If you are at the beginning of your escape than it is good to ask yourself the above question. What does escaping mean to you? Coming from a coaching background I would change the question slightly. Instead of the above I would ask the following: Just imagine that you’ve managed to successfully escape the 9 – 5, what difference will that make for you and your family? And the challenge there is to make that list as long as possible by asking yourself ‘ What else? ‘ again and again until you can’t think of anything anymore. It’s really important to make that list as long as possible because you are going to need it when you feel down or lack motivation. Make a print out of that list and put it on a wall, preferably one that you see regularly.


Our oldest Timmy and youngest Sammy

Our oldest Timmy and youngest Sammy

For me it was really important to escape the 9 – 5 because of my family situation. One of my children was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. For the first 7 years of his life ( they were quite challenging for us ) I worked full-time and my wife was responsible for him most of the time. I won’t go into this situation too deep but this crisis really pushed me to find a way to escape. It became too challenging for my wife to look after him alone and I took a year off work to support her. Thank God I managed to find away to escape and this has given me and my family the freedom to do what is right for all of us. One of the things we could do was to home educate our son which totally changed his life. Not being restricted to 4 weeks holiday meant I could see my family in The Netherlands more often. It also meant that I could be creative and be in control of my own destiny. For the first 8 years of Timmy’s life we didn’t even think about having a second child. The freedom I received from escaping the 9 – 5 freed me up to support my family. Timmy started to do brilliantly in life and our situation changed so much that my wife and I started to discuss having another baby. And it didn’t take us long because 9 months later Sammy was born.


I would love to hear what difference it would make in your life if you managed to escape Please leave a comment below..

Take care


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