Exit strategy

Hi everyone,

We use the English language, the words and phrases so versatile that they can be used in many ways.  The phrase exit strategy caught my eye recently after seeing it used in several different ways.

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Photo by hywards

In the movies exit strategy is a way for a operative to end a mission or to get out of a difficult situation.

Photo by Stuart Miles.

Photo by Stuart Miles.

I’ve seen exit strategy used as a way to cash out of your investments and ‘exit’ the financial portfolio you are involved in.

Then there is the exit strategy for an owner of a company. In this case meaning a five year plan to exit your company by transferring shares, or ownership in some way and taking a look at what connection – if any – you want at that end time.

Then I heard someone use it in terms of her exit strategy to her marriage. I don’t know about those of you that are divorced or thinking about divorcing, but there was nothing so clinical or business like about that point in my time of life. As a phrase though, it caught my interest. I can see using it  this way in one of my books. 🙂

Photo by Stuart Miles

Photo by Stuart Miles

I also heard an author use it on a blog – and of course I can’t find the reference – but she was working on her exit strategy for a series. I laughed because of course she was attempting to close off a series. I have a lot of series. I should be closing down a couple of them down to leave room for new ideas.  I started pondering this phrase for my own purposes.

Until I heard it again. And this time it stopped me in my tracks.

Photo by Stuart Miles.

Photo by Stuart Miles.

This time it was used as a woman’s exit strategy to life.  A concept that fascinated me. I do like the idea of people having control over the end of their lives, but hadn’t considered that for there was a strategy already in place. I know there are countries where assisted suicide is legal, and that means something has to be in place.

I’d just hadn’t put much thought into it! But it’s  heck of a good idea!

What about you reader, considering there are as many times and ways to leave a situation, have you ever used an exit strategy in your life? How?


About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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8 Responses to Exit strategy

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    It’s funny what catches your attention. I never would’ve thought of this as a subject, but Exit Strategy might be a great title for a romantic suspense book.

    I’ve had very happy exit strategies for quitting a job. And when I was young, I had them for a few relationships. I often have an idea of the end of a book, but it’s usually not until I’m at least halfway done that I think of the exit strategy. Sometimes I don’t know until I start writing it. And I do have a will, and a Do Not Resuscitate doc, so I guess I have some sort of exit strategy for that, too. Interesting post. 🙂

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,

      It’s funny also how when something does catch your attention, you see it over and over again. In the case of death, the article where I read this strategy was actually going to be taking something to terminate her life. So not if something happened TO her but a conscious exit.

      It was quite interesting!

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Dale,

    Thought-provoking post! Any exit strategies I have in life generally go sideways (and then blow up in my face), so I tend to say no up front. But I think I’ll look at making a more conscious use of them, for everyone’s benefit 🙂

  3. Dale, I love it when a word or phrase comes to your attention, and then you suddenly find it everywhere. I’m sure I’ll see a lot of ‘exit strategies’ myself, now 🙂

    I have made an exit strategy from a job before, or for my involvement in a long term project, and it’s worked pretty well.
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  4. Sheila says:

    I guess you could say that I have an “exit strategy” when I travel. As a woman who often travels alone and works late, I have become hyper-aware of my surroundings.
    When I enter a building in which I know I will need to leave late at night, I plan on how to safely exit that place without giving away where I’m going.
    If I’m meeting someone for the first time and feel uncomfortable with them for any reason I have an “exit strategy” in place for leaving early from a meeting or event.
    Does that count?

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