You have two options

If you are unhappy with your current working situation you have two options. 1# Do Something. Start working towards something different. Experiment, Learn, Network (and repeat). Manage the risks you take according to your personal situation. EVERYONE can take some...

#escapemanifesto preview: Reject norms

Advocating non-conformity for the sake of it is the career version of the moody teenager who just wants to be different. We are not encouraging petulant rebellion, we are urging you to consciously differentiate yourself from the established way of doing things...

#escapemanifesto preview: Fight fear

Doing something different is scary. Quitting your job is scary. Starting your own business is scary. Having no income for a while is scary. Changing jobs is scary. Taking a point of view is scary. Cold calling is scary. Public speaking is scary. Being challenged is...

#escapemanifesto preview: Ignore cynics

If you are considering quitting your corporate job for something more exciting, unconventional or adventurous, many people will tell you that it isn’t a good idea. Sometimes these people will be your nearest friends and family. They’ll be naturally risk-averse because...

#escapemanifesto preview: Commit

Anyone who has achieved anything worth admiring, envying or copying has had to commit. At some point, they had to grit their teeth and turn inaction into action. They didn’t necessarily have to quit their job and tell everyone they’d ever met (although sometimes that...

#escapemanifesto preview: Get going with what you’ve got

The temptation is always to say “oh let’s just wait until we’ve got that bit built” or “we’ll be ready when x, y or z happens”. It’s really important to accept that nothing is going to be perfect and you can usually always change things. Escape the City will probably...

#escapemanifesto preview: Bin the business plan

The temptation to write a 50-page business plan before or while you build your business is very strong. You feel like you’re being responsible, anticipating all the likely scenarios and getting a proper plan in place. You’re applying all your corporate skills – you’re...

#escapemanifesto preview: Escape the Matrix

Living in a city, working in a big company, travelling on public transport, eating hand-to-mouth (sandwiches at your desk, supermarket ready- meals in the evening), magically getting paid at the end of each month (tax deducted), wearing your uniform (a suit like...

#escapemanifesto preview: Tell a good story

The definition of a good story? “A character that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it” (borrowed from A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller). What do you want? What stands in your way? Humans respond well to stories. Our brains remember...

#escapemanifesto preview: Reframe the risk

Dom rationalized his resignation in the following way: “If I was to tell people I was leaving to do a Masters the conversations I’d be having would all be about how much I’ll learn and how it was a good, safe option. But exactly the same goes for startups. Even if it...

#escapemanifesto preview: Don’t quit just yet

So you’ve decided you’re going to leave . . . Firstly, congratulations! Seriously. Many of us stay in the pre-decision cycle for years (if not forever). If you’re in a position to decide that you’re going to leave – even if you don’t know what you’re going to do next...

#escapemanifesto preview: Invest in yourself, not stuff

The two most constructive ways you can invest in yourself are through new experiences and education. You don’t have to quit your job to do either of these. D.H. Lawrence said that travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer. Rare is the person...