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One day I was at home in a deep concentration when my phone rang. I did not want to answer, but it broke my concentration. It was my friend on the other end seeing what I was up to and when I would have time to hang out with her. I told her I was very busy and wouldn’t be available for a while. She inquired about what had been been keeping me so busy. I answered with “planning my corporate escape.” She laughed so hard at my idea and could not fathom what I meant. I told her I was planning to leave the workforce as early as 40. I think she brushed off my plan as nonsense; however, over the years she has come to realize I wasn’t joking.
My goal is to retire in the year 2020. I am among the ranks of a growing number of disillusioned workers who chose to chart their own path.
If you’re considering your own great escape, but are afraid or confused about what lies on the other side, here are some reasons we are making the leap:
Reason 1: Quality of life. So many workers are unhappy with their jobs or overworked, overstressed, and undervalued. Leaving the grind represents a step towards living a life they love.
Reason 2: Work/Life Balance. Many people realize that money cannot buy happiness. Loving relationships are what make life worthwhile. Workers are escaping overwhelming jobs to have more time to spend with loved ones, go on vacation, and pursue their passions
Reason 3: Financial Growth. We were taught literature in school but not financial literacy. Many Escapees realize that the true road to wealth isn’t found as a cog in a hamster wheel. They are either supplementing their salaries with additional streams of income or starting their own businesses where they are able to be at the top of the pyramid.
I go into detail about my reasons for rethinking my life in my planning your corporate escape book series. What is your reason to escape? Is it to spend more quality time with family? To travel the world? To start the business of your dreams? Discover your reason and go for it!!! You can do this too. Feel free to share in the comment box below. I can’t wait to hear your success story!
“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.”— Robert G. Allen