It was 2am on Saturday morning, and while most of my friends were grabbing their final drink of the evening at the bars in Portland, my friend Brian and I were 3 hours away – just waking up at a cabin on the McKenzie River. It would be about a 90 minute drive to get to the base of the South Sister – the third tallest peak in Oregon. This represented a big shift in my life. Why? It would be one of the first things I crossed off the bucket list I’d formed a few months prior, and would set the stage for a life adventure and action rather than passive rule following. The ascent was more difficult than

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Do You Really Need That? (Yes. That.)

A few weeks ago I learned that a new rock climbing gym was going to open up near my house.  Now, I used to climb all the time – but when I sold my car in 2009, it became too difficult to make the 15 minute drive to where the gym was (you know, and I moved to Thailand). So when I saw this state of the art climbing gym had opened, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to get back into it! I joined up, but then I had a decision to make. My normal gym was two blocks away, and I didn’t really want to have to pay two gym memberships – so I started thinking through the pros

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How to Launch Your First Kindle Book and Make $1,000 in 30 Days

Hey look, a new post! I know they’ve been relatively sparse these past few weeks – I’ll explain why in a future post. In the meantime, this guest post is from Location Rebel member Lise Cartwright. If you’ve ever thought of publishing a Kindle book, stop what you’re doing and read this! Take it away Lise! — What I learned from launching 3 self published books in 60 days on Amazon… Before we jump into this massive blog post (sorry Sean!), you’re probably wondering who the heck I am… My name is Lise Cartwright and I’m a direct success story from Location Rebel. Thanks to Sean and the LR community, I quit my job in June 2012 and haven’t looked back.

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Why Writing More Can Be Less Useful

Last Friday morning, I woke up early at my grandmas cabin on the Mckenzie River, where I’d gone for a few days on a mastermind retreat. Our days were spent hiking up waterfalls, talking strategy for 2015, and playing the occasional board game as we decompressed and prepared for what the new year will bring. I didn’t have much work I had to do, aside from writing a blog post for Friday. My plan was to do it when I got up that day, post it, and then get back to the masterminding. However when I woke up, and sat down at my laptop before the sun had even started peeking through the trees I found myself oddly stalled. I had ideas

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6 Steps to Ending Your On-Again-Off-Again Exercise Cycle (For Good)

This is a guest post from Mike Goncalves of The Wellness Bucket. One week you’re on the top of the world; eating well, exercising regularly, and feeling great. The next week, you’ve had more beers than you can count, exercise is non-existent, and you feel like total crap. Good week, bad week, repeat. This on-again off-again exercise schedule will get you nowhere fast. It’s a vicious cycle, you know it too, but it keeps happening. Fresh Start With a New Year just weeks away, the time to put a stop to this on-again off-again exercise cycle is right now, so that it doesn’t carry into 2015. Commit to yourself and to your health right now. Not tomorrow, not next week,

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10 Things I Rocked in 2014

Last week I wrote about 8 of the things I really sucked at this year. That’s never a fun post to write, but at the same time it’s a great way for me to reflect on the things I’d like to improve for the new year. It’s quite a bit more fun, however, to look at all of the things that did go well. And fortunately for me, there are a lot of things that went really well this year. I don’t write this post to brag, but rather, it’s a good way to contrast the positives and negatives, and helps me stay accountable and focused moving into 2015. And with that, let’s take a look at some of the highlights of

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Did You Miss Any of My Favorite Posts of 2014? Here they are.

In keeping pace with our December theme of reflection and planning for 2015, I wanted to look back on some of my favorite Location 180 posts from 2014. We talk about a lot of different things on the site, and it was an interesting exercises to go back and see which things jumped out at me the most. Also, there’s a good chance you’ve missed at least one of these, so take a second and add it to your Feedly or just grab a cup of coffee and start reading My Best Secret for Killing Procrastination and Getting Stuff Done – A simple 5 step process for getting stuff done, each and everyday. Or you know, at least every day you choose

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8 Things I Sucked at in 2014 (And How I’ll Fix them For Next Year)

Each year along with the parties, presents, and family time – December is a great time for both reflection and planning. Next week I’ll be holing up for a couple days with the two guys in my mastermind and getting our goals for 2015. However, as is the tradition here at Location 180 – I like to write about some of the things that well, didn’t go so well during the year. Or to put it more bluntly, the things I sucked at in 2014. These can be big or small, pointless or meaningful, but it represents a good starting point for me to analyze which of these things are important for me to change, and which of them I’m

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The Best Resource For Starting a Business in China

Every week I talk to a lot of people, each with different goals. Almost all of them have the desire to quit their job, start a business, and do some kind of travel. However, the type of businesses that people want to start are all over the map. For many, they just want to build some skills, make enough money to begin working for themselves and start doing more of what they want in life. Location Rebel is perfect for these people. Others however, want to strive for something a bit more ambitious out of the gate. Those people often want to design a product, find a way to get it made, and then launch it to the world with

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5 Years Later, and Still as Thankful as Ever

Note: This week I’m slightly altering our 3 days a week schedule and merging our Wednesday/Friday post into this one so that I can spend more time with friends and family…and let you do the same! Man, where do I start? Exactly five years ago, I was I was back in my hometown of Eugene spending time with my friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Except, I didn’t have a ton of money in the bank, no longer had a job, and had just found out I’d be traveling to Thailand for the better part of a year. The uncertainty in my life during that time was unreal. I had no idea what the future would hold for me,

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