on your smartphone for scanning any paper you need to keep (receipts etc) when abroad Get your online banking set up for all the transaction types you will need to do Get your Credit/Debit cards set for use abroad A password manager (e.g. LastPass, 1Password) for your online passwords An E reader (e.g. a kindle, iPad) to enable you to read as many books as you want while you are away A lightweight laptop for your work A Smartphone with a nice camera for taking pictures and getting online An external encrypted drive for local storage/backup International plugs for all your devices Please do post your own ideas for things that make long term travel easy in the comments.
101 How To Dream BigMar 30, 2013 18:48
100 Entrepreneurship Part 16: Limited Liability Is Not A Magic ShieldMar 20, 2013 15:49
Description:This episode is about the concept of limited liability and it's role in entrepreneurship.
The purpose of the limited liability principle is not to protect the entrepreneur as director or manager of a business, it is for the protection of investors. There is a big difference between this principle and how the actual law of limited liability works in practice. The law is messy and confusing, with strange concepts such as "corporate personhood" granted by the State. I argue that the principle of limited liability for investors could be implemented through contracts and that the whole messy legal implementation that we currently have is unnecessary to achieve investor protection. I argue that it makes sense for entrepreneurs to use contractual limits of liability wherever possible and to use insurance whenever you need to reduce risk in that way. The reality for small business entrepreneurs is that you will not be able to hide behind a shield of limited liability, for example you will be expected to personally underwrite loans. These are just my opinions. As always, you need to rely on your own due diligence and get your own legal advice.
99 Taking Risks With Money And BusinessMar 9, 2013 14:12
Description:This episode discusses the question of risk in investment, speculation and entrepreneurship. When is it a good idea to take risk and when isn't it? I share my own personal opinion.
98 Entrepreneurship Part 15: Scaling Your BusinessFeb 26, 2013 17:45
Description:An episode on how to scale and optimise your business to make more profit and enhance your competitive advantage. The issues covered include:
Standardisation: making one version of what you do Proceduralisation: making one version of how you do it Optimisation: speeding up and automating your procedures Knowledge Capture: maintaining and growing your operation within the context of staff coming and going Optimising at the level of the whole business: only doing the things that it makes sense to do
97 Entrepreneurship Part 14: Employing PeopleFeb 19, 2013 30:51
This episode is about employing people as an entrepreneur. Topics covered include:
The destructive legacy of the reward and punishment paradigm from school Why pay isn't as important as you think The importance purpose, mastery and autonomy in motivation The problem with relying on interviews for hiring and alternative ways of finding great people The value of freelancers or independent contractors What employing people teaches you about taking responsibility for your side of a relationship and how it deepens your respect for individuality
Dan Pink Talk on Motivation
Discipline Without Punishment by Dick Grote
Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers
96 Entrepreneurship Part 13: IP Is Bad For BusinessFeb 12, 2013 23:58
Description:An episode about the problems with Intellectual Property, from the perspective of an entrepreneur. I started off thinking that IP is an integral and necessary part of entrepreneurship. I thought that it would be very important for my business. I have now come to see IP law as something that:
prevents innovation, is immoral, promotes conflict, diverts resources to unproductive uses and is ultimately unnecessary for making money from ideas.
Against Intellectual Monopoly by Boldrin and Levine
Article about the Shopping Cart case
Against Intellectual Property by Kinsella
95 Judd Weiss on Business Relationships Part 2Feb 5, 2013 25:36
94 Judd Weiss On Business Relationships Part 1Feb 4, 2013 20:12
Description:Part 1 of an interview with entrepreneur Judd Weiss, talking about business relationships. In this episode Judd shares his thoughts and experiences about how he approaches working relationships in general and what he thinks about the question of going into business with others.
Should friends go into business together? What makes a good business partnership? Why do so many business partnerships go so badly wrong? Find out in this episode.
93 About The Voluntary Life Part 2: EmpowermentJan 24, 2013 14:36
Description:Part 2 in the short series of podcasts about The Voluntary Life. This episode is all about the podcast itself.
The podcast comes out once per week and is a mix of solo-casts and interviews. Some topics are covered in more detail as a series, like the entrepreneurship series. The aim of the podcast is personal freedom empowerment: providing ideas for finding the maximum freedom in your own life, within an unfree world. The podcast always takes a constructive approach: the angle on any topic is- what can you do to maximise your freedom in this area of life? All the topics are about things that are actionable and personally relevant at an individual level. The podcast aims to explore the approach of living a free and voluntary life across all aspects of life (work, personal relationships, finances etc). We showcase examples of voluntary living through interviews with people who have maximised their freedom in a particular aspects of life. I'd love to hear your thoughts about what the opportunities are for expanding the show in the future. I'm interested in developing opportunities for listeners to connect with one another and create more of a community, perhaps online or perhaps with physical meet ups. I look forward to your thoughts!
92 About The Voluntary Life Part 1: More Free Is More AliveJan 18, 2013 13:50
Description:The first in a series of podcasts introducing The Voluntary Life, both as a concept and as a podcast. This episode explains the concept of living a 'voluntary life', which is a life lived according to the principle of free choice. The extent to which we have the freedom to make our own choices about our lives (and to respect the free choices of others) is the extent to which we are leading the voluntary life. This concept applies across aspects of life, as diverse as freedom at work, financial freedom, freedom in personal relationships and psychological freedom.
The following principles underpin the concept of living a voluntary life:
Voluntary living is the highest expression of individuation possible. The deepest experience of being alive comes from our ability to express our personality and individuality in our free choices. The more free you are, the more alive you are. Voluntary living is the only truly moral way to live. A voluntary life is one lived in accordance with the Non-Agression Principle, which is the fundamental moral framework from which all valid morality is derived. Voluntary interaction is responsible for all the greatest achievements of humanity. Peaceful co-operation of individuals through trade and entrepreneurship has given us all the enlightenment, technological progress, economic development and civilisation (in the best sense of the word) that we now enjoy. The voluntary life must start from the individual and his or her own choices. You have to be the change you want to see in the world. This is why the show is called "the voluntary life" and not "the voluntary society". Podcast Episode
91 Entrepreneurship Part 12: JFDIJan 11, 2013 18:44
Description:A podcast about how to overcome indecision, paralysis and procrastination about entrepreneurship and JFDI (Just Fucking Do It). There are some objective hinderances to creating and running a business, especially if you have other major commitments in your life that you need to focus on first. However, often the battle is really an internal psychological one. How do you get into the mindset of being able to JFDI? This episode contains some suggestions about giving yourself permission:
Permission to fail Permission to be imperfect Permission to piss people off Permission to succeed
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
90 Rational Optimism Vs Doom PornJan 1, 2013 16:53
88 Why I Feared The Free MarketDec 24, 2012 17:34
Description:Some thoughts on what it is that frightens people about the free market, based on my own experience of what frightened me. The fear of the market is often expressed in very abstract arguments about whether free markets would really work (if we had them) and what their relationship is to poverty etc. However, at an individual level, I believe people fear markets because of how vulnerable you can feel when taking part in voluntary exchange:
Trade on the free market involves selling to others. This opens you up to the potential for rejection and failure, which can be scary. The division of labour involves choosing to specialise in some skill or area of work that might one day become obsolete, which can feel vulnerable. It also involves taking responsibility for specific outcomes- the buck stops with you- which challenges any defences against the fear of responsibility. Respect for private property rights involves looking after your stuff and respecting other people's stuff. This opens you up to the potential for feelings of humiliation if you don't understand how or why others have made a success of selling when you have not yet been able to.
It's understandable to fear the free market. It can be scary to launch yourself into entrepreneurship, as well as being wonderful. However, some people project their personal fears of the market into abstract theories: they blame the market itself for the world's ills. That approach will prevent you from overcoming your fears and limit your potential.
87 An Expat Entrepreneur In ChileDec 13, 2012 35:55
Description:This episode is an interview with Edwin, an expat entrepreneur in Chile. Edwin talks about his experience on an entrepreneurship visa in Chile and shares his thoughts about the pros and cons of Chile as a place to live and to create a startup in. He discusses other things to consider regarding coming to Chile as an entrepreneur, including his views on the Start-up Chile grant, some comparisons of cost of living and considerations on quality of life in Chile as an expat. You can contact Edwin at email@example.com.
86 Teaching Entrepreneurship to Kids: An Interview with Eduardo MartyDec 3, 2012 00
Description:An interview with Eduardo Marty, who founded Junior Achievement in Argentina and in many other Latin American countries. Junior Achievement is a charity that teaches entrepreneurship to children and young adults.
Eduardo has also held academic posts as professor at the University Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, and the University of Buenos Aires. He is one of the few academics who is truly passionate about the need for young people to learn the practical skills of entrepreneurship. As he says in the interview; "the problem with intellectuals is that they are always running out of money".
In this entertaining interview, he discusses his experiences and his adventures in a life dedicated to helping kids realise their entrepreneurial potential, including a narrow escape from being imprisoned in Cuba when he tried to establish Junior Achievement there.
85 Freedom From Intellectual HeroesNov 27, 2012 23:44
Description:This episode is about gaining freedom from intellectual heroes. I share some thoughts about how to extract the best ideas from thinkers that you admire, without relying on someone else to think for you. I talk about some ways I have found for gaining intellectual independence, including:
Taking apart the "package deal" of a set of new ideas to use the ones that work and discard the ones that don't. Learning to trust your own judgement: if an idea doesn't make sense to you, it's probably because the idea is incoherent. Starting from the assumption that "everything is a remix", even if an idea appears to be very original or is presented as very new.
Ultimately, I believe intellectual independence is about giving up the emotional search for leaders. It is a part of growing up and being an adult to stop looking for intellectual heroes and to treat every thinker as someone who puts their pants on one leg at a time, just like you and me. A really important aspect of intellectual freedom is to give up deference to our heroes- to take what we can from their ideas and own those ideas for ourselves, so that we truly think for ourselves. That's what free people do, they think for themselves.
84 Interview With Joel BowmanNov 20, 2012 26:34
Description:This episode is an interview with Joel Bowman, the managing editor of The Daily Reckoning e-newsletter email and former managing editor of the Rude Awakening. After completing his degree in media communications and journalism in his home country of Australia, Joel moved to Baltimore to join the Agora Financial team. His keen interest in travel and macroeconomics first took him to New York where he regularly reported from Wall Street, and he now writes from and lives all over the world.
Joel currently lives in Buenos Aires. In the interview he gives his perspective on life as an expat in the city and provides an overview of what has been happening to the economy in Argentina recently.
Apologies for the technical problems with the recording: the audio cuts out very briefly intermittently throughout the interview, but it is still possible to understand the interview.
83 Introduction to InvestingNov 11, 2012 19:27
Description:This episode covers a lot of questions I faced getting started in investing as a private investor and my own experience in tackling these questions:
Why invest (i.e. why not just leave your money in a bank)? Who is going to manage your investments, an external manager or yourself? Are you going to be an active investor (e.g. analysing individual securities for value and trading more often) or a passive investor (e.g. using index funds and trading less often)? Which asset classes are you going to invest in (e.g. stocks, bonds, precious metals, cash)? How will you allocate and balance assets in your portfolio? Which individual securities are you going to select within each asset class (e.g if you decide to buy bonds, which individual bonds will you choose)? When should you start investing, within the context of your overall personal financial planning? When should you buy or sell individual assets? Will you try to time the market or will you automatically rebalance a portfolio based on an asset allocation strategy? Where should you invest? Should you have geographic diversification and if so, what kind? You can also get more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio discussed in this episode in Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing" and in many of the previous Voluntary Life podcast episodes on investing.
As always regarding investment, do your own research. I am not an advisor and this isn't advice of any kind, it's just my own opinions based on my experience.
82 Savings Vs Wage SlaveryOct 31, 2012 15:53
This episode is about saving money and it's relationship with freedom. Many people are trapped in a "wage slavery" lifestyle, living from month to month. Although their income rises during their career, their expenses scale correspondingly (or even lead ahead, creating debt). There are two approaches to developing the savings that allow get you out of this trap:
One route is to increase earnings without increasing expenses, creating savings. The difficulty with this approach is that the higher the income, the bigger the tendency or temptation to spend more on a more comfortable lifestyle. The other approach is to decrease expenses without decreasing earnings, by focussing on minimising living expenses as much as possible. The challenge with this approach is to do so without losing income (for example, moving to a low cost location might not make it possible to keep a well paid job).
Jake talks about his experience focussing on the first approach and discusses some of the benefits in terms of freedom that saving provides:
Developing an emergency fund of approximately 3 months expenses reduces a huge amount of stress associated with living month to month and enables you to cope with unexpected expenses or irregular cashflow. Developing savings to cover 1 year of expenses opens up a huge degree of freedom, for example to start your own business, to leave a job if you don't like it or even to change your life in other ways such as by emigrating to another country. This podcast and blog summary contains only personal opinions, it does not constitute financial advice and I am not a financial advisor.
81 Freedom From DebtOct 23, 2012 19:51
Description:This episode is about the freedom that comes from getting out of debt.
We live in a time when being in debt is the norm in our society. The basis of the debt culture lies in government policies (such as inflating the money supply and artificially lowering interest rates) that actively incentivise individuals to get into debt. These government policies filter through into opportunities for debt everywhere that are encouraged by mainstream culture. For example: student loans for college, credit for consumer goods, the mainstream ideal of home ownership and the mortgage debt that goes with it. Debt becomes a way of life for most people, which can lead to rationalising it and being over-optimistic about it's impact.
Ultimately debt always reduces your financial freedom. It is always restricting the freedom of action of your future self. Jake talks about his experience of being in debt and getting out of debt. The podcast goes on to focus on the benefits of being debt free:
The main benefit is in increasing your freedom of action when you are out of debt When debt is cleared it removes a constant source of worry Deciding on how to use your money can be a pleasure again and an aspect of freedom Removing debt is an aspect of self-care: it is financial self-care This podcast and blog summary contains only my personal opinions, it does not constitute financial advice and I am not a financial advisor.
80 Financial Freedom MilestonesOct 16, 2012 17:36
This episode is a about the significant milestones along the way towards achieving financial freedom. In my opinion, reaching each of these milestones brings you closer to being financially free and it is useful to take a step back and consider what the steps along the way of your journey will be. Some milestones to consider are suggested:
Financial independence or "paying your own way", whereby you are sustaining yourself from your job or work income on a month to month basis. You are not living off parents, not living from significant subsidies from your family, not accumulating student debt and not accumulating credit card debt. It's important to note role how going to college significantly delays reaching this milestone and how many people do not achieve this milestone until they are in their 30s or later.
Achieving positive net worth, whereby your assets are greater than your liabilities. This is often what people mean when they talk about "getting out of debt" (although that is not exactly the same). It is important to be aware that consumer credit and mortgate debt can significantly hinder or delay you reaching this goal.
Making your first investment, for example by purchasing an income producing asset like shares or bonds. The key distinction is that this is not just money you haven't used yet which you are putting aside until you spend it, it is money you do not intend to ever spend. You are putting this money to work for you creating income. Although a lot of people consider purchasing a house with a mortgage as their first big investment, a property for your own use is really a consumption item.
Net worth surpasses annual expenses- in other words, your savings (assets) could keep you going for 1 year if you needed to. This means you have a significant safety buffer, but if you did have to use your savings it would mean that you consume your capital and you would be back to square 1.
Annual passive investment income becomes larger than your annual expenses: this is real financial freedom, as you can now live off your passive income. For this to be sustainable it needs to take into account the effect of inflation, taxes etc. However, once you can sustainably live from your passive income, you are financially free.
This podcast and blog summary contains only my personal opinions, it does not constitute financial advice and I am not a financial advisor.
79 Entrepreneurship Part 11: Free Your Ass And Your Mind Will FollowOct 16, 2012 22:05
Description:This episode is about the entrepreneurial mindset. What kind of thinking do you need to be an entrepreneur? More importantly, how will doing entrepreneurship change the way that you think? Jake talks about some key aspects of the entrepreneurial mentality including:
cultivating optimism and perseverance using the trial and error method acceptance of failure and the possibility of failure a deep rooted focus on sales a results-oriented outlook thrift and developing a reluctance to spend time or money without demonstrated good value being market oriented and having a tendency to look for voluntary solutions in all of life Podcast Episode
78 Entrepreneurship Part 10: Going Into Business With OthersOct 16, 2012 23:53
Description:This episode is about the issue of shared ownership in business. It covers key questions that anyone considering going into business with others will face, including:
Should you go into business with others or be a sole owner-entrepreneur? If you do go into business with others, how will you split ownership? How will you ensure that the owners are all incentivised to add value to the business? In other words, how will you avoid the free-rider problem? How are you going to make decisions together efficiently and avoid deadlock? What will you do if the owners no longer want to work together, or one of them wants out? Jake provides his own experience in facing these questions and summarises some of the options available to consider. It's up to you to decide what the best choices are for your own business. This podcast will help you make these decisions.
Living And Parenting Free Of Religion: An Interview With Carisa BrewsterSep 25, 2012 28:40
Description:An interview with Carisa Brewster, author of the Cup of Curiosity blog. Carisa describes herself as a writer, mom and nappy chick with way too many interests. In this interview she talks about the experience of breaking free from religion and choosing to parent and unschool her children free from any religion. Her blog covers many diverse topics from books, natural hair, living in Oregon, interracial issues, breastfeeding/parenting and pop culture. She is also a (self-confessed) huge Star Wars and Star Trek geek, but only a moderate comic book geek. Podcast Episode
76 The Permanent Portfolio: Author Interview With Craig RowlandSep 25, 2012 01:02:20
Description:This episode is an interview with Craig Rowland, who is the co-author of a new book called The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy. Craig is also author of the Crawling Road blog and host of the permanent portfolio forum. In the episode we discuss the Permanent Portfolio strategy and many of the insights from Craig's new book. We talk about the way in which the Permanent Portfolio approach differs from other investment strategies including:
The choice of being an independent investor as opposed to entrusting your money to someone else Achieving diversification in investing, as opposed to the Warren Buffet quote of "putting all your eggs in one basket and watching the basket very closely". Using an asset allocation strategy based on identifying how assets react to each of the possible economic conditions, as opposed to asset allocation based on correlation studies. The problems with trying to time the market in investing The benefits of a passive investing approach that rebalances according to a strategy of maintaining diversification. We also talk about some particular practical issues relating to the portfolio including Creating your own portfolio versus using the Permanent Portfolio fund (and differences in the fund's approach to the classic PP strategy) The growth of passive indexing strategies in stocks and how this aspect of the Permanent Portfolio approach is now more mainstream Craig's thoughts on how best to own gold bullion and the tradeoff between convenience and safety. How the permanent portfolio can help independent investors in the current context of artificially low interest rates and Quantitative Easing. You can also get more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio in Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing" and in many of the previous Voluntary Life podcast episodes on investing. Neither Craig nor Jake are financial advisors or dealers of any kind and this podcast only expresses our opinions.
77 Internationalising YourselfSep 25, 2012 15:43
Description:This episode discusses ways in which you can overcome the limitations of the country in which you happen to have been born and, as much as possible, live with the whole of planet earth as your homeland. The topics covered include:
Travelling and seeing the world, to help you make conscious choices about where you want to spend your life Taking the opportunity to live abroad for extended periods of time so that you can experience life in different parts of the world Learning another language and giving yourself different tools to think with Internationalising some of your assets, as geo-political diversification in case of catastrophic events such as a war. If you have the opportunity, taking advantage of the chance to obtain dual nationality to further extend your flexibility in terms of where you can work or live.
75 The Most Advanced Democracy On Earth (Probably Not What You Think)Sep 11, 2012 15:49
Description:This episode is about the most advanced democracy on earth. It is about the most effective system we have for letting everyone have their say, working together to change society in a non-violent way.... Oh and it's probably not what you think.
Ludwig Von Mises' "The Anti-capitalistic Mentality"
Churchill's quote on democracy
Karl Popper's views on democracy can be found in The Open Society and Its Enemies
74 City Air Makes You FreeSep 6, 2012 22:21
Description:This episode is about where you choose to live and the impact that this choice can have on your level of freedom. Many people who have written about personal and political liberty have suggested a link between where you choose to live and how free you are. In the podcast we explore 3 different ideas about this choice:
The ideas in "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau: finding freedom by living self-sufficiently alone in a rural setting The idea of 'Galts Gulch' in "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand: finding freedom by living in a small community of like-minded people (again in a rural setting with an emphasis on self-sufficiency) The idea that 'City Air Makes You Free' (expressed by writers such as Jane Jacobs): finding freedom in the division of labour and diversity that cities provide. Arguably, the benefits of self-sufficiency have been overestimated in books like Walden and Atlas Shrugged, whereas the benefits of interdependence in cities have been under-appreciated by previous writers on liberty. It is suggested that Galt's Gulch wouldn't actually work in real life because it would lack the division of labour of a big city that is necessary to support the kind of advanced and specialised roles of it's inhabitants. In contrast, living in a city can provide many opportunities for greater work and personal freedom because of the benefits of the division of labour in cities.
Origin of the phrase City Air Makes You Free
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Previous episode of The Voluntary Life about Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Previous episode of The Voluntary Life about Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
73 A Review of The Four Hour Work Week by Tim FerrissAug 28, 2012 59:57
Description:This episode is a review of the book "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich" by Tim Ferriss. It is a skype conversation with a group of friends. The ideas that we discuss include:
taking mini-retirements and getting out of a one-track career mentality extended travelling testing new entrepreneurial ideas with sales pages on the web before starting outsourcing tasks to a virtual assistant Tim Ferriss' personality and how it influences the style and content of the book
72 How You Can Help End PovertyAug 21, 2012 13:11
Description:This episode is about how you as an individual can help alleviate poverty in a non-political, principled way. It's an economic view of how you can reduce poverty through economic development and the wealth that it generates. Jake presents ideas of the economist Ludwig Von Mises about how you can create economic progress and development, focussing on three key activities:
creating technical innovation, which helps to make everything cheaper for everyone within the economy being an entrepreneur, which creates new value and wealth in the economy being a saver and investor, which provides resources for the future economic development (either of your own business or that of others)
The podcast discusses how each of these activities help reduce your own poverty and that of the world as a whole.
Ludwig Von Mises The Anti-capitalistic Mentality
Stephan Kinsella Against Intellectual Property
71 Computer Security and Privacy For EveryoneAug 16, 2012 54:21
Description:This episode is an interview with Kristov, an application security specialist, about what kind of measures individuals can take to ensure a level of security and privacy for their computers and their online life. In the interview, we cover security and privacy for a range of topics including:
email use web browsing malware and viruses password managers data storage use of torrents VOIP and chat application security for entrepreneurs Podcast episode
70 Becoming Who You Are Interview Part 2Aug 8, 2012 34:32
Description:The second part of the interview from the Becoming Who You Are Podcast. We talk about a whole range of topics including:
The fear of criticism that can come up when putting creative work out there The challenges of being yourself at work The future of The Voluntary Life podcast The difference between abstract business planning and being conscious of what's really happening in your business now The balance between having dreams and staying in touch with reality Getting support from the people in your life Doing what you love
69 Inflation: The Hidden TaxAug 2, 2012 42:46
Description:This episode is an interview with Marc de Mesel, who was previously on the show talking about investing in Europe. Marc runs a blog on investing in Europe in dutch and also an investing blog in english.
In this episode, Marc talks about the hidden tax that is inflation. We discuss the difference between official inflation figures and the real loss of purchasing power that ordinary people experience. We also talk about ways in which an individual investor or saver can cope with inflation, including the advantages and limitations of precious metals as an inflation hedge. The discussion is opinion only and should not be considered any kind of financial advice.
For more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio mentioned in the discussion, see Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing". You can also hear more about the Permanent Portfolio concept in this previous episode.
68 Becoming Who You Are Interview Part 1Jul 24, 2012 22:22
67 Success Is The Best RevengeJul 24, 2012 07:41
66 Living Free Now: Porc Therapy ShowJul 18, 2012 01:19:58
Description:This is a repost of an episode of Porc Therapy hosted by Stephanie Murphy that Hannah and I appeared on.
"My friends Jake from The Voluntary Life and Hannah from Becoming Who You Are join me today for this fun podcast-only show where our discussion centers around living free – now! We begin with a PorcFest 2012 wrap up, then talk about connecting over shared values, immigration issues, the Free State Project, civil disobedience and political activism (and our disagreements with both), Jake’s amazing impassioned speech on living free!, intentional communities, permanent tourism and heading south to find freedom, living on a boat, someone who made his own island out of soda bottles, division of labor/going “off the grid,” and Leonid Rogozov’s famous self-appendectomy."
65 A Review of The Virtue Of Selfishness By Ayn RandJul 17, 2012 58:57
Description:This episode is a review of "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. It is a group discussion and the guests include Stephanie Murphy from Porc Therapy, freelance writer Greg Minton, George the expat auditor (from episodes 58 and 59) and other friends. Here are some of the things we cover in the discussion:
The book's gutsy title and the controversy surrounding it. The pros and cons of Ayn Rand's morality and her own moralising. Aspects of the book we found unconvincing, such as her dismissal of voluntaryism and her idea that no conflict of interest is possible between rational people. Rand's convincing takedown of ethical lifeboat scenarios. The fact that Ayn Rand is ignored in universities. The impact that some of Ayn Rand's contradictions (on intellectual property and on non-aggression) have had on the objectivist movement's development, especially it's pro-war stance on foreign policy. Her deconstruction of other moral theories that were around during her time. Plus, we have a lot of fun talking about her strange views on tapdancing and morality!
64 What They Don't Teach at School Part 2Jul 11, 2012 10:20
Description:This episode is a continuation of the discussion I had with Brett Veinotte about how entrepreneurship is not taught at school and why. It was recorded live for the School Sucks Podcast at Porcfest. We talk about why it is that teachers are usually the last people who you would expect to learn entrepreneurship from and what you can do to learn it yourself. Sorry about the audio quality, it is a little choppy but still listenable.
63 What They Don't Teach at School: Discussion With Brett Veinotte of School SucksJul 10, 2012 33:48
Description:This episode is part of a discussion that I had with Brett Veinotte from School Sucks Podcast at Porcfest. Brett and I talked about how entrepreneurship is totally alien to compulsory schooling. School prepares you for a life of working for someone else, whereas goals like working for yourself, growing a business and obtaining financial freedom are never discussed. We discuss things that you can do to overcome the conformity that school sets you up for, such as starting a business as young as possible (even whilst at school) and working to become financially independent of your parents as soon as possible. Here is a video of the full presentation, which you can also hear on Brett's podcast for the full discussion.
62 What You Can Do To Live Free: Porc Therapy InterviewJul 2, 2012 20:31
Description:This episode is an interview that Jake did on the Porc Therapy Podcast, recorded live at Porcfest 2012. In the interview, Jake talks about some of the things you can do to live more freely whatever society or economy you find yourself in, such as investing in friendships and living abroad.
61 Entrepreneurship Makes the World a Better Place: Free Talk Live InterviewJun 27, 2012 10:35
60 Unschooling Year 1Jun 18, 2012 39:14
Description:Matt and Molly have been unschooling their two children for a year. In this episode, they talk about their family's experiences during their first year of living as if school didn't exist. If you are interested in finding out more about unschooling check out the previous episodes on the topic.
Emigrating in EuropeJun 7, 2012 29:44
Description:An interview with George, who emigrated from Greece to resettle in the UK. George provides many suggestions that will be relevant for anyone considering emigration, even if you are not in the EU. If you do live in the EU, it is very much worth considering the opportunities of doing what George has done and relocating to a place that might better suit your needs.
Chris Guillebeau on "The $100 Startup"May 28, 2012 40:59
Description:This episode is a recording of a talk given by Chris Guillebeau about his new book The 100 Dollar Startup. The talk took place in Shoreditch, London on 25th May 2012 and Chris kindly gave permission for me to record it for this podcast.
In the talk, Chris shares some of the stories of the many "solopreneurs" and small business owners that he interviewed for the book, all of whom are using creative self-employment to give themselves more freedom in life.
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-MoggMay 22, 2012 27:46
Description:This episode discusses ideas from the book "The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age"by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg.
"In The Sovereign Individual, Davidson and Rees-Mogg explore the greatest economic and political transition in centuries -- the shift from an industrial to an information-based society. This transition, which they have termed "the fourth stage of human society," will liberate individuals as never before, irrevocably altering the power of government."
Entrepreneurship Part 9: Financing Your StartupMay 18, 2012 27:18
How will you finance your startup? This episode presents some thoughts on the issue of financing for entrepreneurs based on my own experience, including:
Why bootstrapping your business with revenue finance is the best way to fund your own startup, if you can do it The benefit of having some personal savings and no major financial commitments, if you want to start a business The role that loans can play in funding your venture and how taking out loans for business is a far better use of debt than taking out loans for consumption items Why selling equity in your company (taking investment from VC or others) is ultimately a very expensive way to fund your venture Why Business Development Grants are never "free money" and have serious drawbacks The importance of looking long and hard at whether you really need the money to get going. You probably don't need nearly as much as you think
Entrepreneurship Part 8: Selling Your BusinessMay 9, 2012 30:03
Description:Every entrepreneur will ultimately exit from their business, in one way or another. Unless you plan to just wind it down, one day you'll probably want to sell your company. In this podcast, Jake talks about his experience of selling a business and answers some key questions about the process, including:
Why sell your business? How do you find a buyer? When is the right time to sell? How do you value your business? What happens in the negotiation process? How long does it take? What happens after the sale?
Freedom From School: An Interview With Laurette LynnApr 30, 2012 47:44
Description:An interview with Laurette Lynn, author, speaker and host of the Unplugged Mom internet talk show. Laurette's work emphasizes the need for families to unplug from mainstream assumptions in learning and living, disconnect from the artificial process of life and discover the freedom and joy in learning and living more authentically.
In the interview she talks about freedom from school for kids and families. Laurette explains the choice that she made not to send her kids to school "because they don't need it". She shares her thoughts on how you can raise your kids free from school too. Check out the previous episodes related to unschooling.
Entrepreneurship Part 7: NegotiationApr 24, 2012 22:34
Description:This episode is about negotiation for entrepreneurs. Some basic practical tips are provided about negotiating, such as:
The benefits of writing everything down (even though it seems obvious) Why it's better to be explicit about how you want do business, such as with a simple set of standard terms Negotiating about all the terms and avoiding the pitfall of focussing narrowly on price Some of the deeper principles underlying negotiation are also explained, such as:
The concept of your Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) and how it determines the dynamic of the negotiation The value of appealing to objective standards and avoiding a "contest of wills" Why win-win negotiations are the only way to get any lasting agreement that will work Why it makes sense to adopt the premise that you'll never be able to rely on enforcing legal contracts The excellent book on negotiation recommended in the podcast is "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In" by Fischer and Ury.
Financial Preparedness: An Interview With Medium TexApr 3, 2012 01:05:01
Description:This episode is an interview with Mike, one of the moderators and main contributors to the Permanent Portfolio discussion forum. Mike, or "Medium Tex" as he is known on the board, is an independent investor and co-author of an upcoming book on the permanent portfolio approach to investment. In the interview Mike explains a simple way of understanding all the different economic conditions we might face and how to be financially prepared for any of them as a private investor.
You can get more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio in these two previous podcast episodes, in Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing", on the permanent portfolio forum and on the Crawling Road website.
Author Interview: Jeffrey Tucker on "It's A Jetsons World"Mar 26, 2012 59:21
An interview with Jeffrey Tucker about his latest book "It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes" (available online for free). Jeffrey is the executive editor of Laissez Faire Books. He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute's website, Mises.org. He is also an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member.
"It's a Jetsons World" is about how we are surrounded by miracles created in the private sector, particularly in the digital universe, and yet we don't appreciate them enough. Meanwhile, the public sector is systematically wrecking the physical world in sneaky and petty ways that really do matter.
Jeffrey discusses these themes further in the interview, such as the global communication revolution that we are living through and it's amazing impact on all our lives. He also talks about the destructive role that the State is having during this time of great progress. "We are very fortunate to be living in a social, cultural and economic transition that makes the industrial revolution look like nothing by comparison. The amazing irony is that it is happening exactly at the same time when Leviathan, at least in the developed world, is on the march as never before". Jeffrey Tucker (from the interview)
He discusses some of the ideas from the book in more detail, such as the negative impact of Intellectual Property law and the moral hazard that it creates, as IP corrupts the outlook of entrepreneurs. The interview is full of Jeffrey's brilliantly optimistic and positive outlook.
"We shouldn't be afraid to read things that are utterly contrary to what think we believe, because it's only going to strengthen us. If we are fearless intellectuals, which we should all be- to the point where we are utterly fearless, then we shouldn't be afraid of any writer, any genre or any political point of view. It just makes us better thinkers."
Jeffrey Tucker (from the interview)
The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
The Ultimate Resource 2
Steve Jobs: "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas"
Entrepreneurship Part 6: Getting Things DoneMar 19, 2012 21:59
Description:A podcast about freeing your mind to get things done. A big challenge with time management and productivity that I experienced was how to overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed. How do you free your mind from the nagging thoughts of all the things that you need to do, so that you can get on with actually doing stuff?
In this podcast I discuss my journey through trying many approaches to time management and the value that I found in David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach. Unlike traditional personal productivity systems, GTD helps you harnesses the creativity and intuitive power of your unconscious to work with you, rather than interrupt you. I outline what I think are the most helpful concepts in the GTD approach and how it might help you.
Investing In FriendshipsMar 13, 2012 15:23
Description:When it comes to friendships, are you investing wisely?
Entrepreneurship Part 5: The Unexamined Business Is Not Worth BuildingFeb 27, 2012 18:47
Description:This episode is about the amazing value that comes from tracking your business. Whereas 'business plans' are really just 'business guesses' and can often be a waste of time, tracking the reality of your business is always incredibly useful. The data that you have about each aspect of your business (your sales opportunities, your contacts, your cash-flow and many other aspects) is the most valuable asset that you have. Podcast Episode
Investing In Europe: An Interview With Marc De MeselFeb 13, 2012 52:49
Description:This episode is about investing inside the Euro zone as an independent individual investor. It is an interview with Marc de Mesel, who runs a blog on investing in Europe in dutch and also an investing blog in english. Marc talks about his experience applying the Permanent Portfolio strategy in a European context. He also provides his thoughts on speculating in gold and other precious metals. The episode is provided as food for thought to encourage critical thinking and independent decision-making in regard to investment: it is opinion only and should not be considered any kind of financial advice.
For more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio see Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing". You can also hear more about the Permanent Portfolio concept in this previous episode. The book that Marc mentions in the episode is "Tomorrow's Gold" by Mark Farber.
Author Interview: Paul Rosenberg on A Lodging of Wayfaring Men Part 2Feb 6, 2012 26:53
Description:Part 2 of the interview with Paul Rosenberg about his novel "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men". Paul shares his thoughts on many of the other themes covered in the novel: sexuality, relationships, the unconscious mind and religion. He explains his view on intellectual property and why he chose to release the novel using the creative commons license. He also gives an insight into his upcoming books.
Author Interview: Paul Rosenberg on A Lodging of Wayfaring Men Part 1Jan 31, 2012 34:59
Description:This Part 1 of an interview with Paul Rosenberg, author of "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men".
Instantly named Freedom Book of The Month and a major influence in the Cyber-underground, A Lodging of Wayfaring Men is the story of freedom-seekers who create an alternative society on the Internet - a virtual society, with no possibility of oversight or control. It grows so fast that governments and "leaders" are terrified, and fight to co-opt this cyber-society before it undermines the power of the governing elite.
In this interview Paul talks about his intellectual development, his influences and the background to writing the book. He discusses the parallels between the novel and recent developments in crypto-currency, such as Bitcoin. He shares his thoughts on the current state of the internet, prospects for liberty and the potential for developing communities of people with shared values.
Financial Independence from ParentsJan 28, 2012 11:48
Description:This episode is about the freedom in adult life that is gained by achieving financial independence from parents. Jake talks about some of the findings of the book "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley. Dr Stanley surveyed people in America who had become millionaires within one generation and collected data on many aspects of their lives. One finding that he identified was that adult-children who continue to receive economic subsidies from their parents tend to be much less successful in developing wealth within their own lives. Those who don't receive "economic out-patient care" end up wealthier and also have better relationships with their parents.
Entrepreneurship Part 4: Profit is SanityJan 17, 2012 20:18
Description:A podcast for entrepreneurs about getting your business to profitability and making it more and more profitable once you get there. The title of this podcast comes from the saying "turnover is vanity and profit is sanity". Some of the topics covered in the episode include:
The unjustly-bad reputation that profit has in our culture and it's origins The other motives (unrelated to profit) that entrepreneurs have and the problems that they cause for their business Profit as the truly rational measure of how healthy your business is Two approaches cutting expenses to increase profit The value of measuring profitability at the project or product level The necessity of measuring all aspects of operations to find out where you make a profit and where you don't Podcast Episode
Entrepreneurship Part 3: In Praise Of SellingJan 12, 2012 25:51
Description:In this podcast, Jake talks about the most important responsibility you will ever have as an entrepreneur: selling. He talks about how to overcome the barriers to selling that most entrepreneurs face: the cultural prejudice against sales, ignorance about what selling really is and the psychological barrier to selling (the fear of rejection).
Stages of Selling To Learn More About:
Prospecting Contacting Qualifying Presentation Handling Objections Closing Referrals
Checklist for New Entrepreneurs:
Have you started selling yet? Are you setting aside specific time within each day or week devoted only to selling? Are you measuring everything that you can measure about your selling activity?
Glengarry Glen Ross (great movie, but also an example of how negative the representation of selling is in our culture)
How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins (a recommended book).
Psychological Freedom: An Interview With Daniel MacklerJan 2, 2012 01:01:31
Description:An interview with psychologist and filmmaker Daniel Mackler about the subject of psychological freedom. Daniel shares his thoughts on what psychological freedom means: the healing from past psychological traumas. He identifies the root of trauma in unhealthy parenting and talks about his own journey towards more psychological freedom. Podcast Episode
Freedom From Politics Part 2Dec 26, 2011 45:33
Description:Part 2 in a series of episodes on freedom from politics with special guest Stephanie Murphy, host of the Porc Therapy podcast.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" by Gandhi Penn Gillette on politics School Sucks Podcast on Ron Paul George Carlin on Not Voting
Doug Stanhope on Democracy "If Voting Changed Anything They'd Make it Illegal" by Emma Goldman
Poster by Will Moyer
Freedom From Politics Part 1Dec 19, 2011 44:01
Description:Part 1 in a series of episodes on freedom from politics. Special guest is Stephanie Murphy, host of the Porc Therapy podcast, co-host of Free Talk Live and Prometheus Unchained, all of which are on the Liberty Radio Network.
Hans Herman Hoppe on Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis
Harry Browne's book How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World
Stephanie's book Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas
Freedomain Radio podcast
Complete Liberty Podcast
Unjobbing: Author Interview with Michael FoglerDec 13, 2011 37:57
Description:This episode is an interview with Michael Fogler about his book "Un-Jobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook". Michael talks about his life experience, having reached the age of 58 without ever having had a single, full-time job. He talks about how his personal experience in "failures" a traditional career-job route led him to discover unjobbing as an alternative approach. He talks about how he came up with the name "unjobbing" and the influences on his ideas, such as Grace Llwellyn's book "A Teenage Liberation Handbook".
Michael provides some tips on achieving personal liberation, including the issue of minimising expenses, saving and ensuring that you "act your wage". He talks about the importance of having other people around you who share your values, especially as the unjobbing approach is not considered "normal" by mainstream culture. Check out our previous episodes on Unjobbing. Podcast Episode
Parent-Free By Choice: An Interview with Vickie BergmanDec 5, 2011 27:08
Description:Vickie is the author of the Demand Euphoria Blog and Parent-Free By Choice Blog. In this interview we discuss the concept of "Parent-Free By Choice", which is the choice of some adults to voluntarily separate from one or both parents. Vicky talks about why this choice, although quite widespread, is viewed as a taboo subject. Vickie shares her thoughts on whether or not adults who choose to cease contact with their parents are "running away" from issues that they should stay and face up to:
"There is this whole stigma about "running away from your problems". It starts with kids and bullying in school where everyone says running away from a bully doesn't do anything, you have to stick in there and face it. That carries over into our family relationships: this idea that "no matter what they do to you they are still your family" and you are supposed to toughen up, figure it out, forgive or whatever. I think that is unfortunate because it allows people to keep treating each other badly. I think running away from somebody who is treating you badly is actually a good thing because you deserve better and you shouldn't put up with it. I think removing yourself from a toxic situation is good for you."
Here are Vickie's thoughts on the question of whether people owe their parents anything:
"I have often thought about this concept of your parents giving you the "gift of life", but I always think about that word gift and think about how...if it is truly a gift then you don't owe them for it. If they gave you a gift then they shouldn't be charging you for it every day of your life. A lot of parents call it a gift and then make you feel guilty for everything they do for you."
Vickie's blog, Parent-Free by Choice, offers a supportive environment for people to anonymously share their own stories about their choices. As Vickie explains;
"No matter what happened to them in childhood or how their relationship [with their parents] is now, if they feel like it's not a positive relationship then that is all that matters and they should have the freedom to get out of it."
Uncollege: An Interview with Dale StephensNov 28, 2011 20:01
Description:An interview with Dale Stephens, founder of the Uncollege movement. Uncollege represents a revolutionary approach to education: applying the principles of unschooling to higher education. In the interview Dale talks about opportunities to hack your education and go for self-directed learning. He challenges the notion that going to college is the only path to success and identifies the declining value proposition of traditional college education, as well as the potential of an alternative, self-directed approach. Podcast Episode
The Fear of Freedom by Eric FrommNov 14, 2011 44:18
Successful Entrepreneurship: An Interview With Judd WeissNov 7, 2011 01:11:41
Description:An interview with Judd Weiss, entrepreneur and author of the Hustlebear.com blog. Judd has been an entrepreneur since he was 14. He became a millionaire by the age of 24 and has launched successful businesses in diverse industries including selling watches online, commercial real estate brokerage and parking. Judd talks about some of the principles behind successful entrepreneurship. Topics include:
How accepting that you start out both ignorant and incompetent can help you succeed Why success normally comes just after the point when most people quit Why you don't have to be interested in the product you are selling What a young startup entrepreneur can use to differentiate themselves from much older and better connected competitors The impact that pursuing entrepreneurial success can have on your personal relationships
How To Get Financial FreedomNov 1, 2011 16:26
Description:Financial Freedom is an achievable goal. But what exactly is it and how does making financial freedom your goal differ from more traditional financial goals? A common approach to personal finance goes something like this:
MAINSTREAM ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT PERSONAL FINANCE
the goal of personal finance strategies is material wealth and comfort; the method is getting a secure job; the measure of how well you are doing is your salary; debt should be used, with caution, to obtain consumption items (mortgage for a house, loans for a new car etc.); provision for the future should be made through a pension.
A approach aimed at financial freedom is completely different in every way:
ASSUMPTIONS WITH FINANCIAL FREEDOM AS YOUR AIM
the goal of personal finance strategies is financial freedom (the level of wealth is optional); the method is entrepreneurship; the measure of how well you are doing is how long before you have to work again, where passive income - expenses > 0 debt should not be used for consumption items, but might optionally be used with caution to further entrepreneurship and value generation; provision for the future is made through creating passive income streams.
Thoughts on how to adopt financial freedom as your goal are provided in the podcast. The views expressed are only my opinion about this subject and I am not any kind of financial advisor. Podcast Episode
Getting More Freedom In Your JobOct 28, 2011 15:26
Description:You can still have a lot of freedom if you are working for somebody else. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to transform your job and liberate yourself. The youtube documentary about a Brazilian company that is mentioned in the episode is called "The Caring Capitalist". Podcast Episode
Entrepreneurship Part 2: The Art of The StartSep 14, 2011 37:23
This episode is a discussion with startup entrepreneurs including the founders of choreplan.com and knowitapp.com. We talk about the ideas in two great books on entrepreneurship: The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki and Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Podcast Episode
Entrepreneurship Part 1: The Real RevolutionariesSep 14, 2011 14:27
Description:A podcast for those considering starting a business. The episode starts with a look at the value of entrepreneurship as a path to obtaining freedom in your own life and some background to my own experience with entrepreneurship. Two key questions are addressed: how do you choose which project to pursue as a new entrepreneurial venture? Also, how do you overcome the fear of getting started? Podcast Episode
The Voluntary City Part 3: The FutureSep 7, 2011 15:19
Description:Part 3 in a series on about the potential for voluntary, free market solutions to urban planning problems. In this episode we discuss the potential for more voluntary kinds of urban communities, urbanisation in the developing world and the future of cities. The discussion is based around ideas presented in the book The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society edited by David T Beito, Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok. Special guests in this episode are Peter Gordon (co-editor of The Voluntary City) and Adam, Stephen and Emily, who are the authors of the blog Market Urbanism.
The Voluntary City Part 2: Voluntary Land Use PlanningSep 6, 2011 15:37
Description:Part 2 of a series about the potential for voluntary, free market solutions to urban planning problems. In this episode we discuss the potential for voluntary land use planning. The discussion is based around ideas presented in the book The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society edited by David T Beito, Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok. Special guests in this episode are Peter Gordon (co-editor of The Voluntary City) and Adam, Stephen and Emily, who are the authors of the blog Market Urbanism.
The Voluntary City Part 1: IntroductionSep 5, 2011 25:19
Description:This is the first of a series about the potential for voluntary, free market solutions to urban planning problems. This discussion is based around the topics covered in the book The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society edited by David T Beito, Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok. Special guests in this episode are Peter Gordon (co-editor of The Voluntary City) and Adam, Stephen and Emily, who are the authors of the blog Market Urbanism. In the discussion we make reference to Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and to Robert Moses, the urban planner who's destructive impact is discussed in the book The Power Broker.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert HeinleinAug 24, 2011 23:19
We the Living by Ayn RandAug 22, 2011 22:51
Unschooling Part 3: Putting Unschooling Into PracticeAug 16, 2011 30:54
Description:Part 3 in a series on unschooling. This episode is about implementing an unschooling approach. Special guests are Brett Veinotte, host of School Sucks Podcast, Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio and Debbie Harbeson, unschooling parent and author of "OK Kids, Time for Bedlam"
Unschooling Part 2: The Compulsory Education SystemAug 14, 2011 00
Unschooling Part 1: Instead of EducationAug 14, 2011 36:38
Description:Part one of a series of podcasts on Unschooling. This episode is a discussion of one of the most influential books about unschooling: Instead of Education by John Holt. Special guests are Brett Veinotte, host of School Sucks Podcast and Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio.
"Education... now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and 'fans,' driven more and more, in all parts of their lives, by greed, envy, and fear. My concern is not to improve 'education' but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves." John Holt 1976
Unjobbing Part 2: ExperiencesAug 9, 2011 31:29
Description:This episode is a discussion of personal experiences of different stages of unjobbing: barriers to doing it, planning for it, working towards it and achieving an unjobbed life. In the discussion we refer to the book "Un-Jobbing" by Michael Fogler. Other references in the discussion include the book "Vagabonding" by Rolf Potts and Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement speech.
Unjobbing Part 1: IntroductionAug 9, 2011 32:54
Description:The first of a two part series about "Unjobbing": breaking free of the rat-race to do only things that you love with your life. In this episode we explore the idea of Unjobbing set out in the book "Un-Jobbing : The Adult Liberation Handbook" by Michael Fogler. Other books referred to in the discussion include "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandAug 1, 2011 01:13:46
No Treason by Lysander SpoonerJul 20, 2011 16:26
Description:This episode is a short discussion and recommendation of Lysander Spooner's great book "No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority". The book is a brilliant critique of the legality of any constitution and the validity of any idea of a social contract.
Investing for Financial Freedom: Two ApproachesJun 19, 2011 26:14
Description:This episode is a discussion about two different approaches to investment. The first approach comes from Harry Browne's idea of the Permanent Portfolio, which you can find in his book Fail-Safe Investing. The second approach is focussed on investing purely in precious metals as a way to protect your wealth. Both approaches are concerned with investing for financial freedom and protecting your hard earned savings in the context of turbulent economic conditions. Podcast Episode
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Part 2Jun 13, 2011 23:20
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Part 1Jun 10, 2011 39:23
How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne Part 2May 22, 2011 32:24
Description:Part two of a discussion about the ideas of personal freedom in Harry Browne's book "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World".
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne Part 1May 20, 2011 55:20
Description:Part one of a discussion about the ideas of personal freedom in Harry Browne's book "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World".