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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (20 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857083627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857083623
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An intensely practical guide, encouraging you to stick to your guns and strive for something different."  (Elite Business, May 2013)

“Seriously inspirational. A revolutionary handbook for the unfulfilled workers of the world.”
Roman Krznaric, Author of How to Find Fulfilling Work and Co-Founder of The School of Life

“Do as they say and do as they do. These guys have the keys to the chain that's keeping you locked to your desk. Time to escape.”

Jeff Jarvis, Author of What Would Google Do?

“A wonderful resource for anyone looking to move away from the corporate world and into a job they love. This guide will help you take that leap once and for all.”

Alexis Grant, Entrepreneurial Writer and Managing Editor of Brazen Life

“The Escape Manifesto really is a must-read for anyone sitting in their cubicle daydreaming about what else could be.”

Chris Mooney, Ex-IBM, Ex-Citigroup

“If you feel stuck and helpless, just commit to one thing – read this book. Everyone has a choice to find joy in their work; Rob, Dom, and Mikey have conveniently paved the road towards that.”

Julie Clow, Author of The Work Revolution

“The Escape Manifesto is a potent reminder of the power of initiative over procrastination. Do something. Start by reading this book.  But to change your life, then go out and do something different!”
Rob Archer, Founder of The Career Psychologist

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Rob, Dom and Mikey were fed up with the corporate treadmill. When they decided to change careers, they looked for a website to help them escape except there wasn t one. So they started their own. Three years later and they have started a movement called Escape the City. Over 100,000 people have joined www.escapethecity.org in pursuit of exciting and unconventional careers. They are the first online start–up in the world to raise more than £500,000 in investment equity crowdfunding and they did this entirely from their own membership.

The Escape Manifesto is the book that the guys wish they had read three years ago on the London Underground when they were commuting back and forth from their corporate cubicles. It is an inspirational call to action, packed with practical advice and encouragement. If you work in a corporate job that doesn t make you tick and you have ever wondered whether there is more to life, this book is for you. Step off the corporate treadmill find an exciting job, start your own business, or go on a big adventure. Stop dreaming, start planning and do something different!

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This book is good for people looking to make changes in their lives, but limited to professionals. I guess that goes without saying as it is in the title. It is well written and clear, however I think it is aimed at a certain group of people and therefore not necessarily that useful to me. Overall I think the main points can be applied to most people, so if you are looking at making a change, then do read this book.
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Got the book last week after a tough and long day at work and after reading this I was tempted to had in my notice the following day!
An excellent read and really makes you think that you are on this planet for a short time so what's the point of doing a mundane corporate job when there are now so many opportunities to follow your dream and follow your passion.
For people looking to quit and go it alone it gives some great advice and pointers to help you make your dream a success but also is realistic it that not everything is a bed of roses and it will require hard work and most likely in the first few years a reduction of disposable income.
Anyway a great read that really makes you take a long hard look at corporate life...........and then realise its best to escape!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It encouraged me to attend an Escape the City event and I have since recommended both the book and online community to friends & colleagues. I regularly return to key sections of the book when I feel I need a dose of inspiration - usually on the way to my job in the City. It is practical, useful and inspiring to anyone thinking there must be more to life than being another cog in a corporate machine.
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I have just finished reading this book and wow. I cannot recommend it enough if you're someone who hates their corporate job, had enough of the corporate environment and fed up with corporate bureaucracy.

Having expressed my frustrations with a few friends, one of them sent me a picture of this book in a book shop. I didn't think much of it for a few days, just thought the title was very relevant to my mood. But then something happened in work which led me to Google the title. I had a quick read of the reviews and was excited.

Ten pages into the book I honestly thought it was written for me - everything I read was bang on par with what I was feeling. I was so energised I was tempted to hand my notice in the next day!

The Escape Manifesto is a powerfully well written book, full of encouragement and great ideas to get you thinking about your escape plan.
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I won a copy of this book with an entry saying I needed a kick up the arse! The book is less a kick up the arse and more a comfort blanket that says "yes it's OK to feel that the corporate life is not for you" but that does not stop it being an inspirational and practical read.

It's worth buying a copy, just for the index of useful websites at the back. Some of the financial advice may seem obvious to me now I've gone through one redundancy, one sacking and one extended length of travelling,but I really wish someone had hammered the idea that "saving is a generally a good thing" into my brain earlier on in my career.

About to try and persuade my mum to buy her miserable management consultant god-son a copy!
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This was an excellent read representing the views of a large segment of people who are looking for a change but they are somehow trapped in their meaningless corporate jobs. Well done to the authors for escaping the rat race themselves and inspiring other to follow suit. The book is comprehensive offering both real examples and describing the process from realisation to escape. The ideas, examples and practical advice are flowing smoothly and there is plenty of scope for reflection whilst reading this. It's one of the books that you simply can't put down. Highly recommended not only as a read but also to act on the advice given. I know I have done and it has helped me significantly.
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Argues that ‘Life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter to you.’ Unfortunately, while a noble aspiration, it is easier said than done for most people, but reading this book could certainly help us all.
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I was given a copy of the Escape Manifesto the day before launch, and have barely been able to put it down since. It's full of inspirational quotes and stories of other people who have successfully escaped from the corporate grinder, in order to do what they want. What's so incredible about this, is that while many of them share the same kind of background, all of their escape stories are different. These stories alone could be a book, but the Escape Manifesto doesn't end there.

Each chapter is like a guide, gently nudging you toward the realization that you as well can escape. I say guide, because while this book is genuinely inspirational, it also comes full of practical advice for how to go about making the escape. You very quickly get the sense that these guys did a lot of research before making their escape, and it's all been condensed into this easy to read book. The references alone are worth the price of admission! (NB: I was given a free copy of the paperback, but bought the kindle version - it's that good!)

I've read a few books like this before, and while most of them were very inspirational they were also unable to answer that really tricky question - "if not this, then what?" This question is repeated throughout the book and while only you can answer it, this book will help you give the tools to do so. It gives you solid, practical advice for preparing and executing your escape as well as provide you with lots of inspiration and resources from other escapees.

If you feel stuck in your career - maybe even your life - then read this book. It'll give you the inspiration, advice and perhaps most importantly the courage you need in order to successfully escape!
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