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The Voluntary Life
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A podcast of ideas for finding freedom in an unfree world.
A podcast of ideas for finding freedom in an unfree world.

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299 What Is Selfishness? - 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

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298 Your Life Is Not On Loan - This week's episode is a response to this listener email: "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...

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297 The Role Of Cash In Investing - There is a saying in investing that "cash is trash", because cash provides such low returns and loses value owing to inflation. Yet every investor has to deal with cash in some way and there is always some role for cash within a portfolio. So how much of your net worth should you have in cash? Why hold it? When should you rebalance in and out of cash? Harry Browne thought carefully about the role of cash with his permanent portfolio strategy. His insights...

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296 No One Is Coming To Save You - 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 ther...

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295 How To Sort Your Life Out Part 1 (and Patreon!) - 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 t...

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Special Announcement: Keynote Presentation At The Freecoast Festival

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294 The Five Laws Of Stupidity - "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". This week's episode is about his theory of t...

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293 Girona: Our Adventure Continues (featuring Hannah Braime)

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292 A Listener Question About The Decision To Have Kids - This week's episode is 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 abo...

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291 Setting Up A Nomadic Business With Estonian E-Residency: Interview With Ilias Ismanalijev
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