Video Post: Improve Your Life in Just ONE Easy Step

Looking back on this title, it totally sounds like a cheesy sales pitch for a $400 self help program.  Well, lucky for you it’s not.  What if I told you you could change any aspect of your life for the better in just one easy step.  Would you believe me?  Well I’m here to tell you there is only ONE reason I am sitting in a jungle bungalow in Krabi, Thailand right now.  There is only ONE thing I’ve done that got me to this point, and it’s much easier than you might think.

Ok are you ready for this?  I want you to have an open mind.  Seriously, don’t laugh when you hear the answer.  Hear me out.

Alright, here it goes:

Start a Blog.

Yep, thats it. I don’t care what kind of change you hope to make in your life, I would argue that starting a blog is the absolute best way to start.  I’ve routinely said, that if it weren’t for Location 180, I would still be in Portland doing the exact same things as I was 6 months ago. And its true, I would be.

So don’t get me wrong, that one easy step is a hell of a lot of hard work.  There are a lot of things that go along with starting a blog, but I’d say that none of them are particularly difficult.  The whole point of a blog is to connect with like-minded people.  Once you start the blog you slowly begin integrating yourself in the communities and niches of your choice.  Discussions on the blog migrate to Twitter, Facebook, email, Skype, and even personal meetings.  A blog is simply a tool to help you meet people that you wouldn’t have otherwise connected with.

So how can this be applied to your life?  Well, what do you want to do?

Maybe you want to lose 20 pounds in the next 3 months? Google weight loss blogs, start leaving comments on other blogs in the niche, while simultaneously starting one of your own.  It can be as simple as a blogspot account with youri name on it.  At this point, just having a place where people can come to discuss and read about your goals.

Maybe you want to move to quit your job and move to Thailand?  Ha, that is almost cheating because it’s so easy.  Start a blog, email me, and I’ll help you out in anyway I can.  I can name a dozen other people without even trying that would also be more than willing to help.

Want to start a new career?  Use a blog as a virtual resume of sorts and build yourself up.  In a lot of ways I did this without even meaning to.  Dan over at the Tropical MBA apparently liked what I was doing, sent me an email about the program, and the rest was history.

The point is, you never realize where the opportunities will come from, but the only way you will find out is by showing up. Starting a blog is the first step towards showing up.

Many of you may have excuses or reasons why you disagree with my statement, and if thats the case I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. Seriously, leave a comment, send an email, whatever, but I want to know your reason for why it won’t work for you.  Because I’m willing to bet that it would.

Maybe right now you’re thinking you don’t like to write.  Well, lucky for you, there are many other blog formats to choose from.  Video blogs are blowing up right now, and I believe they will play an integral part in the future of information on the internet.  Because of this, I’ve included the second ever video at Location180 straight from Ao Nang Beach in Krabi, Thailand. No cuts, no edits, just a personal message to you.  So give me some feedback on it!

Maybe you are uncomfortable with video and don’t want others to see you.  Start a podcast.  Dan of the Tropical MBA has done an excellent job with the Lifestyle Business Podcast, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t checked it out.

There are thousands of resources out there that can tell you exactly what to do to get started, whatever your medium is.  The important thing is to start.  As I mentioned in the video, I want to do whatever I can to help you change your life for the better.  I don’t care what it is, I firmly believe starting a blog will help to get you there.  I was serious about the emails and Skype as well.  If you want someone to chat with about taking steps towards change, I would love to talk with you.  Let me know what you are thinking, and I will do everything I can to support you.

Bottom line is that we have one life to live.  We are given one chance.  So why waste it on something you aren’t excited about? Start taking steps to doing the things you really want to be doing.

I’m excited about this. I’m excited about the future.

I think I’m finally starting to find the purpose of this blog, something that has been lacking since inception.  It’s really cool to see the things that are happening due to that clarity, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next six months are going to bring.

Oh and on a completely separate note, I’ve even been so successful in my first week here, that I was able to hire an assistant!  He works for bananas and answers to the name of Mr. Giggles.

The first ever Location 180 assistant...

The first ever Location 180 assistant...

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Greg Rollett January 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

Yo Sean – awesome video. People need to see the live action stuff. Super stellar job man. Stoked for you and what you are up to.

Ash January 14, 2010 at 7:38 am

Starting a blog has been an unexpected source of motivation for myself, as well, as I connect with others & see what other people are up to, I hold myself up to a higher standard and realize that, hey–these people are doing it, I can too. Loved the video, Sean, and am sending you tons of positive energy from Central America! Keep on killin’ it!

Josh Sager January 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

You look and sound like you are already having the time of your life, Sean. Warms the cockles of my heart (gag) to see you have such a positive experience of the Thai people.

Let me know when you have some time – after you’ve settled a bit and Cody gets sick of you – and see if we can talk. January 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

this is so awesome! i love blogging and am still working on making the most of it & connecting with people. keep doing you and motivating us on the way 🙂 i cant wait to travel! i want to hit up Belize…we’ll see if i can make that happen! 😉

Rasheed Hooda January 14, 2010 at 8:53 am


you da man!

I am so excited that you are enjoying your life there and finding purpose and motivation in what you’re doing. That is awesome. Keep Rocking.


Beth January 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Loving the passion in your post. This may be one of my first comments, but I’ve been following your story for awhile. I am really really glad regarding your optimism, and your enthusiasm is infectious. We only get one chance, you’re right, and I’m glad you are utilizing it to your fullest.

BTW – love the assistant. It’s great he’s willing to work for just bananas.

Lauren January 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Great advice. I recently realized that what makes most blogs successful is that they show the process – not just the end result. So, I recently started a new blog – http://www.dropshipmaven – to document my path to become lifestyle independent through my drop shipping business. I’m not a wildly successful entrepreneur yet, but that’s the kind of thing that will help others who want to do what I’ve done in a few years! I’m very excited about it. Plus, it’s helping me personally to document my successes and failures.

Ian Nuttall January 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

This was, in a word, amazing!

You’re living the dream, man! You can really feel the passion coming across as you talk about this stuff and it’s refreshing to see someone so obviously genuine and interested in helping other people to achieve their dreams too.

I actually did start a blog recently and I will most definitely email/Skype you at some point in the future for some advice.

Can’t wait till the next video post is up. Keep doing what you’re doing, Sean and if you’re ever sick of palm trees, sunshine and the sea and you find yourself in England, let me know and I’ll buy you a beer and pick your brain in person!

Steve January 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Ha! It’s 51 degrees and raining in Portland. Shows what you know! Keep up the good work.

Matt Cheuvront January 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Some people talk the talk, you clearly walk the walk – I’m a fool for not being a regular around here before, but I promise I will be from now on.

I could not agree more with your advice – a blog is the pathway to endless possibilities – I moved from Nashville to Chicago (slightly less dramatic than Thailand) and all of the friends and connections I’ve made in my new home, almost every single one points back to my blog. It sounds so stupid to a lot of people outside of our “circle” but to everyone who will listen, I am right there with you, imploring people to start a blog, start writing, start talking, and start making those connections.

Cheers to you my friend – would love to chat some time.

Brett - January 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm


Awesome video. ‘Nuff said. I already have a blog up, so I have to improve my life using the second step you didn’t mention…

…KEEP BLOGGING. It’s simple – painfully obvious even – but if you don’t persist with blogging, you’ll get nowhere, and miss out on the amazing connections you can have with people who have the same ambitions as you and truly want to help you out.

Keep living the dream!

MK January 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

So awesome. I’ve been following this blog since the beginning – it is great to see you finally getting to Thailand. I’m so happy for you!

Now off to finally get that blog off the ground…

Nate January 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Really enjoyed this video, Sean. It’s great to see you really there and living it up. As for your advice, I couldn’t agree more. Even though I’ve slowed up on my blogging a little bit, because I decided it’s not going to help me make me money to finance my freedom and I need to focus on that more, I still cherish my readers and the people I’ve been able to connect with (that definitely includes you!) since I started it.

Anyway, great to see the video and I can tell your really excited and buzzing with creativity. Looking forward to the upcoming posts!

Kristin January 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Woohoo! Thai babes in bikinis!!! (I’m only writing that because…well because it’s true….more of that)

Also, thanks for yet another reminder of why I need to get back on my blogging schedule. Maybe even video posts. I’ll have to do something really interesting with my life so people will want to watch which will in turn mean that I actually do something really interesting with my life…which I guess would be good for me then too…


Benny the Irish polyglot January 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Hear hear!!
My blog has helped me connect to so many people interested in the same goals 🙂 It’s also public pressure for me to achieve them. If I just promised myself, I don’t think I would have made it to the milestones that I have in the last 7 months!

David Damron - LifeExcursion January 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Awesome video man. I want more of them. I love the video blogs.

It is great seeing someone actually doing all of this. I am excited you are showing people it can be done.

David Damron

Karen January 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I always pronounced your name in my head as Sean Oooogle. I had no idea the real pronunciation is so much more normal. Just sayin’.

The excitement in your voice is infectious. It so exciting watching your blog develop since last year. I totally agree that blogging is life changing. There’s something about it that attracts people of like minds to you, and creates relationships with the most authentic parts of yourself. I think I want to write a post about it now. 😀

Glad to hear you’re having a blast in Thailand. 🙂

Sharon January 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Great job Sean! I would LOVE to skype with you! Call me. I think you know the number. :o)

Vita Reid January 15, 2010 at 3:47 am

Your buddy David Damon encouraged me to write a blog and to review this post. And now I see why.

I am in the process of down-sizing my cluttered apartment in furtherance of my goal to become a minimalist. I had been writing lengthy comments on his post, and now I five days later I have a blog of my own — my first ever.

I had no idea that I would love to write, but I do.

Thank you so much for the video. I hope to create podcasts and video blogs real soon.

You are an inspiration to novice bloggers like myself.

Vita Reid

Bry January 15, 2010 at 4:04 am

Amazing message. I am so inspired by you. I feel like I am on a journey and I am not quite sure where I am going. My blog is definetly key in my journey. I am just starting to understand that. Keep doing what you are doing!!!!!

Brandy January 15, 2010 at 5:08 am

This is a good reminder that I need to start a blog myself. I keep telling myself that I should, but, like so many things, I never get around to it. I did, however, quit my job and now I’m in Australia! I’m glad to see you’re having fun in Thailand.

Kevin M January 15, 2010 at 7:05 am

I don’t see a video anywhere on the page.

matt January 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

so how do you recommend going about figuring out what exactly you want to do? what if you have 10 or so things you’ve been thinking about for years and you kind of want to try them all but know that in order to be successful you should focus on one and go full force at it?

Jacob January 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Shave your chest!

Just kidding…it looks AMAZING out there! Can’t wait to come visit in 7 weeks!!!

Oh, and very nice video. It’s hard to talk eloquently for 3.5 minutes. That’s why I have to ask my kids questions during lectures. Nicely done. January 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

just wanted to come back to say u and a few other blogger have really inspired me these past couple of days…im so ready to get creative with life & my blog. id love to hear about some tips on getting to where you did….anywho thank you for the inspiration 🙂

Janny January 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

Hey Sean–
Wow! Great job on your blog.I’m very impressed.Your writing and photography are great.Your massage story made me laugh.The video terrific. It is very interesting and fun to follow…for those of us who can’t do the globetrotting at this time. We can see it through your eyes! Keep up the good work—I really think you are on to something 🙂
On a personal note, give that son of mine a hug for me when you see him. You two stay out of trouble. Can’t wait to read and see more…
Safe travels

Financial Samurai January 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Sounds like you are having fun Sean!

What are your thoughts on another way though, and that is to work full-time at a location dependent firm and then go travel 6 weeks a year?

Do you think 6 weeks a year is a good amount of time + the weekends to be able to do a hybrid lifestyle design?

Frankly, after 2-3 weeks of being away from home, I kinda get homesick. 🙂 How long do you think it will be before you wish to go back to the mainland?

Lisa January 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

Blogs do help, but I think that you point about connecting very intentionally is key to true success. I also left my job a year ago, am trying to build an independent business but also finding that I miss travel VERY VERY much. Now I need to find productive ways to combine these things, so if you have any resources I would love to learn about them. Congratulations on following your passion. Make sure you get to Angkor while you are in the neighborhood! All the best!

Moon Hussain January 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

What an awesome video. God, I hope to be doing this within a year! I strongly agree with you: I finally started a blog lat year, mid-November, and now I”m finding a lot of great people and their blogs. Networking is much better when you have a purpose behind it.

Perhaps you’ve gone over this in your other posts, but where do you work now? How do you support yourself? How can I get you to drop by my blog? 🙂

Alex Gibbons January 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

Nice post. Simple but good advice.

My favourite line?

“Starting a blog is the first step towards showing up.”

Damn right, ‘cos we all know, if you don’t show up nothing will change and you give up the chance of magic happening. One of my favourite authors, Mr Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb is fond of saying that you should go to more parties because you never know who you may meet there that could change your life for the better.

Blogging can do that. You put yourself on the line bit and great things can happen. Thanks!

Vita Reid January 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Ahh! It feels so good to be posting to the comments section again. I’m free! I’m free!

How are you these days?

My apartment is noticeably less cluttered, so much so that I ran the vacuum cleaner today. My carpet has finally seen the light of day. Oh my goodness! I had no idea the carpet was grey. lol!

My cats seem to have an incredible lightness of being now that I’ve cleared away a lot of stuff. It may be just my imagination, but I actually think that my cats have developed an agility and freedom of movement which they lacked in my den of clutter.

They now have a 40-foot clear sprint from the bedroom to the living… and they are loving it …

On Saturday I got rid of 53 CD’s by taking them to Thrift for AIDS and Mostly Books around the corner.

But one thing occurred to me a few days ago: The word SALE can be an ugly word for a reformed clutterist like myself. If I’m not careful, I will have purchased twice the amount of stuff I got rid of … sort of like gaining more weight back than I lost initially.

Go away SALE! … step back I say … away with you … BE GONE! I no longer wish to purchase items I don’t need. I want the freedom of owning nothing ….

May all your clutter-free dreams come true.

Vita Reid

Ms. Freeman@Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur January 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

Way cool! I am glad I caught your video! 🙂

I look forward to following your journey, my “Thailand” is somewhat the same as yours, but maybe not as adventurous. LOL:)

David Walsh February 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

Absolutely love this line: “Starting a blog is the first step towards showing up.”. Dead on.

I’d even say it’s not about having a blog – it’s simply about having a presence. You need some way for people to connect with you and passively stalk you for a while. A blog is definitely one way. You’re creating opportunities for people to enter your life and start a conversation.

Please have Mr. Giggles get in touch with me at his earliest convenience. I would like to use him to meet women.

Mike March 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Ha this is so crazy. I found you through ben’s similar post. I was searching around cos i had just started a blog in order to get off my ass and actually do stuff. I’m really happy to know it’s been a good kick up the arse for other people too.

Might be nice to have a chat, although i’m sure time difference would play havoc with us! Just drop me a line if you’re ever in italy. If / When i go to Thailand, i’ll prob end up in Phuket – and advice?

ps I just noticed that La Tomatina is on your ‘list’. I’ll def be going this year.

Steve Chenoweth April 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Passion! It’s great to see it and to see you’re desire to share it with everyone you can. Looking forward to your next inspiring update from Thailand! Cheers, Steve

Stacey August 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for all of your posts, Sean! I have been following you for a while now, and I finally did start a blog! It’s tricky trying to find the time and wifi availability to keep it updated while traveling…any tips on finding (preferably free) wifi when you travel?

Thanks so much~!

Andy September 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Why don’t you post more vids? I want to see some footage of your trips with jetblue!

Loved this video BTW. : )

Lois October 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

hey sean, these words really got to me:

‘Bottom line is that we have one life to live. We are given one chance. So why waste it on something you aren’t excited about? Start taking steps to doing the things you really want to be doing.’

Thanks for the call to action. You are absolutely right, we should all start living a passionate life. Thanks for the reminder!

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