Lesson 5: Your Escape Plan

Sonia was a 34-year-old lawyer from Canada. She had spent the last ten years busting her ass for her firm, often worked 80-hour weeks. In that time, she worked her way up and made herself indispensable to her firm. One day, she approached her boss and told him that she was taking a year off. He could either hire her back when she came back or she’d go find work somewhere else. Her boss agreed.

She spent the next year living throughout Europe, in Italy, France, Holland and London, before returning back to her job.

Jeff was a 26-year-old from the US. In 2007, he joined a volunteer organization through his university and spent the summer working in Kenya. He fell in love with it. Upon graduation, he returned to Africa and took his hand at running a small organization himself. It was tiring but it paid off, as it got him into a prestigious graduate program in London. Between semesters he backpacked around Europe on the cheap.

Upon graduation, before returning to Africa to head up his own organization, which he founded, based on his graduate thesis, he spent two months in India.

Matt took advantage of a study abroad …

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