The Escape Manifesto – Discussion #1: An Esc Manifesto (in draft)

As those of you who follow Esc will know, we want to explore the ideas around the phenomenon of people ‘escaping the city’ with the aim of helping more corporate professionals to make brave and exciting transitions.

There is certainly no single way of understanding all the various strands related to our concept (jobs, money, career, meaning, work, entrepreneurialism, life, fulfilment, etc, etc!) and we want to encourage as much discussion as possible with the aim of learning more and pushing Esc onwards to greater heights.

So, every week from now on, we are planning on introducing a particular idea / concept / thought with the objective of having a discussion in the comments. If you’ve got something to share, please do get involved!

Oh, and if you’ve got an idea for Escape the City please let us know about it via this form.

Introducing this week’s discussion

Escape the City is a business built around an idea. What is our idea? The fact that we believe there is more to life than doing work that doesn’t matter to you in big corporate companies.

Any concept, movement, or philosophy that has ever achieved anything has a call to action, draws a line in the sand, or has a manifesto. We hope that Esc has a clear definition of what it stands for (our videos also attempt to do that).

But we wanted to take things to the next level with a clear statement of why we’re doing what we’re doing and what we think the solution could be…

Please let us know what you think in the comments. What’s missing? What do you really like about it? What don’t you like?

Escape the City – A Manifesto

All our life we jump through hoops.

Often without asking why.

It’s easy to feel stuck – a small cog in a big machine.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

Don’t waste your life living someone else’s.

Don’t wait for permission.

Life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter to you.

Want your memoirs to be worth reading?

Make your choices your own. Be brave. Be inquisitive.

Stop using lack of money or experience as an excuse.

You don’t have to risk it all to explore new options.

It is possible to find work that really makes you tick.

Our world is changing. Careers are changing.

Take advantage or keep your head down. You choose.

The winners are building lives on their own terms.

Take small leaps. Meet people. Ask for help. Save. Plan.

Change jobs. Build businesses. Go on BIG adventures.

Start something you love. Push. Sweat.

No one ever changed the world by toeing the line.

You are capable of more than you realise.

This is no dress rehearsal – make it count.

There will never be a perfect time.

And the first step is often the hardest.

So stop dreaming, start planning…

…and Do Something Different!


  • http://www.alastairhumphreys.com Alastair Humphreys

    If you try something and don’t like it you can almost always go back to what you were doing before.

  • Graham Milton

    I think it unique and compelling but above all its brave. Lots of people dream about starting a business or going on a big adventure but for ‘career driven people’ (if you excuse the expression) it just too easy to put it off or just think your crazy. It’s perhaps a bit of a tabo topic…..

    What’s missing- more networking would make Esc a real weapon. Speed networking maybe. BNI style networking (form regional groups of complementary skills and experience that meet once a month) and/or online networking-profiles etc

    • Rob – Escape the City

      Thanks very much Graham. We’re definitely on the case with more networking (meet-ups, city-by-city escape groups, etc). Watch this space on the site for a more prominent and easy way to connect with like-minded people and hopefully more offline events as well.

  • http://www.findmeachallenge.com Jon Stephens

    I think that is pretty well crafted guys. Good job. The only thing I would think about adding is something about making changes not always being easy – you have to be up for the challenge. There will be ups and downs, but that’s what makes it more satisfying when it comes-off.

    • http://www.escapethecity.org Rob

      Absolutely. “It’s definitely not easy but it’s always worth it.” Or “often worth it”?! Because obviously we can’t be blinkered about quitting your job – it doesn’t always work out for the best. But as Al said above – if it doesn’t work out you can usually always go back to what you were doing before.

      Thanks Jon.

  • http://www.peoplelikeus.me.uk Hattie B

    This is great guys! I would also ask “is there a big enough reason why not?” to the questions to ask – whenever I’m wavering this gets me everytime.

    Thanks for creating such a great corner of the interweb for people like me who refuse to settle. Love!

  • Julian

    Here you can find a very inspiring manifesto:

    And Nigel Marsh says some very true and inspiring things about the world of corporate jobs: