300 Posts

All my life I’ve wanted to travel the world.  I wanted to see places I’d only read about in books, and seen on the Travel Channel.

Three years ago, I never imagined I’d be sitting in an apartment in Shenzhen, China overlooking a 1/3 replica of the Eiffel Tower – yet, here I find myself.

I never expected to have my passport filled to the brim with stamps from dozens of places outside the United States.

There was no way to anticipate the fact that I’d be sitting down with millionaire investors in Guangzhou one day, and mountain biking through the trails of Yangzhou the next.

It wasn’t fathomable that I’d have had the opportunity to golf at 5 star resorts in Bali, or scuba dive off the coast of some of the worlds most beautiful islands in Thailand.

Skiing in Vail one week and hanging out in a Mexican jungle retreat the next? Ha, only millionaires can do that.

And what about having complete control of my time and how I choose to use it? Does anyone actually have that? Why yes, actually, they do.

Actually make money doing something you’d do for free? That’s only for rock stars and pro athletes right? Well, not quite.

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For the last 48 hours I’ve been having a difficult time figuring out exactly what to write about today.  I’m halfway across the planet, throwing myself into a variety of new experiences that should give me no shortage of potential blog topics, yet I’ve been drawing a blank all weekend.

Then I noticed that I’d written 300 posts on this site.  In 300 posts the trajectory of my life has completely changed. I went from doing everything that society had trained me to do, to realizing just how accessible a different path was.

300 posts. Wow.

The reality is, my life changed after #1.  Starting a blog and giving myself a voice was the best thing I ever could have done for myself.  It’s given me stories, a business, new friends and so much more.  I’m so thankful for that. For this community. For you.

Three years ago I was sitting at my desk wondering how I was going to break free from it. You know what I’ve learned since then? It’s not as hard as you think, but it takes a hell of a lot of work.

Work that most people will never start, let alone finish.  What do you want to do with your life?  Do you want to head to China and try and work business deals?  Live on a yacht in the Maldives? Have the free time to coach your kids soccer team?

What’s your dream life, and what are you doing today to get closer to that goal? Are you even actively working on it? Have you already accepted defeat?

Why?

Rather than try and BS my way through a post that I wasn’t inspired to write, I simply started reflecting.  Reflecting on how lucky I am to do this.  Reflecting on how supportive my friends, family, and this community has been. Reflecting on the now 17 people who have emailed me this year to tell me I’ve played a hand in their own plans to quit and pursue something that makes them happier.

In 300 posts I’ve created enough stories to fill up a lifetime.

I’m living the dream and I want you to do it with me.  However, that part is up to you.

Do some reflection today.  What are the stories and experiences that stand out?  The ones above are some that jump out for me personally.

Start making conscious decisions about the path your on, rather than following the path of least resistance, I have a feeling you might enjoy the change of scenery.

Chas April 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Sean,
I haven’t accepted defeat. Honestly though, I do struggle and have limited resources. I continue to work on my dream in my spare time. I never give up. Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration.

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Mike April 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Congrats on 300 posts.

Seeing the transition from the early ones to today has been an awesome ride, and definitely kick-started my own goals. Happy to be on board the Location Rebel bus.

Cheers!

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Nova Overman April 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Congrats on reaching 300 posts.

My transition from typical life to badass world dominator is currently in-progress, but I can’t tell you how right you are. If you want change, you have to want it enough to reach out and grab it on your own — no one else will do it for you.

Life is such a wonderful gift. Most people are extremely lucky that they can even make money doing something they hate — so doing something you LOVE, while working on your terms? Heresy! No, unconventionality. Namely, being wicked awesome, and doing shit you love.

You left your corporate job, as did most others, because you answered a higher calling.

Get out there. Make plans. And be awesome.

Good work again, Sean. And I expect to see you in the near future — you’re epicness hasn’t expired just yet!

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Gerry April 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm

It just goes to show Sean, all you have to do is start!

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Gene Jennings April 26, 2012 at 4:50 am

Way to go, Sean! Congrats on your success over the last 3 years. Love your attitude and boldness. After spending the day at the Masters with you, I’ve told several people that you’re the sharpest 27-year-old I’ve ever met. Can’t wait to see where you go from here.

Keep it up and God bless!

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Turner May 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Good at it Sean. It is certainly inspiring to see someone stick with something and make it happen from scratch. I am only 40th post or something, but seeing you persist in breaking the mode helps give me some juice to try to grow my copy-editing biz, around the world hustle, and continue my global lifestyle. Thanks bro,

Turner

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