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How To Gain The Strength To Leave A Salary. (West Wales - September)

  • The Do Lectures, Parc-y-Pratt Farm, Cardigan, SA43 3DR (map)
 Photographer: Mat Arney @HailerMedia

Photographer: Mat Arney @HailerMedia


When:  Friday 8th September 9.30am - 6:00pm

Where: The Do Lectures, Parc-y-Pratt Farm, Cardigan SA43 3DR

That crazy idea you have had for years isn’t going away. 

Go for a run, and it’s what you think about. Have a nice glass of wine, and it’s where your mind wanders to. Put some great music on, and it’s what it makes you dream about.

But, you haven’t crossed the start line. And, to be honest, you are beginning to wonder if you ever will. 

You can’t put your finger on what it is, but something is missing. That missing thing is called fulfilment. That’s it. That’s what it’s called.

But your stomach may not recognise that name for it, but it knows how that word feels. 

And no matter how many promotions you get, how big your new house is, how much they pay you, they don’t take that feeling away. They are just no substitute for pursuing the crazy idea.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” Fred Wilson.

But don’t worry, we have all been there. Earning great money, but somehow, not that happy. And, some may call it a mid-life crisis. But what that is, is not listening to that crazy idea.

This one day workshop is simply here to help you leave a salary. And start that crazy idea.


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. Both emotionally leaving the safety that it offers, as well as the practical side of things it provides like a roof over our heads and food in the belly.

We wanted to help because we have all left the security of a big salary.  So we set about designing a one day workshop to give you the confidence that you can. To give you the practical steps that you can, to give you the emotional tool kit to take the leap of faith.

It’s time to leave on the CUSP.

C – Confidence
U – Uncertainty
S – Someday but not today
P –  Playing small

The three pillars of learning will be:

1, Emotional fitness
2, Physical fitness
3, Financial fitness

Questions the day will seek to answer.

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.)

Friday, September 8th.

The Do Lectures farm, 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. 

Cancelation Policy.