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 – celebrate the exciting feeling of knowing that change is coming your way. The next few pages cover that exciting and terrifying period in between resolving to leave and the moment you walk out of those doors for the last time.

You may work in an environment that is genuinely doing you no good at all but even though you probably need to get out of there as soon as possible, you still need to be careful that you’re not just running away from something. Once you’ve made the decision that you’re going to leave . . . what do you do next? You need a plan!

Way before actually resigning Scott Gilmore, founder of Open Markets, spoke to other people who had launched their own charity or social enterprise: “from them I got the sense that this would be hard, but it was possible”. He also spoke with his father, a successful entrepreneur, and obtained his guidance and advice about how to start and grow a business.

Once Jon Warren made his mind up to escape private wealth client management he stopped standing outside the office with the smokers talking about how he was going to move to Spain and set up a business. Instead he started putting together ideas and business plans during his lunch break. He now runs his own food company on the Bay of Biscay called San Sebastian Food, creating unique food and wine experiences.

Unless your plan is to quit without a plan (i.e. to give yourself breathing space or to go on a big adventure), KEEP YOUR JOB! The most sure-fire way to end up back in another corporate job that drives you up the wall within six months is to quit without knowing what you’re going to do or without enough of a financial safety net. Remember Roz Savage’s advice – evolution not revolution.


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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