The Year of Scale

In 2010 I experienced “the year of change“.

2011 saw me growing more comfortable in my new lifestyle and was dubbed “the year of confidence.

In 2012 it was time to lay down some roots for the coming years and as such as named “the year of discipline.

This year it’s time to take things to another level.

2013 will be known as “the year of scale.”

We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity.

  • You can call anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world for free with Skype
  • You can access any information you want in less than 30 seconds using Google. I remember sifting through encyclopedias in 4th grade being amazed at how much information that was.
  • You can create a new business in a day
  • You can publish a book and have it reach millions on Amazon

When you sit back and think about the specifics of what you’re capable of doing in this day and age it’s absolutely mind-boggling.

The Cubicle Still Reigns Supreme

So in a world where it’s possible to work from anywhere and/or create a businesses out of literally anything, why are so many people still wasting away in underpaid jobs they hate?

It’s an information problem, and the ultimate paradox:

You have all the information at the world in your fingertips, yet if you don’t know you should be looking for it, you won’t find it.

This forms the basis of the year of scale.

Last year dozens of Location Rebel members quit their jobs, built successful businesses, and are living their lives they way they want.

That’s incredible, but that’s still less than a hundred people.

I had a published goal of helping 50 people quit their job last year. A number I roughly doubled based on emails I received.

Too small.

In a world where this lifestyle is so accessible, we should have a higher standard for ourselves.  We should be shooting to change the lives of not dozens, or even hundreds, but thousands.

This is the basis behind the year of scale.

How do we get this message out to thousands? How do we change the lives of so many people who could have so much to give, but are wasting their talents on corporations that don’t value them?

I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what the answer to that question is.  But 2013 will be devoted to figuring it out.

The Good News is There’s Hope

Even though there’s a lot of people out there who still think I’m on permanent vacation and don’t really think this lifestyle is legit, things are beginning to change.

People are starting to come around. It’s just a matter of giving them the information they need, so that they can go do their own research.

I’m really excited to see where this year goes. Less than a week into 2013, we’ve already had our biggest surge of new members ever join our community and momentum around the potential of this lifestyle is steadily increasing.

I hope to further it this next month.

As you read this I’m currently on a flight to Guangzhou, China where I’ll be for a week before bouncing around throughout Southeast Asia.  I’ll be working all along the way, just as I would if I were still at my local coffee shop in Portland.

Here’s to 2013. Here’s to scale. Here’s to your new life.

What is your personal theme for 2013? One Word. Leave a Comment and let us know!

KimBoo York January 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

Tough one! I had to think about it for a while, but I think I’ve settled on:
The Year of Prosperity!
And not just financially, although that is crucial and critical for me. I want prosperity in my health, creativity, and social life as well. I thought of “opportunity” instead of “prosperity” but I wanted the word to stand for accomplishment, not effort. If that makes sense? This is the year where the past five years coalesce into the lifestyle I’ve been dreaming of.

Thanks for the food for thought with my coffee this morning!


Financial Samurai January 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

Scale really is what it’s all about.

Earning $170,000 a month, revenue or profits is awesome and shows that there is so much money out there to be had.

Making money has become easier thanks to the internet. Just gotta try!

Soon, you can really say how it’s like to live like a millionaire b/c you are a millionaire. Good luck for 2013!



Sean January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thanks Sam! We’re on our way 🙂


Jenna January 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

Edited from Facebook:

2012 was a pretty intense year. Started it off in China and Florida, gained a new family member (Bullet), bought my first home, partied at SXSW, fell back in love, joined NightStrike leadership, remodeled two bathrooms, got roommates, Dominated the World and enjoyed the summer, visited the Cape, saw Denver for the first time, fell out of love and learned, then moved from client side of business to the agency side.

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2013. I’m praying that it’s a year where I live fully expecting God to do more that I can imagine and that I get better at loving people.


Scott Nelson January 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

For me, 2013 is the year of change.. I’m 3 years behind you, but I’m hot on your heels Sean.

I’ll send you an email update soon, breaking down the events that unfolded after I handed my notice in (all very positive!).

Thanks again.



R.C. Thornton January 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Enjoy China! My old stomping ground…

I thought your comment “It’s just a matter of giving them the information they need, so that they can go do their own research.” was interesting.

I’m not so sure the problem is people lacking information, because the information itself is largely there…I think it’s more their attitude of denouncing something as being impossible without ever having spent any time looking into it. So it’s more of a mindset thing than anything else.

But if anything, convincing someone to jettison years of conditioning (“go get a job!” “don’t take on risk!”) is probably even harder than just teaching the information alone!

I agree wholeheartedly with your cause, and I would love for more people to change their mindset towards accomplishing their goals and interests, as opposed to just blindly going through life.

Keep it up!


Turner January 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Love this.

I read MJs book a couple years ago and re-read it every few months. So money. Really helps to jolt you out of the matrix and into the reality of what steps you should be taking. I am off to SEAsia in a week or so and am stoked on all the people out there.

Should be an interesting year.

cheers Sean,



Alex @ How To Start A Blog 101 January 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

Great Article Sean, I cannot stress this point enough: “You have all the information at the world in your fingertips”, there is so much information out there it’s unreal and anything you need to learn about can really be found in 30 seconds!!

I think in terms of scale it’s understanding how to package it all together be able to come up with something that will help readers to take that next step forward, despite all the info ration out there, I feel there’s still room for this. You mentioned yourself in your TED talk that the number one fear is uncertainty… you figure a way to help your readers around that you’re onto a winner!!

Loving the blog by the way, came across it the other day through your guest post on Hack The System!! Keep up the good work!!


Michael Ten January 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

Success is my personal theme for 2013. I hope to have the success I desire so that I can be location independent and enjoying abundance, peace and prosperity!


David January 14, 2013 at 3:47 am

Hey Sean, nice article. Two questions – how long did it take after you quit you job till you earned enough for living? (during your “year of change” I assume…)

And: you were working as SEO for Dan from TropicalMBA? From the distance? How did it work? I have also a worker, working from other country for me, but I’m not sure what’s the best way to organize that kind of work – something like control/incentive system. Any suggestions, ideas, links?


Sean January 14, 2013 at 4:11 am


When I quit my job I had zero income. I was offered the TMBA not long after that, and that was $800/mo – so enough to get by in Thailand. Within about 6 months after leaving my job I was making enough to get by in the States.

I was doing stuff with Dan from a distance, but the first month we spent together, and I spent another month with him in the Philippines. Other than that, we caught up a few times a week, and he was only an hour time difference from me, so it wasn’t a big deal.

I’d need more info to really give input on your situation, but a set time to check in and anything that gets them personally vested in the business as always worked well for me.


Dan January 14, 2013 at 4:29 am

Great theme for the year Sean. Looking forward to contributing.

I think we are going to see some intern inflation in the coming years. I’m not sure 800 bucks will fly! 😛


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