If you're unhappy in your current job or even if you're unemployed, perhaps it's time to escape the cubicle—or any work space, for that matter—and consider a career overhaul.
If that sounds tempting, you're not alone. More than 85 percent of U.S. workers polled by Manpower's Right Management unit in 2012 said they wanted out of their jobs. Along those lines, a recent "LifeTwist Study" commissioned by American Express found that 52 percent of Americans are open to making changes in their life but—get this—only 11 percent of us actively seek out change and reinvent ourselves.
So if Americans are so unhappy at work, what's holding us back? As it turns out, not everyone is being held back.
Take Nathan Sawaya, for instance. Sawaya worked as a high-powered attorney in New York for years before ditching his job to pursue his art: creating sculptures from Legos.