Have you ever noticed how happy people are at this time of year?
They have escaped from work, escaped from the day to day drudgery of life, and they feel truly free.
Then, reality kicks in. The holiday is over and it’s back to 5am alarms, crowded trains, and a cubicle without a view. It’s happening already, every day on Facebook, the pitiful ‘return to work’ status updates are piling up like broken dreams.
Imagine living a life you didn’t need to escape from!
How The Great Escape Was Born
I was terrible at school but I had an incredible bond with my classmates, we were TROUBLEMAKERS. I think we were more interested in terrorising our poor teachers than actually doing school work.
We were disruptive and challenged authority, we talked about escaping from school and doing what we wanted. This behaviour led to me being expelled just before taking my HSC exams. My school mates ended up walking out in protest and thankfully I was allowed to do my HSC. One of the greatest days of my life was when they all walked out btw!
Together we had so much fun and the bond was incredibly strong! I’ve always been a troublemaker, challenging authority, wanting to do things my own way, and to create.
Understanding how to escape the 9-5 mindset has also been a great skill in business, which led me to a brain wave!! Entrepreneurs are troublemakers, they break the rules (legally) and find new ways to do things. They are disruptive and have a loyal tribe that would have their back no matter the challenge.
Escape The Boredom
I created The Great Escape because I wanted to recreate the fun I had in school. The Great Escape is like breaking out of school, with school being a metaphor for your job, your business or your life.
In business, I believe there are a number of Great Escapes you go through on the journey to success. The first one is escaping your job and doing your first $100k in business. The next one is going from$100k to the $1m jump, then the $1m to $10m jump and so on.
Each of these Great Escapes are tough! They are often preceded by a crisis and a psychological jump! Support is required but most people don’t get it, so they stay stuck! They end up comfortable being uncomfortable.
Create A Business Support Network
The Troublemakers and our Great Escape programs are designed to support leaders through this journey. Imagine having a group of troublemakers that think differently, are disruptive, and have your back. The most amazing thing is that our community and our social network are actually getting excited with these jumps and making these jumps fun! It’s become a badge of honour!
For 2016 graduate and 5-Minute Coach founder Jo Ford, her embarrassment around asking technology-related questions was holding her back in her business.
‘The best part of The Great Escape for me was connecting with and being inspired by mentors and participants who allowed a safe, judgement free space to ask my embarrassing tech ignorant questions.’
‘They encouraged me with patience and honesty and inspired me to take chances, find clarity, and get creative whilst focusing on something I usually avoid: making money!’
Overcome Challenges By Taking Action
In early 2016, Angela Wang was overcoming several challenges in her life that, without a support network of people on a similar journey, would have seen her retreat to a life of safety.
Instead, she was able to escape the shackles of self-doubt and negativity, took massive action, and launched By Lala High Tea +.
‘Participating in The Great Escape was fantastic because it put me into action!’
‘The fast-paced training meant I had to keep myself moving forward and taking action rather than just focusing on planning my business and making everything perfect on paper.’
‘I was able to learn key business strategies from an expert team, and had the support of both the mentors and other participants for every step along the way.’
The business world is changing! I believe the key is community! A team that is rallying behind you, opening up their networks to support you and helping each other escape a life of mediocrity to live a dream life is the key!
If you’re ready to make your Great Escape from the 9-5 and into the business you always wanted, register for The Great Escape now.