Joe's Story

Joe Barnes

Hi, I'm Joe, creator of the Screw the System website and the author of, Escape the System.

My story begins in the year 2000 when I was an undergraduate studying for a Political Science degree. It was at this point, I realised I was done playing The System's game.

"Study hard at school so that you can get into university"

"Get the best degree possible so you can get a good job"

"Work every hour under the sun to get promotion"

"In the meantime, get married and have kids. Doesn't matter who with, just don't be on your own"

"Then work towards your retirement. Earn enough money so that you can see out your last, burnt out years in comfort"


This was the path that lay before me. My parents approved it, my teachers promoted it, my peers followed it and the media reinforced it. Problem was, I hated it. Where was the adventure? Where was the romance? Quite frankly, where was the life?

Deciding I'd rather be dead than follow this path, I realised I had nothing to lose. I had dreams so why not follow them.

What happened next was a journey that saw me become a tennis coach, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner and author. I've taught children who've gone on to play national level tennis, helped people to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome insomnia and build confidence. Finally, and my greatest achievement, I've helped people realise that they don't have to stay trapped in The System and CAN live the life of their dreams through the power of my writing, speaking and videos.

It's been an incredible journey, but as with every great adventure, there have been set-backs. I've overcome depression, self-doubt and moments where I've questioned my entire purpose and being. At times I thought I'd have to return to The System's path but in these moments, three lines from George Bernard Shaw always gave me faith and strength,

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;

The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.

Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

So join with me, unreasonable men (and women!), there's a great adventure to be experienced, a lot of fun to be had and your unique gift that needs to be given to the world.

Enter your email, click "unplug", and let the journey begin!

The Reason Why...

We exist to give strength to the Dreamers. If you're sick and tired of hearing that what you want isn't possible and that you should give up and accept life the way it is, then we've got your back. Whether it's through our blog, books or videos, with us, you'll find the resources needed to live an extraordinary life.

If you've ever asked Yourself:

  • Am I doomed to spend the rest of my days working a job I hate and simply 'getting by'? (The answer is 'NO' by the way!)
  • Could I change the world?
  • How can I find my passion and start living a life that's both rewarding and exciting?
  • How can I get the best out of myself and become the person I know I can be?
  • Is there more to life than paying bills, saving for a pension and 20 days holiday a year? 

Then you're in the right place!

I'm going to show you how to break free from The System's path and create a life where you do what you love (and get paid to do it) and have the freedom to set your own agenda.

Here's the Deal:

Through well over 10 years work as a coach, hypnotherapist and nlp practitioner, and my own journey to breaking free from The System's path and living my dreams, I have become an expert in;

  • Finding your passion and making a living doing it
  • Overcoming all of your doubts, hang ups and fears
  • Achieving the Impossible AKA Developing a belief in yourself that will enable you to do anything

I want to share this knowledge with YOU! I believe there is Greatness within each and every person and that there is a more exciting and meaningful life just waiting for YOU to live.

I'd be honored if you'd let me help you find yours.

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