I've been a programmer, management consultant, ski bum, yoga teacher, risk manager, online educator and futures trader. I'm always exploring how to live life better.

Whatever else I do, I program computers (and have since the early 1980s).

My first career was management consultancy, including two years designing the trading systems at the London Stock Exchange. I moved to Morgan Stanley full time, where I managed risk and was fortunate to be promoted to Executive Director.

But I realised there was something more.

In the midst of the above I took a sabbatical working ski season where I met my wife, Sasha. And in 2007 spent a month at the Iyengar family’s yoga institute in Pune, India. I’d practiced yoga since 1995 and BKS Iyengar was widely regarded as the world’s foremost yogi. I’ve taught Iyengar Yoga ever since.

I left the corporate world, and moved from London to the rural west of England to focus more on family and yoga… but deviated from plan, setting up two or three web based businesses (failures!), and then spending a lot of time researching ways to invest and trade my own savings to generate an income. Something had to fund the family, and unfortunately yoga wasn’t it …

Since 2005 I’ve researched many investment methods. I’ve distilled the best concepts into DIY systems that give fantastic returns, with very little effort. I am grateful that these have given me the freedom to pursue my other interests and want to teach these systems to others.

I love learning and devour books, blogs and podcasts from thought leaders and those pursuing self improvement. I meditate daily.

All things that have re-inforced my experience that happiness is hard to find without:

  • health of body,
  • a clear and peaceful mind, and
  • (this is my real world addition) a safe financial foundation.

I believe it is important to continually develop, and I always keep these three concepts in mind.

For those searching for me online here’s a sentence full of words not mentioned above:
I attended Trinity School, studied Electronic Engineering at Southampton University, worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and live in Blagdon near Bristol, North Somerset, UK.
My previous email addresses (none of these work now) included: nick@longfamily.co.uk, nick@life-long.co.uk