The Penniless Aristocrats Guide to Being Broke as a Joke

“You have to go broke three times to learn how to make a living”
Casey Stengel

If you have the courage to choose the simple life you might have the pleasure of experiencing life without money. I’m not being sarcastic when I say pleasure either.

Hopefully you won’t find your new broke status depressing. Being broke is relative and it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. For example if you are reading this then chances are you are in the top 10% of the World’s wealthiest people. Think about that for a second.

I’ve always maintained that there is nothing wrong with being broke, but there is a gigantic problem if you are depressing or even worse if you are boring to be around.

Trust me, you can have a lot of fun being broke. Especially if your time is your own!

You can make great art, have great sex, and have stimulating conversations with people you normally have no time for. You can play with your kids, spend time with your Mother. You can run. You can read and above all you can be joyous.

It’s all your choice.

I was never happy in my life as a freshly minted corporate mind slave. You can’t experience corporate cowardice everyday without it rubbing off on you. The childish behaviour of corporate life. The parental conversations with an arsehole Boss. The powerlessness and the feelings of helplessness in the face of corporate stupidity. All while trying to stay under the radar of the corporate knife forever looking to make some poor schmuck redundant.

By having the courage to ditch that shitty part of my life I found the key to enjoyment of life.


The freedom to be my own man. The opportunity to carve my own path at whatever time I chose to start in the morning. No more evil alarm clocks or hotel wake up calls from synthetic humans.

By waking up to the madness and crafting a different life experience I have gained the time to find the fun in life that I lost after my University days.

Being broke is not ideal, but just because you are broke it doesn’t mean you have to be boring or depressed. If you find yourself broke it’s a signal to unlock your creativity, to free your spirit, to rise up to the challenge. Trust in providence and stay the course. Things are all going to work out so you may as well adopt the mindset of the penniless aristocrat and have as much fun as you can along the way.

Just because you are broke it doesn’t mean you need to be boring.

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