The Voluntary Life: August 2012

28 August 2012

73 A Review of The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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


Podcast Episode

21 August 2012

72 How You Can Help End Poverty

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.

Show Notes
Ludwig Von Mises The Anti-capitalistic Mentality
Stephan Kinsella Against Intellectual Property

Podcast Episode

15 August 2012

71 Computer Security and Privacy For Everyone

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

7 August 2012

70 Becoming Who You Are Interview Part 2

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


Podcast Episode

1 August 2012

69 Inflation: The Hidden Tax

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.

Podcast Episode