How Waking Up at 6am Everyday for 2 Weeks Changed My Business Trajectory

The photo above is the view from my bedroom – that I’ve so often slept through. It’s been nice to see it! For the last year I’ve had an item on my bucket list that I’ve found harder than running a marathon, moving to a tropical island, or speaking in front of a large audience. It’s been so far in fact that I’ve never even been closer than 1/7 of the way towards achieving it. My mom has said numerous times to me “why don’t you just do it? It’s easy.” But it’s not easy. That goal? “Wake up at 6am everyday for 2 weeks.” I know I’m most productive in the mornings. I lose focus in the afternoons, and

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One More Reason Why Richard Branson Gets It…(If You’re in the US You Won’t Believe This)

Let’s face it, employees in the United States are getting royally screwed on vacation time. Why do you think this blog is popular? Because so many people are dying to have more free time.  Even many of the employees I know who have hundreds of hours of vacation saved up, simply can’t use it to due to poor company culture and policies around missing work. That’s why I was pretty surprised, and excited to hear that Richard Branson recently announced an “unlimited vacation” policy for his employees at Virgin in both the US and the UK. Most of us couldn’t ever fathom something like this. But why should it be that hard to believe? What’s happened over previous decades to make

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10 Things I Learned from My First 48 Hours in Scotland

Man, it’s been awhile since I wrote just a straight up travel post. Because of this, I figured what better time than now, as I just visited my first new country of 2014 (wow, that’s kind of sad).  I realized as I was editing this, I probably should have done a better job on the photos, but I’ll include what I can – So about 24 hours ago I arrived in Scotland for the first time. In fact it’s my first time in Europe since 2007. It’s a little strange to be in a foreign land were everyone can speak English – usually when my passport is in hand I’m waiting to hear something along the lines of ni-hao or

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Why Followers Don’t Matter, But These Social Media Stats Do

This is a guest post by my good friend and community manager Liz Froment.  She’s completely helped me rethink the way I approach social media with a couple of my brands, so I’m really excited to have her share this post today. When she isn’t working on her own freelance writing business, working on marketing automation or helping me out, she’s tweeting away at @lfroment. With that, I’ll let her get to it! Take it away, Liz… – There are plenty of numbers you should be paying attention to when it comes to tracking the success of your social media campaigns. Just not the ones you think. Why Followers Don’t Matter Yup, I said it. The biggest numbers most people look

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How Having a Quest Has Made My Life 10x Better

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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