As regular readers will know, I am currently in the process of writing and publishing my upcoming non-fiction book ESCAPE THE CUBICLE – QUIT THE JOB YOU HATE. CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE.
It’s a book that will help you to find your passions, live on purpose and unleash your potential.
The book targets mainly corporate professionals or anyone who feels stuck in their jobs or lives and wants to do something that is more exciting, which they can be passionate about.
So why did I write this book?
I think that the book you write first is the book you need to write for yourself.
And you will most likely write the type of book that you typically love to read.
I am a self-help junkie and regularly read a tonne of positive psychology and self- development books.
And I started to read these books when I decided that I wanted to change my life. I no longer wanted to be a corporate slave.
Instead, I wanted to live to my highest potential and do work that mattered to me. I wanted to find my passions and live on purpose and unleash my highest potential. I wanted to feel alive!!
But I had spent too many years believing that I could never be a full-time writer or run my businesses. Then I learned that these are all mindset deformities!
And that’s why I wrote Escape the Cubicle.
I wrote this book primarily for myself.
It shows the exact framework or steps I discovered and used to change my life to the one I wanted; from being a bored office worker to running my businesses and writing and publishing books.
By documenting this framework into a book, I was able to codify the exact steps I had taken to discover what I wanted in my life.
Why I choose to be an author-entrepreneur
I have made a conscious decision to be an author entrepreneur. That means I choose to be a professional independent author.
This option allows me to retain creative control. It also allows me to be the CEO of my media company.
You are an entrepreneur when you solve a problem and create value.
And I create value and help solve problems through my writing. And that is exactly how my book came into being.
Many people have asked me how I found my passions and purpose and this book will now be able to help others.
ESCAPE THE CUBICLE is the solution for people who want to find their passions, live on purpose and do work they love.
If you like books by Tim Ferris (Four hour work week), Susan Jeffers (Feel the Fear) then you will like my book too.
I view books as my ‘medicine’.
They help me to overcome challenges and hurdles. Books are like having a great conversation with some of the greatest minds on earth.
By the time I had written the first draft of this book, I had quit the job I had hated and started to make huge leaps in creating the life I wanted to love.
I went from a corporate slave with no freedom to run my businesses (a coaching practice, publishing business as well as building a tech startup) and living life on my terms. And I want to help you do the same.
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Escape The Cubicle – Sukhi Jutla- 1st Chapter Preview
Chapter 1. My Story
‘’And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom’’ – Anais Nin
My Personal Quest for Purpose and Passion
My journey to finding my purpose started almost ten years ago. I had a nagging little feeling at the back of my mind that I didn’t want to study economics at university or pursue a career in finance. But, like many, I drowned out that doubting voice to uphold expectations from family and society.
After graduating from a top -tier university, I followed the crowd into the twinkling (and somewhat deceiving) bright lights of the City of London, where I secured a very well paid job in the heart of the financial district.
There, I sat alone in a grey corporate cubicle, staring at Excel spreadsheets for fifteen hours a day, slowly feeling the life and energy sucked out of me through the piercing fluorescent lighting.
That nagging feeling quickly turned into a heavy ache in the centre of my chest. This was worsened by a dragon of a boss, who evidently hated her job (and possibly her entire life) and made it her personal mission to make my life as miserable as hers.
I fled that corporate cell after two years.
By that time, I knew I had to spend my days doing something that mattered to me, satisfied my craving for learning and enabled me to grow as a person. So I jumped ship from an investment bank to a management consultancy.
I was doing work that was better suited to my skills, travelling the world and living the life I had imagined. But after a short five years, I felt that familiar ache in my chest flare up again.
Although I had changed jobs, I had only moved horizontally into the same field of work. Although something had changed, nothing had changed.
So I went back into the market searching for a job that would make me happy forever. But deep down, I knew this couldn’t make me happy, as I no longer wanted to work in finance or for a corporate giant. But what else could I do after over a decade in this sector? I didn’t have any other skills. I couldn’t see any other opportunities.
I spent many more months in a confused and frustrated state. I felt stuck in a job I didn’t care about, not knowing how to move forward.
All I knew was that I didn’t want to do it anymore. Long hours drained my energy. I had put on weight over the years, neglecting my health. I had chronic neck and back pain thanks to stress and being desk-bound, hunched over a laptop working on meaningless PowerPoint presentations that I knew no one cared about, myself included.
It got to the stage where I dreaded going into the office. I hated the four-hour daily commute, squashed trains and working with people who drained my energy. I was increasingly dissatisfied with the way my life was turning out.
I had checked off the boxes I thought would make me happy: an excellent education, a well-paid job in a respectable industry. But deep down I was fed up, frustrated and unhappy.
Feeling stuck and stagnated, I felt like I had no control or direction over my life. Like a drifting ship in a vast, tumultuous ocean, I felt utterly lost.
What I did know was that I no longer wanted to do this type of work or live this lifestyle anymore. But I also knew I had no clue as to what to do next.
And then I got a wake-up call from Life.
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