The Voluntary Life: September 2013

26 September 2013

127 Porc Therapy Interview: Quitting The Rat Race- In Depth!

This episode is from a recent interview that I did for the Porc Therapy podcast. The interviewer is my friend Stephanie Murphy. 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

Podcast Episode 127

21 September 2013

126 School Sucks Interview: Tools For A Freed Mind and A Voluntary Life

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."

Listen to Episode 126

14 September 2013

125 Q&A on Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race



The Question and Answer session from my talk about Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race. See Episode 124 for the main talk.

Listen to Episode 125

6 September 2013

124 Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race

Listen to Episode 124

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

Podcast Episode 124