26 Things You Never Knew About Me – and Maybe Never Wanted To

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 12/20/10 •  8 min read

For the last year and a half I’ve been talking to you about everything from overcoming fear, business building, travel, you name it.  You guys know a ton about my life story, my accomplishments and where I’m headed in the future.

But how much do you really know about me?

Some, but you could always stand to know more.  What makes me tick?  What are my biggest strengths, insecurities, hidden talents etc?  Well now is the day I reveal some of those to you.

Here are 26 things you probably didn’t know about me, and maybe never wanted to.

  1. I can ride a unicycle.  Not only can I ride a unicycle, but I can ride one that’s six feet tall.  I used to do it in parades, sporting events, you name it (we’re talking like 3rd grade here).  Next time you need a resource for your “How to Become a Circus Act” ebook– I’m your guy. Oh, and I can do it while juggling too.  You don’t have to say it – I already know what you’re thinking.
  2. I went to every Oregon Duck football game for 8 years in a row.  With the Ducks heading to the national championship I had to throw this out there.  I ran the “fan-cam”, which essentially meant I just got paid to put all of my drunk friends on the jumbo-tron.
  3. I have a difficult time managing stress.  While I have no problem taking action, overcoming fears, and doing cool stuff, that doesn’t always mean it’s easy.  I tend to let myself build up more stress than necessary for seemingly minor things.  I’ve done a variety of things to improve this, but it’s definitely a work in progress.
  4. I owned two “real” businesses before launching Location 180: T Shirts and House Painting.  My buddy Ryan and I paid our way through school by painting houses and had an awesome time doing it (usually).  And the high-end apparel company was an awesome experience that in the end became more time than it was worth.


    I didn’t say we were the smartest house painters…

  5. I secretly want to be a bartender.  I have no idea why but I’ve always had an interest in the art behind cocktail creation.  I also think it’d be cool to hear all the various stories that people tell as they pass through.
  6. I have an affinity for nice watches.  This seems like the most ridiculous hobby in the world I know –especially in this economy, in the niche I’m in, and the relative pointlessness of having a watch that’s worth the price of a car.  But it’s captivating to me, and I find something very intriguing in the complexity and subtleties of a high end time piece.
  7. Along the same lines, I have a weird fascination with the super rich.  I’m more than happy to sleep in the dirtiest hostel or bungalow imaginable, but when it comes to $2,000 hotel rooms, $500,000 cars, and a 40 year old bottle of Scotch, I can’t get enough of it.  I think editor of Luxist, Deidre Woollard has one of the coolest jobs out there.
  8. I once wrote a song to get out of taking a final in college.  When my 400 level strategic management professor told the class that the group with the most bonus points at the end of the term wouldn’t have to take the final, my mind started racing.  With one day left and a distant second place ranking, I made a last ditch effort to get myself out of the test.  To this day, my song is still used as an example for ingenuity and creative thinking as it relates to that aspect of the class.
  9. I’ve backpacked through Europe with no backpack.  In my first ever trip abroad, I was forced to check my 55 liter backpack (which took me longer to plan for and pack than any other trip I’ve taken).  It made it’s way back to my home two days before I did, and I never once saw it in Europe.  That trip taught me a LOT of lessons, but most notably, you don’t need nearly as much as you think you do to succeed and have an awesome time while doing it.
  10. I have blogging insecurity issues.  For absolutely no good or valid reason, my mind treats this whole blogging thing as a bit of a popularity contest.  I find myself getting jealous of my peers with big product launches, epic guest posts, and rapidly increasing subscriber bases.  Every rational and reasonable part of my body hates this and wishes I could stop, but the feeling is difficult to shake.
  11. Just about the only fiction books I read are by Clive Cussler.  I only read them when traveling, and I always look forward to it. Nothing wrong with some good ol’ fashioned, completely implausible adventure from time to time.
  12. I used to be the most “anti-Mac” person ever.  This weekend I just went out and bought one.

    photo 1

    Making Tshirts

  13. If I had only one goal in life it would be to help everyone around me live the happiest lives possible.  Myself included.  I really don’t think happiness is that hard, sometimes you just have to make changes that can be difficult.  It’s so cool to see so many people make changes based off some of the things I’ve done.
  14. I’m not afraid to say I’m sorry.  If I do something wrong, I’ll be the first person to admit it and apologize. I’m usually not stubborn like that.  Maybe stubborn in other ways, but not like that.
  15. I watch a lot of movies.  I could probably recite from memory all the lines of Ferris Beauler’s Day Off, The Rock, and Wedding Crashers.
  16. I love roller coasters.  When I was younger I could tell you the details of just about every roller coaster in the U.S.  Still hope to make it to the world’s coaster mecca Cedar Point in the next year or two.
  17. Black olives are without a doubt my least favorite food.
  18. When I was 14 I had my left eardrum rebuilt.  I never thought I’d be able to scuba dive until I dove in Ko Tao this summer.
  19. I got 3rd place at the state tennis tournament my junior year of high school.  I played tennis non stop for about 10 years.  However, after high school I got burnt out and have only played a few times over the last couple years.  I’m looking forward to getting back into it though.
  20. I’m generally very frugal.  I’ll analyze any big expenses to death before actually pulling the trigger.  According to my girlfriend Tate I’m the hardest person ever to shop with – since she’s had to deal with me buying a car, camera, and the aforementioned new computer.
  21. Someday I want to write a book.  But I have no idea if I’d have the focus to follow through with it.
  22. I almost went to school to be a hotel manager.  Most kids wanted to be astronauts or firemen, I wanted to run a big Las Vegas hotel.  Then I realized I’d have to live in Vegas to do that and I decided finance would be the better option.
  23. I totally believe in karma.
  24. My mom and dad are two of my best friends.  Without their support I’m not sure this lifestyle would be possible.
  25. Some winter I’m going to be a ski bum.  I’m a huge skier, yet have only been once in the past two years.  Sometime soon I plan on spending a winter in Whistler, Tahoe, Park City or any number of other kick-ass mountain towns – oh the joys of location independence.
  26. I think the best is yet to come with Location 180.  Obviously everyone believes in the potential of their blogs and businesses – but I really think there will be some good things to come in the future. 2011 is going to be one hell of a year.

Did I miss something that you wanted to know? I’m a pretty open book – shoot me an email.

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Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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