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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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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This book is motivating in the best way. It helps shred the little nagging barriers to taking time to live now and not in some distant someday. Great pace and info. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I read it... and he does make a good case for giving this a whirl, but it seemed more oriented towards upper-level execs to whom a company might actually feel they owe something. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by China Roses
It helped me discover what a sabbatical could do and really showed how anyone can go on a sabbatical regardless of how much you make or even if you have a family or other... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I had been kicking around the idea of taking some time away from work for several months. I read this book in 4 nights, and finalized the details of my short sabbatical within a... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Denise R Hicks
This book is definitely useful for us career driven folks who have made the decision to take a sabbatical but simply need motivation and inspiration on how to plan one well. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Milly
Beyond the great practical how-to advice, Escape 101 is inspirational and makes you rethink life in the rat race. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Fernando
This is the perfect book for making your fantasy sabbatical happen, precisely because it takes everything out of the realm of pure fantasy and addresses all of the real world,... Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Brooke Thomas