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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,797 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire L 1 on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 25 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Hendrix on 31 May 2013
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I write this review as an "escapee" who left banking 18 months ago and co-founded a B2B company, so it was interesting to read the book and see it from the "outside" looking in before one makes the leap of faith. I skipped the "adventure" and "get a new job in social enterprise etc" chapters, as they don't interest me, and have to say that the book is 5 stars for inspirational writing alone!

Great aspects:
1. Really emulates the true nature of leaving a job (people who are supportive, people who want you to fail to justify their trapped lives) which is overlooked and not to be underestimated.
2. Quotes very relevant throughout the book (once you are your own boss you can never go back, start small and grow etc)
3. It's very easy reading so there's no excuse not to read it.

Less than great points (not negative aspects per se, just my thoughts):
1. Lacks detail about executing a startup - but the book is about "escape" so I understand the reason to avoid what could be another 100+ (or 1000) pages. Best left to another book.
2. Talks too much about Escape the City as the "business" - they have 1000s of members they could have prepared case studies on, rather than just insert a few random people with/out context in 1-2-3 sentences. People like to read actual stories rather than fillers, and having an escape story distilled makes you appreciate an escape (alas, once again, the benefit of the ESC website is invaluable here)
3. More corporate horror stories about the future that awaits if you stay - the ESC e-mails are brilliant as are the cartoons - shocking people never goes amiss to force action.

This book is essential reading, and despite the fact that it doesn't present a roadmap to an escape (it doesn't pretend too if you read the cover), it will get people to think about what they do every day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Zannides on 14 Aug. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Antonio on 18 Nov. 2013
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The Book is filled with many examples of professionals leaving their "corporate jobs" to live an adventure, run their own businesses or simply slow down their lives. The book is concerned about the current "State of Job" and offers different views about how to manage your career (and even your life!) without pushing you to leaver your job inmediately: they ask you to think about what you want to do, how much money you have to save for your escape, etc
A good read if you re planning a different move in your life and career
J
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Brownsdon on 29 May 2013
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I've never really worked in a corporate job in the city, and even though I don't really need to "Escape" - I love this book.

It reminds me on the difficult days why I decided to take the more unpredictable start-up/portfolio career path. It inspires me with stories of success.

The world of work is changing, and you now have so many choices. The sky is the limit. It's our responsibility to make our lives worth living.

It can be difficult to know where to start, but you know what can help you? This book!
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I was directed to Rob, Dom & Mikey’s blog after reading about Escape the City somewhere. Their story sounded very familiar – as a management consultant I recognized their struggles with the corporate threadmill. When the book came out, I ordered a copy. It didn’t disappoint – and that’s an understatement.

The book is very inspirational, well-structured and pleasantly written. Rather than being cynical and telling me how to quit my dayjob, it makes you reflect about certain elements in your career (and life, even). It charges you with ideas, e.g. through all the valuable pointers to interesting blogs, websites, books and people. It goes over certain thought blockers and the epiphanies that you easily overlook – It’s so easy to go back to reality and remain in your own safe comfort zone. It handles the money question (and excuses to sit tight because of it). The book is divided in two parts – pre and post escape.

The book ultimately was the last push I needed to make the leap – I ‘escaped’ my consultancy job and am now working as a NGO program director abroad. I am very grateful to Esc and highly, highly recommend the book. There is no guidebook for career change – but this one comes closest.
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