Early Start Boot Camp

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As you can see from the archives, I’ve had a two month or so break from posting. These have been tough times, with many lessons learnt and lots of challenges faced – some conquered, some failed and some ongoing. Life’s like that – well mine is, anyway!

After hitting the bottom – hard, I decided that I needed to work on my motivation, so I came up with a plan – the early start boot camp. I had been starting my days totally the wrong way and this new plan is much more like the right way.

Five years ago I ‘upped-sticks’ and moved away from my hometown to somewhere a lot nicer, by the sea (Torquay, in Devon – England.) I realised recently that I was still taking too much for granted and was failing to appreciate many of the gifts that the local area has to offer along with the benefits to my mindset from indulging in the best that nature has to offer.

In the past, on random occasions, I would get up early and walk down to the seafront when most of the town was still asleep and take photographs of the sunrise, the sea and anything else that caught my attention – for example, the abundance of wildlife that is highly active at that time in the morning, seeking out their breakfast, or trying to avoid becoming someone elses breakfast!

So I decided that I would make a plan that involved doing this on a daily basis as a way to start my day off on the right foot. I’m still adding to and tweaking the plan, for example when I return to my flat I do some exercise with my home gym equipment before starting work (mainly gym ball and simple abdominal exercises using a 10kg weight as if it were a medicine ball.)

The rationale behind this is that if I can’t drag myself out of bed at silly-O’clock and get some exercise while appreciating the stunning wildlife and beauty on my doorstep, then how can I possibly face the challenges that life and business are going to present to me? Answer – I can’t. So there’s no excuse.

Initially, I’m focused on regularly doing the walk down to the seafront, nice and early, in time to see the sunrise. This morning I took my camera along and went crazy, taking 128 photographs. After editing, I got this down to 66 decent ones. I’m probably going to do this every time because I enjoy it, it’s creative and hopefully it will inspire someone who bothers to look through them on this blog. This is why I chose the career I have (to live where I want and do what I want, when I want) and it was clear that I needed to remind myself of this on a daily basis – ideally first thing.

I hope that anyone who has a peek enjoys the photographs. They are a little bit random – I snap anything that appears in my field of vision that’s interesting. By the way, the boot camp is a fantastic idea and I feel totally different to how I usually feel at the start of my day, so the boot camp is a keeper. It will be interesting to see if I can keep it up and if I still enjoy it some time from now, but in all honesty I just have to change boot camp locations regularly because the local area is packed with stunning views and great things to see and experience.

You can click through the different pages of the gallery using the numbers underneath. If you click on a photo it opens in the lightbox view, enabling you to see larger images and click through them one by one. But for the best hands-free experience, just click the ‘click to switch to slideshow’ link and enjoy.

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Stefan Molyneux – The Story Of Our Unenslavement

I embedded one of Stefan Molyneux’s videos earlier on this blog, called ‘The Story Of Your Enslavement.’

I like Stefan’s videos and include them here because they always make me think and they do so in a way which helps me to understand why my financial and business independence is important, along with many other things. To expand on this, I feel that it is risky to rely on anyone else, because others have their own agenda. Every time I put this theory to the test, the results come back the same – independence and freedom are a crucial part of the ExRat way.

I thought it was fitting to add the follow-up video to that one here. In this video Stefan expresses his viewpoint that statism is just another religion – it has similarities in the churches, symbols, deities, rewards and punishments plus it relies on the control and abuse of children.

He feels that the solution lies in raising our children without the language of the state – instead of aggression, raised voices and hands, bullying, control, punishment and manipulation we should instead choose gentleness but firmness coupled with love.

He suggests that violence is a language that we must unlearn, because then the state will reveal itself as just a silly superstition.

I believe that it’s an important part of anyone’s personal development to find the kind of material that makes us stop, think and ask more questions of ourselves and of the world around us.

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Leverage, Liquidity, Re-Hypothecation & The Shadow Banking System’s Current Difficulties Explained In Layman’s Terms

I am increasingly finding myself drawn to ZeroHedge.com to further my education regarding the current financial crisis involving the banking/financial system. It’s also refreshing to read this website after seeing the tripe served up by the mainstream media.

I read an article this morning regarding ‘Why The UK Trail Of The MF Global Collapse May Have “Apocalyptic” Consequences For The Eurozone, Canadian Banks, Jefferies And Everyone Else.’

The article draws heavily on Reuters for it’s references which is always a little bit more reassuring. It’s not a quick read but it explains how financial investments are leveraged up to four times larger than they should ever be within the shadow banking system and how this has led to a situation where one weak link in the daisy-chain of debt can now bring down the whole house of cards and more than likely will at some point.

I consider it essential reading for anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about this subject and if you’re in business or have anything to do with money (all of us, in other words) you really should try and keep abreast of what’s going on in the higher echelons of financial ‘society’ because their shenanigans affect us all.

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Keiser Report 218 – 071211 – Hank Paulson, Hedge Funds And Why You’re Experiencing Austerity

This is probably the best Keiser report I have seen. If you have ever wondered what on earth really happened within the banking sector and financial markets in 2007/2008 and why, then the first fifteen minute segment of this video will cast a lot of light on the answer.

Max and Stacy talk about Hank Paulson and this interesting and enlightening story. The story is also discussed on Bloomberg, Rolling Stone and ZeroHedge.

In the second half of the video, Max talks to Jon Thorisson of the Eva Joly Institute. In a fascinating interview, Jon talks about the Icelandic banking collapse and how the perpetrators are apparently hiding out in the City Of London.

Max and Jon also talk about the need for people to ‘wake up’ and see what is happening to their financial world around them and Jon asserts that part of this problem is that the press isn’t free and he also explains the ‘plasma screen’ theory.

I’ve embedded a few Keiser report videos on this site, but so far this one is the cream of the crop. If you haven’t watched it, I urge you to take thirty minutes out of your life to listen to some real straight talking.

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Entrepreneurial Wealth Creator? You’re In The Wrong Job

This story caught my eye today –

Lawyers In Hacking Scandal To Earn Up To £200 Per Hour

It’s one of those stories in the newspaper that wasn’t placed on the home page of the website in a manner which would draw attention to it. In fact, since I opened that story about an hour ago, it’s now disappeared off the front page altogether.

I wonder why that happens, eh?  Is it so that the newspaper can appear to uphold it’s impartiality by appearing to ‘report the news’, without mentioning the fact that editorial control means that this interesting story can easily be buried very quickly beneath much more important stories like –


EweTube shows ram’s mating acts

Jacko:top-earning dead celebrity

Amanda Knox and I ‘need each other’ says Sollecito


It’s also interesting to note that the headline and sub-heading is actually out-done in terms of shockingness by the final sentence, which many people won’t even see.

This last sentence is the defence offered by a lawyer against the accusation that paying lawyers £200 an hour from taxpayers’ money over a long period of time to work on an inquiry into the hacking scandal is too much money and not value for money.

Here is the ‘attack’ –


Robert Oxley, campaigns manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said of the Leveson inquiry: “With an issue that affects the foundation of democracy, there has to be a proper investigation in to the allegations.

“But it is important the investigation represents value for taxpayers’ money and that the result is to restore faith in the organisations and not to bolster the pockets of well-paid lawyers.”


And here is the defence –


Mark Stephens, of Finers Stephens Innocent, who has worked on previous inquiries, including Bloody Sunday, said the hourly rates were a fraction of usual fees. He said a barrister in an inquiry could command £1,000 an hour, while a solicitor could earn £300 an hour. He said Lord Justice Leveson had to be commended for preventing lawyers treating the inquiry as a “money cow”.


£1000 an hour? That’s some income. £200 an hour isn’t to be sniffed at – I’d take it. Take a moment to consider the state of the economy around the world and also to consider exactly what it is that these people do – how much value do they provide society for that money?

I guess that they would take the position that they are essential in ‘upholding law and order.’ Others would suggest that it’s people and earnings like this that will ultimately be responsible for the total breakdown in law and order.

I think it’s safe to say that there’s a lesson here.

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