Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Work Week) calls it The deferred life Plan. Alastair Humphreys (who cycled around the world) calls it The Race To The Biggest Gravestone. Randy Komisar (author of The Monk and The Riddle) calls it “The Biggest Risk of All” (the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later). In the context of corporate jobs, we call it the “I’ll do This For 5 Years And Then I’ll Go do Something Else” promise.

Our moment of truth came when we realized that we were no longer kids and that it was time to take responsibility for our path in life. Just the other day we were fresh-faced graduates with ideals, naïvety and dreams. Then suddenly we were getting grey hairs. Time started going by really fast and, for some reason (perhaps it was the routine of the corporate world) seemed to be accelerating! Why were we spending our precious time doing things that didn’t matter to us?!

Spending time doing work that you don’t want to do, you are wasting valuable time that could be spent discovering new interests and devel- oping skills, contacts and experiences in new areas.


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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