(We ran the above Medium post, to help people who had committed to jump ship, splash down in style. But what if you don’t leave under your own steam? Read on:)

But what if your salary leaves you?

It’s something we all dread.

The push.

Although its usually dressed up as; restructuring, downsizing, rationalisation or (brace yourself), being let-go.

Whatever you call it, it hurts, often rocks us on our heels, presents a bunch of challenges.

On Friday September 8th, we’re running a workshop on The Do Lectures Farm in Wales: And we wondered if we might widen it’s appeal, usefulness and audience.

What if a workshop aimed at the Haves (i.e. those with an appetite and desire to do their own thing), could also be of infinite value to the Currently Have Nots? (And who just might see their recent misfortune, as an opportunity to pivot, make a storming come-back, and if it floats your boat; stick-it-to-the-man.)

What if

How To Gain The Strength To Leave A Salary.

Also embraced:

What To Do When Your Salary Leaves You.

Because the more you look at the day with us, the more overlaps you can see:

Here’s what David Hieatt, one of 3 coaches on the day, had to say in a recent Medium post: (Aimed admittedly at those self-initiating the big leap. But with a powerful message that could prove to be invaluable, for those all too familiar with the wrong end of a P45.)

“If you could get a guarantee with every big a decision you made, you would make decisions with a very different mind-set. You wouldn’t think about them for years. Even decades.

But big decisions are not like electrical goods, they do not come with a guarantee.

It takes me back to a time when I worked as a copywriter in Britain’s biggest advertising agency, I was one of their youngest people that they ever had on their board, I was paid incredibly well paid, I got to work on great accounts. It was a great place to work.

But one day, I remember picking up a fashion trade magazine. It had an article on the 50 most important brands in the UK. Adidas was 12th. Nike was 6th. But nestled in between them was howies, the brand Clare and I started.

I put the magazine down. And in that moment, I made the decision to leave a great job and a crazy good salary. Literally in that split-second I had gained the confidence to jump.

It was the best thing I have ever done.

But that split-second had taken me 6 years to get to.

This got me thinking, what was stopping me? Maybe it was the same thing as stops lots of people: Confidence, Belief, Uncertainty, Money.

What if we could run a workshop to give people the tools to be able to make that leap.

So I persuaded Mark Shayler and Mike Coulter, both of whom left good salaries a long time ago, to come and join me for the day.

I think this workshop will give you extraordinary insights, tools and strategies that you can use to help you take that almighty leap.

There will be lots of people on a similar journey to you. There will great food, plus an evening meal. Who knows even some sunshine.

I hope you can join us for what will be a remarkable day. And I hope a real turning point in your journey.”

(Incidentally, All 3 coaches as well as leaving healthy salaries under their own steam, have also been right royally rogered by employers more than once in their long, and not always illustrious careers.

So we know where everybody is coming from.

Indeed Mike was once unceremoniously fired from a highly-regarded digital agency: By his wife. Who was a director at the company at the time.)

So, what’s the backstory to the workshop?

We recently spent six months conducting a Report into ‘Side Projects’, and our key learning was something we already knew.

Smart people with smart ideas don’t always start. They get stuck. They remain on the cusp of starting, but can’t get over the line.

The biggest hurdle by far was leaving a salary. (If the salary leaves you, paradoxically, starting may be easier.)

This workshop is for anyone who has a ‘Crazy Idea’ but for some reason just hasn’t made it happen. We are here to give that little nudge.

Also when you are in a workshop with other people who are in the same position as yourselves, it gives you the energy, confidence and extra encouragement that now is the time.

The three pillars of learning will be:
1. Emotional fitness
2. Physical fitness
3. Financial fitness

The aim of the workshop is to help you understand that all three need to be in place before you can begin this new journey. And do your own thing.

It’s time to leave the CUSP.
C — Confidence
U — Uncertainty
S — Someday but not today
P — Playing small

What will you learn?
1. How to fear regret more than change.
2. How to embrace uncertainty.
3. How to become your own role model.
4, How to learn to spend less than you earn.
5. How to create the habit to save enough to give you six months of safety.
6, How to understand being scared equals being alive.
7. Why vulnerability is a strength.
8. How to understand there is never a right time. Damn.
9. If timing is only 20%, what is the other 80%?
10. If you know enough, how do you put into practice what you know?
11. Strategy is direction. Hustle is speed. How to not confuse the two.
12. You can tell yourself you can’t. Or you can tell yourself you can. Both will be right if you believe them enough. So how do tell yourself a better story?
13. The clock is ticking. Can you hear the urgency?
14. How to fear failure to start, more than failure to succeed.
15. Before you can convince others, how will you learn to convince yourself?
16. How will you raise your standards? And why willpower won’t cut it.
17. If comfort zones kill, how do I leave mine?
18. How to use exercise to get you ready for each day.
19. Emotionally fit. Physically fit. Financially fit. How to use these three pillars to make you happy, content, and fulfilled.
20. Why finding your love gives you an unfair advantage.
21. Why seeking better questions will change your life.
22. How to ‘master worry’. To do your best work, you will have to care the most and at the same time, care the least. How do you do that?
23. How to ‘master time’?
24. How do you ‘master you’?
25. Remember, life is short. Regrets are long.

Your coaches.
David Hieatt
Co-founder of The Do Lectures. Co-founder of Hiut Denim Co. Before that Co-founder of howies. Finally left a salary in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since.
Mark Shayler
International keynote speaker. And leadership coach to leading CEO’s and blue chip brands.
Mike Coulter.
Creative Director on The Side Project Report: Left a good salary, went back to it. Left a big salary, went back to it. Left a massive salary. (Watch this space.)

September 8th. (This workshop will only take place once this year.)

The workshop will take place on the Do Farm. The iconic location for The Do Lectures, West Wales


Fresh, local food throughout the day. Local end-of-workshop beers. Return for optional dinner with wine, with workshop leaders, and with great conversation into the night.

If you want to attend ‘How To Gain The Strength To Leave A Salary’, book a place here.

Mike Coulter

Creative Director @DoLecturesSide Projects. Founded DigitalAgency.com: 1997. 1st accepted D&AD: 1984. 1st Tweet: 2006: Iffy Bodysurfer & cyclist.

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