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How mandatory sabbaticals will transform your company and your life

Scott Woods

Originally posted on April 04, 2016

What if you and every other employee in your company were paid to take an entire month off of work off every year, in order to pursue your dreams? How would that impact your company? How would that impact your life? Scott Woods’ company West Arete tried exactly this experiment, and the results are amazing.
Fifteen years ago Scott Woods and his wife, Ieva, quit their jobs, canceled their lease, and sold almost all of their belongings. It was a difficult and unlikely decision; by all measures they had great jobs, great friends, and a great place to live. But there are some experiences that can’t be achieved with a 9to5 job.
They spent the next several years traveling around the world, rock climbing and running ultramarathons full time. Their many adventures included climbing towers in the desert, remote walls in South Africa, alpine peaks in Peru, and running 100mile trail races. They spent many seasons in Yosemite Valley, making trips up Half Dome, El Capitan, and other big granite walls.
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