The Voluntary Life: January 2014

26 January 2014

141 No More Waiting For The Epic Fairy

"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.

Show Notes:
Listen to Episode 141

New About Page and new video: Four Ways To Quit The Rat Race

Here's a quick update about two new resources. I've finally put an About Page on the website, do check it out at 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
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

18 January 2014

140 A World Of Entrepreneurs

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

6 January 2014

139 How To Build Your Network

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
Photo Credit: Paul Watson

Listen to Episode 139