Every once in awhile we need to go on a little rant here to set the record straight – this is one of those days.
Lately I’ve received a few emails and comments from people, who simply don’t get it.
Maybe I’ve been obtuse in the way I’ve presented myself and this blog, but frankly I think it should be pretty simple.
I’ve been called out a couple times in the last week for essentially being a fraud. Advocating a lifestyle of travel, working from anywhere, and being jetset, while I’ve been sitting at home in “Nowheresville, Oregon” pretending to be something that I’m not.
I find it interesting that for all his talk of working anywhere in the world, and even spending several months living in Asia, Sean ended up right back where he started. Working an office job in Nowheresville, Oregon.
Before I go into the details of my thoughts on that comment I’d like to make one thing abundantly clear.
I don’t give a shit where you work.
If you want to work from a corn field in the middle of Kansas, awesome.
If you want to work from a hut on stilts in Bora Bora, that’s cool too.
If you simply want to work from your home, where ever that may be, that’s GREAT.
The bottom line is that I don’t care where you work – it doesn’t matter.
This blog advocates a couple things:
- Freedom to the things you really want to do in life
- No wait, that about sums it up.
Sure there are a lot of subsets and other goals, but the bottom line is that’s what this is all about.
I like to travel, spend time with my family, and use Portland as my home base. That’s what I choose to do. The fact I’m not currently living in some exotic place is completely irrelevant. The fact I now own a car? Also irrelevant.
Both of those things are furthering the goal of doing the things I want to do. The car? I literally bought it so that I could make it easier to golf. True story.
Portland? My girlfriend, closest friends, and family are all here. Not to mention Portland is the best place in the world to be during the months of July through September.
So to call me out for not “living the lifestyle I’m advocating” well, you need to take a closer look.
If you’re reading this and you don’t want the freedom to do the things you really want to do in life. Please leave now, this site is not for you.
You Call THIS Not Traveling?
Now that we’ve established what this site about and what you should be looking for if you’re here, let’s actually look at the whole travel thing. While no, I’m not currently living in Thailand, I’ve done more traveling already in 2012 than I did in ALL of 2011, which included me living in Bali for two months.
When I haven’t been in Nowhereseville, where have I been exactly? Let’s take a look:
- Vail and Breckenridge Colorado
- Taninah Retreat
- Havana, Cuba
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Pittsburgh and New York
- Austin, Texas
- Augusta, Georgia
- Yangshou, China
- Guangzhou, China (I never did finish editing this video….hmmm)
- Petra, Jordan
- Wadi Rum, Jordan
- Many other places in Jordan.
That’s six months. If that isn’t proving that I can work from anywhere, well then hot damn, I don’t know what would!
How We’re Accomplishing Freedom
Some other detractors don’t believe I’m open enough about my business. Granted, I’ll admit I haven’t been the best about staying on topic here over the last six months, and I’m really working on refocusing it specifically to help you build a small business, but frankly I believe I’m more open than most people out there.
I tell you exactly how I make my money:
- SEO and Lifestyle Business Consulting
- Product Sales (ie, Location Rebel)
- Affiliate Marketing (ie, HDRsoftware.com)
Amongst a few others, but that’s where the majority of my income is from. I’ve even broken down my income in the past!
So yes, while I understand there are a lot of people out there who believe the idea of the “lifestyle business” is unobtainable, I’ve provided around 325 posts of proof that indeed it is possible.
I’ve helped no less than a dozen members of Location Rebel go from no business last year to quitting their job in less than 12 months. I’ve traveled all over the place. I’ve helped organize an entire conference around all of this stuff.
So if you want to tell me I’m a fraud, or not living the life I’ve been advocating, well then you can, how do I say this nicely, ummmm: leave. The rest of us have more important things to do than deal with people who have no vision for their lives.
Pausing to Look How Far We’ve Come
Coincidentally, the comment at the beginning of this post was left by someone who I know has been following my story since the very beginning. Because you see, he left me a comment in 2009 where he was sure I was going to fail.
I wasn’t going to include this, but I think it’s worth mentioning for all of you out there who are just getting started on a new path:
Don’t Listen to the Naysayers
I received this comment less than a month after quitting my job, while I still had no clue if any of this would work. So think back to this story next time someone tells you you can’t start your own business or do something unconventional:
…I’d never heard of Sean before, so I took a quick look around his own blog. My first impression is that Sean is very shortsighted and self-centered. The only suggestion that he is able to express any empathy at all is when he describes his last day of work. He admits he felt guilty about parting ways with his former employer – and rightfully so. They took a chance on him, fresh out of college, gave him a foot in the industry’s door and a steady paycheck, invested time and money training him, and he repaid them with more and more selfish demands. The phrase “I want” appears over and over, in every one of his posts. His list of accomplishments further reveal how “me”-focused his life is, with the stark exception of wanting to travel with his parents, and donate $1,000 to a needy cause. Where are “find true love” or “have children” or “volunteer at a food bank” or “sponsor an orphan” or “help a relative” on his list?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I can’t blame Sean. He’s young. He got his first taste of the real world, and he didn’t like it one bit. So rather than grow a little and learn to play ball, he instead is determined to find a way to do all the things we ALL want to do, but without that pesky job that ties us all down. Sean, you’re not that unique – we’re not ALL passionate about our jobs every single day. We ALL would like to travel a little and see and experience some of the magical things our planet has to offer. You’re not an inspiring visionary just because you wrote up your “bucket list” younger than most people do. It’s interesting that this post comes immediately before the “Slow and Steady Wins The Race” post. This post smacks of short-term, instant-gratification, yet it’s being held up as an inspiring, positive example to be celebrated.
The one thing I am curious about, however, is how you intend to pay for this lifestyle you plan to live. I’ve read a couple vague references about starting your own business, but I haven’t seen anything concrete or promising. Just a lot of talk about what you “want.”
Unfortunately, I believe I already know how this will end. Sean hasn’t even been unemployed for a month yet, so maybe he’s still stretching his last few dollars. I also don’t know what his debt situation is. But I’m pretty confident that if he doesn’t make another “180″ and put the tie back on, he might be able to cross 2 or 3 more things off his list before they cancel his Visa and ruin his credit rating. Sean has some painful lessons in the near future about growing up and becoming an adult. And while I’ve no doubt it will generate some interesting reading (who doesn’t enjoy a little dose of schadenfreude every now and then?), I question how much we’ll actually be able to LEARN from him.
Nevertheless, I wish him luck.
Two and a half years later, and still trying to bring us down.
With that I’m going to conclude this rant. If you’re just getting started you need to hear this:
People will do everything they can to shake your confidence and bring you down.
You do not have to let them. Find a supportive community and show them how to really live life.
Update: Had to link to this based on the comments: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3q76er/. Thank you Mr. @jeffreytrull!