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 fails, I’ll learn more trying to start a business than I have ever done doing anything so far and I won’t have to pay tuition fees.”

Dom could easily have spent two years getting into debt chasing another qualification and it wouldn’t have been seen as a big risk. So he began thinking about starting a business differently. It was like a Masters he wasn’t going to pay for and if it failed, he could simply find a new job.

Once we’d had the idea, we weren’t prepared to carry on in our jobs with the nagging “what if’s”, never knowing whether we’d have been able to pull it off. Both of us called Escape the City a project and a com- munity before we ever called it a business. In this way, and especially before we resigned, we were playing a subtle mind-trick on ourselves – removing some of the pressure.

Rather than thinking about the risks of making a change, perhaps you should ask yourself what the risk is of not doing what you really want to do with your life?


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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