How to Escape from the Day-to-Day Grind

Most of the people who choose to read this blog are interested in how to get out of the rat race and start working for themselves. This “dot com lifestyle” doesn’t have to be achieved through blogging, of course, so what other options do you have?

Eleven years ago, Peter Trevellian published a book called Escapology. The book has now been updated, revised and expanded for an audience in 2010. In fact, this is the tenth edition of the book and it serves as the subject of today’s review.

What’s Old Is New Again

Some people may scoff at books like that were originally published more than a decade ago. After all, things like Twitter and the Apple iPhone didn’t even exist eleven years ago. However, some of the content is “evergreen” and the rest has been updated to fit with contemporary life.

The book, which appears to be only available in e-book digital download format, spans over 400 pages and it describes various strategies of how you can “build passive streams of recession-proof income” and how you can “make insane amounts of money anywhere in the world.” We all want that, right?

Some of the e-book can be considered a tutorial or a guide, but a lot of it is based on real life experiences, not only of author Peter Trevellian, but also many of his readers, clients, and acquaintances. All in all, Escapology contains “101 easy ways to escape 9 to 5, become financially free, and have the time of your life.”

How to Escape the Nine-to-Five

The idea is that everyone is different and what may work for one person may not work for another. If you hate getting your hands dirty, a job as a construction worker probably isn’t appropriate. This is why Escapology offers 101 different methods for you to consider.

The first two chapters aren’t methods at all. Instead, they remind you that losing your job is “your lucky day” and that you shouldn’t get a job if you want to be rich. That’s because you’d still be trading hours for dollars, regardless of what hourly wage you manage to earn. Passive income streams, when implemented properly, have limitless potential.

Shown above is a brief snippet from the table of contents. You can learn how to be an Internet entrepreneur, for instance, as well as a passport broker, consultant, and a wealthy author.

Two Examples of Escaping

The actual content of the lengthy book may be interesting and valuable, but it is not without its faults. I found a great number of typos and other errors littered throughout the text, including errors in headers and titles.

Can you spot some of the issues with the excerpt above? They’re not sinful, but they do take away from the overall professionalism of the piece. Ironically enough, this is taken from the chapter for how you can make a large amount of money as a copywriter.

Instead of taking a flat fee, the author suggests that you take a percentage of the increased profit that your customers will enjoy as a result of your services. This opens up greater potential, but of course it comes at a greater risk as well.

One of the strangest methods described among the 101 strategies outlined in the book is to start your own religion. It starts off with a discussion of Jim Jones, but it goes on into how starting your own religion can be quite profitable. This reminds me of a South Park episode.

The chapter continues with a discussion on Scientology, selling inspirational books, and a career as a new age counselor. Interestingly enough, the next chapter discusses how you can be an independent missionary and earn “infinite returns on your investment.” How’s that for unorthodox?

Jailbreaking Your Life

I can’t really say whether the guidance provided in this book can be utilized by everyone, but simply exploring the different options available to you can really open your eyes to what is possible. There are chances at passive income streams all around you; you just have to see them.

The e-book is very text heavy, but it does offer some unique perspectives. From getting rich with an invention to running an import/export business, from tracing missing heirs to rock concert promoter, there is certainly quite a range for you to consider.

The e-book sells for $49.97 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.


68 thoughts on “How to Escape from the Day-to-Day Grind”

  1. Interesting… to say the least. Some of those methods seem a little out there, but I guess so do a lot of successful businesses before they take off.

    1. Nguyen Trung says:

      Yes, this is nice review for the book. I think it will be useful for business or person want to become entrepreneurs. Thanks Michael for the Review.

    2. Some of the idea’s that have made the most money were seen as a “little out there” until like you said they took off and made millions.

      1. Hey Michael,

        Great review. Considering that the book has been around for that long and that it still has spelling mistakes in it is quite amazing.

        It is probably a good read in spite of that and aside from some strange ideas that only a few would want to employ it likely has a lot of good ideas in it.


        1. d3so says:

          I thought the book was revised and updated.

          1. But presumably they did not think to switch on the spellchecker – duh 😉

          2. Apparently they don’t think much of spelling correctly.

          3. Yes, it is revised and updated to fit with the current trend.

          4. I have to overcome my addiction to proof reading but it is hard for me to do. Also, there are so many anomalies in the English language that a spell checker will not find all of the errors anyway

    3. PPC Ian says:

      Great job on getting 1st comment! 🙂 I do agree some of the methods are out there.
      All the best,

      1. d3so says:

        That’s kind of out there lol.
        Some methods are unorthodox but work because they are.

    4. While a good read, I don’t feel that its very realistic. Good fiction! lol, I think I’ll stick to my night job

    5. Some of these methods are totally shocking. Like the Religion bit. Its something too strong to chew in.
      Though the author of this article has written a good review, I would shy away from such books.
      Reason: It is better NOT to read certain books, just because they are popular, because the ideas which you glean might not be good for you.
      You see ideas are what remain with us. They make us and mould us to what we are.
      We put these across through our sites, our clothes, our food, our friends.
      So if the base is wrong, then we’ve gained nothing in life.

  2. John says:

    I will have to go check this out… I think that it could create a lot of value in my life.

  3. Just downloaded it.I hope it will be a good digital book.Thanks John.

    1. Good for you Bradley, I hope that you won’t go with any of the strange ideas like starting a new religion.

      1. Ya I know.I wont.hahaha

        1. Dan Lew says:

          Good on you Bradley, let us know if you got anything valuable from the book will you? 🙂

          1. PPC Ian says:

            I too would be interested, Bradley. I have very little time to read these days, but the book sure does look interesting.

          2. I’ll tell you that the book is great.It has okay valuable info.

          3. Why? Are you an affiliate for the book now, Bradley? 😉

      2. d3so says:

        Maybe starting a new denomination of an existing religion.

        1. May as well start your own before starting a new denomination.

    2. d3so says:

      Awesome hope you learn useful stuff from
      it. I wouldn’t be able to finish it,

    3. It would be good if you can make another review @Bradley.

  4. Like any book this book will only be as good as what you do with the knowledge that you’ve been empowered with. Only buy it if your serious about taking action, and are committed to reading it. That said, I can see this book opening up many doors which for $50 is a great deal. What’s $50 when you’re making much more from that with the knowledge you’ve obtained and moved away from a day to day job?

    1. PPC Ian says:

      $50 Is very small price to pay if the book truly helps you drive change in your life.

      1. I thought it was $47 so are you going to tell them to keep the change? 🙂

        1. Well, if you are making a good money then it wouldn’t be much compared to what you will learn.

  5. That “Start A New Religion” thingy is a turn-off. It goes to show that this is not as serious as, say, the 4-Hour Work Week. It’s actually creepy, by the way

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I must agree on this point. I wonder if John showed a different screen shot (and left that “new religion” thing out) if he’d sell more copies of this eBook?

    2. d3so says:

      What’s creepy the 4 hour work week?

      1. I think he meant that starting a new religion was creepy, not the 4 hour week.

    3. Whats creepy is that people actually do this kind of stuff all the time. Whats even worse is they actually get people to follow the new “religion” too.

      1. Yeah. It’s creepy. What’s more creepy is when people really make a new religion after reading the ebook.

  6. Boss this one is really interesting and will help those people who are still under confusion to left their job for online business.

    1. Alex Dumitru says:

      I don’t think this is exactly what the book is about, though leaving your job can be a great idea 🙂

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, i’m sick of my day job and would celebrate if I lost it but then I’d worry about money since I haven’t made it big online yet.

    2. PPC Ian says:

      Why not work at an online business? That way, you get all of the benefits of working for a larger corporation while doing what you love? I can’t say enough great stuff about the corporate pay per click career path.

      1. “Leaving your job can be a great idea” when you do it voluntarily 😉

  7. Alex Dumitru says:

    I don’t usually trust these kind of reviews, but this book really sounds interesting and I might order it.

    1. d3so says:

      It is interesting but I’ve never spent $50 on a book unless it was for school.

      1. Jeff Caceres says:

        I don’t really want to spend $50 with that book, which I think is only good for “big-timers” or those who have an average salary of $100-$200 a day. Hehehe. As for me, I only earn $200-$300 a month in my freelance job, and I’m not yet contented to it.

        1. Well I’m interested with the book but will not buy it now. Maybe few months after I settle down with my stuff, work, and Convocation.
          By the way I would love to read more review on this since it would be a great stuff to read.

  8. Everything was going fine until the “start a new religion” idea. We all know that religions take advantage of fear in their marketing but that’s too low, I think.


    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree the “start a new religion” idea is strange. I don’t like it either.

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, it’s a black area but very profitable if you can pull it off.

        1. It’s actually scary when you think about being able to get people to “follow” you in a religious aspect. What makes it even worse is people actually pull this off.

      2. Jeff Caceres says:

        I don’t like to change religions on my own, and it’s pretty strange to me. I love to be a Roman Catholic even if I’m given a second chance to live.

    2. Well that’s the one thing that will make people scared to buy the book. Unless it is only a word and does not means that we really need to start a new religion.

  9. While I agree that a book like this would be a great resource, the most important thing you will need to supply is something that doesn’t come from the book: the will to actually make something happen.

    All the ideas in the world are nothing more than ideas until someone acts upon them.

    1. You are right in that all the information in the world is not of much use unless it’s put into action.

  10. Dan Lew says:

    It seems like a good book for beginners..

  11. PPC Ian says:

    For me, it’s not really about escaping the day to day grind but having the passive income and peace of mind to know that I could retire right now if I wanted to. 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      For me, Its everything. Escaping the race to building multiple streams of income.

  12. PPC Ian says:

    I’m a big fan of passive income, but it’s also gotten a bit too much hype in my opinion. These days, I find it quicker to go after earned income versus passive income. At the same time, I’m taking all of my earned income and am reinvesting it in passive income vehicles.

  13. Is this book available in hardcover format? If a book is less than 50 pages (like an average info product), I’ll easily buy it digitally, but when you get into actual BOOKS, it’s tough on the eyes to stare at the screen (not to mention I’m not a fan of printing it out on huge 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper). Seems like an interesting read. I’ll have to do some research to try to find a hardcopy out there.

    1. Why don’t you check it out on Amazon?

      1. I’ve done it for you – answer is no. It would appear to be Clickbank only 🙁

  14. The book, if studied, carefully will give you many ideas on how to break out of your box. First step, however, is to design and develop a robust career plan. And then work the plan.

    It’s go good to dream of retiring early on a tropical island if you don’t get your financial plan in place, implement your career plan will get you where you want to go. Passive income or not.

    1. People would be surprised how important having a written plan of action really is.

      1. Yeah, I just re-learned that fact…………. again Duh!

  15. An interesting book to read. But I think it is suitable for those who dislike and boring with their current job. It is useful for those who want to do things part time too.

  16. It surely sounds like a fun read, but I am not so sure if I want to follow tips like ‘Make money founding a new religion’ etc… I am sure the author has not tried all the methods in this book himself. I prefer books by people that have tried something themselves AND had success with it, SY

    1. Exactly. I guess we connect 🙂

      1. I could not give any credibility whatsoever to a book that suggested I make money by starting a new religion. Do you think that chapter is a poor attempt at a joke?

  17. Jackie says:

    I read it and that start religion is just one example of how you can expand your thinking… but there are some really good portable trades that will hopefully make me some money.

  18. Jon says:

    Passive income is great but I think some people find it hard to accept that money does not HAVE to be achieved through actual labour.

    We are programmed to believe that we must work hard and that only this hard work will reap financial rewards.

    I started my business in cheshire house removals sometime ago and it has become successful, but when I started I though that if i didnt actually do loads of manual stuff myself, I wouldn’t earn any money!

    Of course, I was actually earning less money because I was limiting my workload by doing everything myself.

    Now I concentrate on marketing the business and pay others to do the work and the business has gone from strength to strength.

    Sorry for the rambling reply, I stumled on your blog by accident and found it intriguing.

    cheshire house removals

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