This blog was never meant for the masses. In fact, it started out as my online journal of how I was going to escape the 9 to 5. I began writing it as soon as college was over, as I wondered what to do with my life and how I’d find the unique place in the universe I felt destined for.

As it’s grown I’ve been thrilled that the people who stop by to learn and contribute are all of a unique breed. They’re looking for an unconventional path that will lead them to a better life and willing to take matters into their own hands… I love you for it.

Escaping the 9 to 5 is a way of life. It’s the path that a growing number of people are realizing is their only hope if they want to reach their dreams, experience freedom, and build a business that will change their life and the lives of others.


I believe that purpose is what drives the self made person, freedom is what compels them, action is what differentiates them from the masses, and persistence is what leads to their success.


is that deep calling that propels a person forward, even during their darkest hours. Everyone should have a purpose in life. If you feel you don’t possess one, then it’s time to take a cold, hard look at your life and dig deep until you find it.

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli


is the reason behind everything I do. The freedom to do what I want, when I want, where I want is one of my highest callings. It’s the ideal of being limitless, which I think is possible for those who want it and are willing to take the unconventional path to get there.

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. – Moshe Dayan


is what differentiates the successful from everyone else. Sadly, most of the World will readily complain about their station in life but never make the sacrifices or take action to change it. Most people will spend their whole life a little unhappy and think it’s normal to be that way. Action often leads to failure, but it also leads to more success than doing nothing.

Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso


is the single thread that holds consistent throughout all truly successful people.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge

Purpose, freedom, action and persistence are my favorite words in the English language. If they resonate with you too, you may be a part of the rare breed that dreams of escaping the 9 to 5. If so, I’d love to connect.

About Maren

At my core I am an entrepreneur. I have started several businesses from selling mystical jewelry on eBay, to connecting busy professionals with virtual executive assistants through Zirtual.com—which recently sold to Startups.Co.

Currently I’m writing at www.escapingthe9to5.com and working with a select group of clients as a professional muse.

What’s a professional muse? I work with my client’s to tap into what inspires them, and their organization. We dive into their venture’s soul, and then reverse architect based on their true goals to innovate and create company-wide impact.  

  • Inspiration: what’s the soul of your venture? what inspires you, your team?
  • Innovation: how can we rethink the way people within your organization work, to create a win/win/win.
  • Impact: Radically increase workers productivity, well-being, and happiness—thus co’s bottomline

//Other skills and specialities//

Specializing in building and scaling distributed workforces

  • Simplify, eliminate
  • Delegation, outsource: helping people do what they do best, then delegate the rest
  • 20%=80%

I love bringing people together, creating community, creating meaningful work/jobs

  • purpose
  • autonomy
  • mastery


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