If you are considering quitting your corporate job for something more exciting, unconventional or adventurous, many people will tell you that it isn’t a good idea. Sometimes these people will be your nearest friends and family. They’ll be naturally risk-averse because they don’t want to see you in trouble (financially or otherwise). Other people will project their hopes and fears onto you if you do something different. You implicitly represent a challenge to their life choices. Expect criticism. Use this as fuel for your motivation!
Beware advice. There is an awful lot of unsolicited and bad advice out there. Advice is usually based on the experiences and worldview of the person giving the advice – not based on a real understanding of your goals. You are the only person who really knows what you are trying to achieve. When you ask people for advice they will generally tell you to do what they’ve done. Unless it went badly, in which case they’ll tell you to do the opposite. People give you advice based on what worked for them. Not necessarily what will work for you.
The world is full of all different types of people. It’s one of the reasons why life is so exciting. Optimists and pessimists, cynics and enthusiasts. When you’re making any big life change you really need to surround yourself with glass-half-full people. You need all the buoyancy you can get. The tricky thing is that often those closest to you will be the ones telling you that your plans are a bad idea. There’s very little you can do other than tell them that you’re really excited about your plans and that you’d appreciate their support.
Illegitimi non carborundum.
FROM CHAPTER 9: THERE IS NO GUIDEBOOK
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.