Meet Roz Savage.

The year is 2000. She is 33 years old. She seems to have the perfect life: a job (management consultant, of course!), a husband, a home and a little red sports car. Fast forward to March 2006, she is 38, divorced, homeless, and alone in a tiny rowing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Today she is a world-famous, TEd-speaking adventurer and environmental campaigner.5

How did this happen? One day, fed up with sitting on the commuter train “wondering whether this was what life was all about”, she sat down and wrote two versions of her obituary. The first one was the one she wanted to have. The second one was the one that she was heading for. In her own words: “the difference between the two was startling. Clearly some- thing was going to have to change.”

We’re not suggesting that you should quit your job and go and row around the world. The thoughts that drove Roz to make such big changes and the subsequent process of transitioning are what make this story relevant. It is easy to get so bound up in the race to climb your career ladder that you can often forget to ask whether you are climbing the right one. looking ahead to the end of your life can be a powerful way of putting your week-to-week decisions and worries in perspective.


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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