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Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind Paperback – October 15, 2007

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: The Brain Ranch (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973978228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973978223
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Global Wanderer on March 21, 2011
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There are a few authors who have done an excellent job in putting "time off" into a step-by-step action plan. Clements and Gignac fall into this category. While their way of detailed planning might not be for everyone, if you like some hand-holding, this book is for you. Escape 101 deals with mental roadblocks you face, be it financial or family/children, and how to overcome them. The book also talks at length about the benefits of taking time off and what it takes to make this period of your life successful. I like that the book is conservative when it comes to planning, both financial and otherwise. The book deals with arguments for sabbaticals and identifies them correctly as an investment in your future. It explains the many benefits of them, and gives advice on how to handle fears and anxiety. The authors, Clements and Gignac, provide good thoughts on the time after your time off as well. Overall, Escape 101 is a solid book that makes preparation for your potential time off much easier.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Burton Kent on October 4, 2009
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First of all, this is NOT a book on where to go and what to do after you've made your break for freedom. If you want to know what to do with your free time, and where to go, this is not the book. You can also find hundreds of travel guides, websites, etc. to help you plan what you'll do with your freedom.

This book is more important than that. Next to "The Four Hour Workweek", it's the ONLY book I know of that shows how you can actually grab your freedom this year. Not in 2 years, 10 years, or when you retire.

You can start today. Now.

Most of us work 30+ years during the prime of our lives, just so we can someday retire, and do what we want. That's a huge, huge waste of life. Don't wait.

I got my hands on this book at a REALLY good time. I'm starting a new job after doing web development for 2 years. My girlfriend is a medical transcriptionist and hasn't had a vacation in over 5 years. (As the book says, she doesn't have a business, she owns a job. She needs to change this if she wants more freedom)

The biggest thing stopping most people from taking a sabbatical or time off from work is mindset. The second thing stopping most people is logistics. How to arrange things (especially finances) so your life doesn't fall apart while you're away.

If you're like most people, you're probably wrong. Wrong about how hard it is to take time off. Wrong about how much it costs. Wrong about whether you'll be able to get the time you need from work. Wrong about how much it will disrupt your life. Most of us have been in the rat race for so long, that it's hard to imagine another way. Even when we hear stories about someone else that did it, it's hard to imagine it for ourselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. S. on February 17, 2009
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This book is mostly about convincing yourself that you CAN get over your fears of time, money and safety to take a sabbatical. If you need that, this is a good book. However it's almost completely void of practical tips and as such rates near the bottom of sabbatical books. I'd suggest instead "Bring your Own Children South America," or almost any other book on long term trip planning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clay Collins on March 19, 2008
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This was a great read. The book is as much about boldly creating personal change as it is about escaping our comfort zones. It's not another over-romanticized travel guide for 20-somethings. It is deeply grounded in reality, was written for everyone from business owners to parents, and provides a step-by-step plan for getting its readers on sabbatical.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lclark1 on November 15, 2011
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I purchased this book roughly 1 1/2 years ago. At the time of my purchase, I was stressed and heading for burnout in my current career. The impacts of that began to spill over into my personal life. I knew it was time for me to do something different. None of the "How to Relieve Your Stress" books, seemed to help me. I knew I needed some time of; to reflect on my life and my purpose. I knew that if I could figure out a plan to take a sabbatical, I could then use that time off to determine where my life would be headed next. This book provides a comprehensive way to achieve that. It provided hope and reasonable solutions to assist you in your goal of a sabbatical.

Nine months ago I started my sabbatical. I am now heading back to work. It has been a tremendous journey. The book refutes the notion that you must be wealthy to do this. In a tough economy, I am proof, that if you remove the obstacles that say you 'can't', you actually 'can'...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Shea on February 15, 2008
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Escape 101 is a book that dismantles all the roadblocks to finally taking that sabbatical, with a special emphasis on the biggest one: changing the "there is no way I could pull it off" attitude. I managed to get my life and business partner to slow down long enough to read the section on how small business owners can escape, too (and with children). It definitely opened his mind to the possibility. With any luck, I'll get him to read the other chapters and maybe we can start planning!
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I took a trip to Paris last fall and came home wanting more international travel and less workworkwork (I work about 60 hours a week). While hiding from my family over the holidays, I found this book in the Kindle version. I think it took less than a day to read.

What I liked about this book is that it's not just about what steps a person needs to implement in order to take a 'sabbatical', it begins with all the ways we put obstacles in our own paths in order to avoid making scary changes. This I could relate to completely - in 2012 I took an overseas trip, and thought about putting work on hold for awhile in order to travel, and then my fears took over ("what about my house?" What about my retirement plan?" What about my pets?", etc, etc, etc) and I ended up working MORE!

At any rate, this little book really challenges our inherent tendency to believe that we really cannot do something like work less (or not at all) in order to follow our passion, whether it's traveling, volunteering, going on a mission of some sort, or writing the next Great Novel.

I passed this book on to my boss, who passed it on to her cousin, who has now dumped her unemployed boyfriend, quit her job, moved to another state to be closer to family, and is taking some time to really figure out what she wants to do next!

I'm happy to report that I'm saving my pennies so I can take my own sabbatical. Thanks to this book, I realized I can do it, and this time, I WILL!
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