Here are some of the things we told ourselves whilst justifying why we weren’t getting any closer to leaving our jobs:

  • “We’re waiting for the right business idea…”
  • “We’re waiting to find our dream jobs…”
  • “We’re waiting to discover our passions…”
  • “We’re waiting for the right time…”

Waiting is passive and it involves a fundamental misunderstanding about the way the world works. We were like the little boys standing up against the wall in the playground, waiting to be picked for a team. The reality is that in order to find new opportunities, develop new interests, or come up with an exciting business idea you’re going to have to act.

We had fallen into the trap of thinking that we might wake up one day and “just know” what it is we were meant to do with our lives. Having worked on Escape the City for three years we now realize that this kind of thinking is extremely dangerous because it delays the essential work of taking the required steps to make things happen for yourself.


By now, you’re probably aware that we wrote a book (you helped!) and we’re excited to be really close to the final publish date. The Escape Manifesto (#escapemanifesto on Twitter) is the book behind the movement and is here to support, inspire and encourage us all to make big and brave transitions in our lives. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing snippets on this blog.

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