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A book that will change mindsets. Practical too.
3 January 2018
Although strictly speaking not a "how to" on how to escape the rat race, this book has a far more important and ambitious objective, to change the way you think.
If you want to escape the rat race, then the toughest hurdle to overcome is to change your mind - to see the current system for what it is - a mug's game. Time and again I meet people who could escape the rat race but who *choose* not too, because they are still totally invested in the ways of thinking about work and life that came into being with the start of the industrial revolution. This book does a great job at shattering those illusions.
For those that are able, with the help of this book, to gain some perspective, then the actual path to escape is relatively straight forward. Spend a heck of a lot less than you are doing now, quit your job, get rid of the mortgage, live frugally. There are plenty of practical ideas in this book for those ready to escape and be free, and even more if you follow the copious links to further references contained within.
It has been said you can do anything if you know the "why", this book is an entertaining, well written, humurous, and thoroughly researched attempt at providing that. The historical aspects that are covered may seem irrelevant to people who feel something is wrong with their current life, but remember the book's objectives, to change mindset is an important one. The historical context of why things are the way they are is an important part of the anti-dote to our "consumptive" economic system.
If you are looking to make some fundamental changes in your life, and work less, have more fun and be happier, than I would whole-heartedly recommend this book.