What To Do Before You Escape Your Job

It’s one of the fastest ways to get your career trajectory shoot upwards. Look at the attached mindmap to understand it!

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Not having a side hustle


  • Your competition is doing stuff that’s ‘cutting edge’
    • You’re in a place where you can’t do much
  • Your market value is dropping/plummeting
    • Your skills are outdated
  • You’re at the top of what you do at your workplace, but the market has moved on
    • You’re trapped in a golden cage
  • Companies are not keen on hiring you
    • There are others who will do more/better for less


  • You’ve not kept up your skill building
    • Focused on maintaining the status quo
  • You’re not aware of/have hands on experience the latest developments in your field
    • Sometimes, things change REALLY fast
  • You don’t have a chance to try these new things out
    • It’s on your todo list
    • You’re waiting for permission
    • You want to make a ‘business case’


  • Build up a safe place for you to experiment
    • This is above and beyond what you do at work
  • Build up a sandbox where you can try other things out
    • Do this publicly
  • Have an environment where you can make mistakes and learn
    • Package these as projects


  • After a while…
    • You have a list of failures and successes to use for personal branding
      • You always learn something
    • You have hands on experience in the latest technologies/techniques/ideas
      • You can use these as reference points
    • You have a platform that can boost your visibility, authority and reputation
      • This is a powerful personal branding tool
    • You could have a following and a property that you can leverage for career growth
      • This could become your entire career one day

Your Turn

  • Go ahead and start your own side hustle/project
    • Have many ideas? Pick the one where you’re going to learn more
    • Choose the one that provides maximum opportunity for cross pollination
  • Choose a platform that works for you
    • Podcast
      • Can start with your smartphone
    • Blog
      • Can start with your smartphone
    • Open Source Project
      • Start one
      • Contribute to one
      • Doesn’t have to be tech
        • Common Voice by Mozilla
        • Librivox
    • YouTube Channel
      • Can start with your smartphone
    • Mission/Charity
      • Volunteer
      • Apply your skills to their organization
  • Figure out a mission/goal
    • Don’t think of it as a program
    • Projects have higher survival rates
  • Document your progress
    • Make it public
    • Hold yourself accountable

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    • Goal: Increase Job Security, Reduce Career Risk And Win At Work With E.P.I.C Transformations
    • Mission: Liberate a million millennials from an unsatisfying career
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Arvindh Sundar

I help working professionals find direction, take control and build an epic career using the power E.P.I.C Transformation. This is the content I have created to help others. I hope it's useful to you as well. If you like this and find it useful, join the community here.

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