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Life swap: The essential guide to downshifting Paperback – 1 Dec 2004
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Fed up with your busy life? Spending too much and enjoying life too little? Trapped in a stressful cycle of work, salary and mortgage commitments? "Life Swap" shows you that there is an achievable alternative. We show you others who have done it, why and how they did it, and give you the reasons why they will never look back. A life change as big as this will never be simple. "Life Swap" gives you the full low-down on the emotional and financial traps, the psychology for success, the money issues, the work life balance and the trick to changing your habits and expectations. If you are thinking of changing your life or have ever wondered what it's like, this is the book for you. Discover how to turn your daydreams into reality.
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1. Do you really want to change your life?
2. Why do you want to change your life
3. Discover what is making you unstasified with your life
4. What life will you swap to?
5. Discover what you want from your future
6. Reality check - the downside of downshifting
7. The upside of downshifting
8. Ten top tips
9. Case studies.
What they really should be called is:
1. Do you want to life swap?
2. Are you really sure you want to life swap?
3. Why would you want to life swap?
4. How bad is your life to make you want to life swap?
5. Are you still absolutely sure you want to life swap?
6. A couple of positives and negatives that anyone could think of
7. A few tips that apply to any changing job/house situation.
8. A few people who did it but we're not going to tell you how.
I bought this book as my husband and I have decided that we want to relocate to another part of the UK. We'd already examined pros and cons and needed advice on how to go about it. This book doesn't touch on any of the "how's". Just lots of the "are you sures?" As a result, this book is next to useless for us as we've already made the decisions and need to find out how to do it! However, if you're still in the "I'm not sure" phase, then this book would be ideal for you, just don't expect any practical advice.
I used to want the counter culture move with the hut and honey all in, but this is realistic and user friendly and will bridge any stuck conversations that end in dissappointment. Nice price and value for my money, with hope built in. *****
Giving up work completely wasn't an option for me but Life Swap showed me the gears between overdrive and neutral. I opted for third gear. Work does not dominate me as it did and now I have the freedom to pursue other goals. I run my own business and have written two books. I can spend more time with friends and enjoy my garden and sport.
If you think your life needs a change, you'll make a better decision with the help of Life Swap.
Bad about the book: the book basically tells about the life swap from the perspective of successful businessperson. The book doesn't give much hope to people who do not have their apartment or car or other property at the moment. The book is written on expectation that the only one who wants to do the swap is someone a bit older person who has already gathered money and property and the main risk of the swap is just selling the old life away. However, if you happen to be a single-mom with three kids struggling with low-paid job, don't even dream of better days! You just don't have the money for it!
On the other hand, the book is simply realistic. Moving to country side IS more expensive than people think and no matter how idealistic plans you have, they're not going to come true without good financial plan. So the most important guideline from this book is: suffer and make money and when you've finally got enough (and lost your health and soul in the process) you're free to make the swap.
I have not yet made the great leap, but I have started to peer over the edge and identify just what is needed to do so. I recommend this book if you are also teetering on the brink. It might save you a lot of sleepless nights.