Today, Chris Guillebeau released his latest book The Happiness of Pursuit. It’s all about quests, and why they can be such a worthwhile endeavor. It’s one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in years, and has by far been my favorite of his three books. Also, despite the opening story, I promise this post isn’t about golf I still remember the day. It was March 28th, 2013. I was with Tate’s family staying in Eagle Crest, Oregon for their annual Spring Break trip. Each year we take a long weekend, and on the trip we ski one day and her dad and I play golf on another. Usually we just play the course at the resort, but this time

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How Much Time Should You Spend Each Day on Email?

Over the years I’ve read dozens of status blog posts, status updates, and books which declare “email is a waste of time, and not real work.” In the early days of my business I believed that. I felt like if I spent too much time on email, I wasn’t building my business, I was just being reactionary to the needs of others. Here’s the thing though, my business, and all businesses for that matter, exist for the sole reason of catering to the needs of others. If you don’t have customers with a problem, you don’t have a company. When it comes to a small independent or lifestyle business, this raises the question: how important is responding to email? If

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How to Get Into Flow State First Thing in the Morning (And Stay there All Day Long)

This is a guest post from Location Rebel member Tom McCann of Unstoppable Gainer- a practical psychology blog to help readers become unstoppable in achieving their goals. Tom is giving away some FREE gifts so be sure to read until the end. I want to add that when I first read this post, I found myself just nodding in agreement saying “yes, this makes sense! I get this.” Hopefully it has the same positive effect on you and your productivity. With that, take it away Tom! ___________ Ah flow. . . What a wonderful thing. That powerful feeling of complete engagement with the task at hand. Those moments of pure creativity where you do your very best work. You glance

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Increase Your Chances Of Online Success Ten-Fold By Doing This One Thing

So here’s a thing about me: I get excited easily. If I get a brilliant new idea in my head I’ll obsess about it, and then grow it and grow it in my head to the point where there’s no way I could ever actually follow through with every aspect of my brilliant plan all at once. A great example is my golf road trip to the mid-west last year. I was going to play 14 top courses in 14 days, and document the hell out of it in order to grow my new golf brand. Cool idea, right? I was going to take photos of every hole, shoot videos on the course, interview each of the head pros, and

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The Practical Guide to Breaking Out of a Funk

Photo is the view from my run this morning…that’s worth waking up for. If I’m being totally honest, for the last few weeks I’ve been in a bit of a funk. Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong, or bad. In fact, things have never been better with my both my business and personal life. The problem is I’m just lacking the motivation to do much of anything. I wake up and do the same routine that for the past few weeks has looked like this: Coffee Review Emails Browse Internet Maybe answer a couple emails Try and write Usually more internet browsing Lunch Internet browsing Nap Something social I’ve fallen back into a trap that I’ve been very proud

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Why It’s Stupid to Charge a Monthly Fee for Your Online Community

I remember 5 years ago when I first started Location 180 thinking to myself “man, wouldn’t it be cool if I had a site that brought in recurring passive income on a monthly basis?” To many people it’s the holy grail of doing work online. And it’s also the stupidest thing you can do if you’re serious about building a private community within your site. In this post I’ll explain why I feel this way, and what to do instead to essentially get the same effect. The Most Important Part of a Private Community At this point all of the online communities and products I have online are a one time fee for lifetime access. I get asked at least

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11 Fatal Flaws of the Newly Location Independent

Note from Sean: This is a guest post from Location Rebel member, Mike Harrington. Mike has made a huge transition in the last year, and is now living in Colombia. This post discusses some of the mistakes he made when first relocating – many of which I made myself when moving to Thailand. With that, take it away Mike! – I landed in Medellin in early February of this year, 2 weeks removed from the shackles of my corporate life. While I had lived and visited Colombia in the past, much had changed in the years I was back stateside. The digital nomad phenomenon had arrived. Those with a bit more traction (and cash flow) in their enterprises had relocated to Medellin

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8 Lessons Learned from Producing an Event for 3k People

For the last 4 years I’ve been a part of the core team that puts on the World Domination Summit. We work nearly year round to create an event that lasts just a couple days, but hopefully provides memories that will last a lot longer than that. Through the course of being involved with WDS there are a lot of lessons I’ve learned about how to put on a giant event. We routinely aare praised for our attention to detail, and I like to think it’s because we take a different approach to conferences than the average person. In this post I want to share some stories about the event, and give you a little bit more insight into what

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14 Things Location Rebels Can Do That Employees Can’t

When it comes to lifestyle entrepreneurship people tend to jump straight to benefits like traveling the world and living out of a backpack. And while sure that’s fantastic, the reality is only a small percentage choose to leverage their freedom in that way. The benefits of being a Location Rebel, extend far beyond traveling – to everyday aspects of the lifestyle that will have a broader appeal to more people. Today I wanted to take a few minutes and just be brutally honest about some of the coolest things that I’m able to do now that I couldn’t do when I was a full time employee. 1) Go to a Matinee Have you been to a movie lately? Man, when

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Today We Celebrate our Freedom. Do You Really Feel Free?

For those of us here in America, today is our Independence Day – the day we celebrate our freedom. I’m thankful for the people out there who continue to fight to protect that freedom that we enjoy, and often take for granted, every single day. With that being said, one of the things that I’ve realized over the last few years in talking to so many readers – is that many of us don’t feel nearly as free as we would like. We’re extremely fortunate to have our basic American liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion etc – but many seem to feel trapped by the very lives they have created for themselves. Why is this? The

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