Are you one of those people who have a good, well-paying job, but are no longer satisfied? If you want to take the plunge to realize a professional dream or start a business, but you still don't dare, maybe this book will be the tool to finally achieve it.
To write The Escape Manual for Prisoners from a Golden Cage, journalist Ariane Krol went to meet 12 people who dared to leave a job that was unsatisfying, even making them unhappy. Instead of remaining in a golden prison, they took risks and some even took a 180 degree turn.
"Although there have always been people who wanted to drop everything to do something completely different, it was mainly at the beginning of 2021 that people started talking about the Great Resignation in the United States. by Professor Anthony Klotz and we saw for the first time that there were massive numbers of people leaving their jobs," notes Ariane Krol, who adds that the movement then spread to Canada. It was in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, that reflections and questioning began.
“Thousands of workers dissatisfied with their conditions are leaving their jobs to find something better,” she says.
By doing her research, Ariane Krol also finds that it is not necessarily the lack of studies or knowledge in a new environment that hinders most, but rather their knowledge and their current success.
"Even if they don't see themselves continuing into retirement, they also don't see themselves giving up their current situation, they have way too much to lose," she says.
It's not always easy to leave a job over $100,000 even if you're fed up. For some, it will be a great vertigo, even if you follow your deepest aspirations, because when the status quo becomes intolerable, you have to move.
What do these 12 people whose turn is told in this book have in common?
“They are all resilient, persevering and they are also visionaries”, underlines the author.
Even when a situation seems enviable from the outside, when you live it and it becomes unbearable, you have to learn to venture even if the risks are very present.
"Because doing nothing is also a choice that we can just as much regret," says Ariane Krol.
And if you wonder if some have regretted their decision.
"The answer is no, no one would go back," she concludes.