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The Evolution of Fear

by Sean Ogle | Last Updated: August 30, 2010

Why do you read this blog?  Why should anyone read this blog?  That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately as I continue to decide upon the direction that this site should take.

After spending a few hours combing through old posts, I actually have an answer to that question.

Reading this blog will give you the courage to live the life you really want to be living.

That’s a bold statement.  But I sincerely believe its true.  For some this means location independence, for others its travel, and others still it may be just freeing up more time to do the shit they love.  But I’ve achieved it.  I’m living the life I want.  I can work from  anywhere, travel whenever I want, I can always make the time to do the stuff I love, and am generally speaking, I’m much happier because of it.

Who wouldn’t want that?

The difference between Location 180 and some of the other sites you might read, is that for me, things weren’t always so good.  So many bloggers show you the result of hard work and persistence, but they don’t tell you the whole story of how they got there. I’ve gone through a hell of a transition, and you have to understand where I was at before, to really appreciate where I am now.

To figure this out, I went through the archives to find some quotes that illustrated the full story of my “location 180”

I Started Out Terrified and Totally Clueless…

“So goal #4 is: Live a life interesting enough to write and read about.Defining Goals of locationrebel.com, May 19, 2009.

“The hardest part about a comfortable life is that it is so difficult to break out of. I mean, who doesn’t like being comfortable? There is very little that is unknown, and thus very little fear or risk. And that terrifies me more than anything. I have a great job. For many, it would be the perfect job. It isn’t that I don’t like what I do, rather it is a concern that I will look back on my life in 10 years and regret not taking more risks and having more adventures.” – Accountability and a Comfortable Life – June 22, 2009.

Sean Ogle in a suit and tie

Oh, how times have changed...

“With that I ask you, what is more important: Bankruptcy of the wallet, or Bankruptcy of the Soul?” – How Important is Money? June 25th, 2009.

“Breaking free is hard to do.  I don’t care who you are, but if you want to leave a steady paycheck and a “traditional” life you better be prepared to work your ass off and face a lot of stress or anxiety.  The most difficult part in the process are the months leading up to your “release date” (the term I have coined for when you start living life for yourself).   You not only have the responsibilities of your current employment weighing on your mind, but a myriad of other uncertainties to battle with.  However, once you reach your release date, half of your worries and concerns will be put to bed.  You are no longer burdened with the stress and responsibilities that came with your old life, and you have freed up dozens of hours a week to invest in your personal endeavours.  Your stress shifts from bad to good, because you are now the one in control.  Don’t get me wrong, things will probably get a lot more difficult before they get better, but you no longer have anyone else to worry about but yourself.  I am looking forward to that day.” – The Reality of Breaking Free, July 23rd, 2009.

“So rather than stifle your creative life dreams, embrace them.  Evaluate your current path and if that isn’t taking you in the right direction, change your path accordingly.  Day dreaming is your mind telling you what you really are passionate about seeing and doing in this life.  There is no better time to break out of the ordinary and start doing the things you really meant to do.” The Benefits of Day Dreaming, July 30, 2009.

I Slowly Overcame My Fears Enough to Take a Risk…

“Reading through this post,  I am realizng that it is a little more personal than many of my other posts.  At first I neglected to actually consider posting it due to this fact.  However I quickly realized that I want this to be a community of support and learning, and in order to accurately depict the process I am going through, there has to be a little bit of vulnerability.  There isn’t  a doubt in my mind that I will get to where I am trying to go, but the path to get there isn’t always easy!” What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do, August 6, 2009.

I am slowly coming the the realization that there is no perfect time, and there never will be.” Finding the ‘Courage to go Through With It, August 27, 2009.

“It wasn’t that bad.  But you know what?  I don’t want to settle for “not that bad”.  I want the best life I can possibly have, and I am now in a position to pursue that.  There is no best time for anything.  In my perfect world, this wasn’t the best time to leave.  Financially, I am not sure I am at a point to do everything I want to do.  But you know what?  If it didn’t happen, I may have been there forever.” My Last Day, October 22, 2010.

“Well I did it.  I joined the legions of car-less Portlandians, who despite their predisposition to motorless travel, still shun umbrellas during the dreariest months of the year.” I Finally Sold My Car, November 30, 2009.

“I’m not sure when the realization actually hit me, but at some point in the last week, I couldn’t help but think to myself “holy crap, I’m actually moving to Thailand”. I don’t know if it was finalizing the visa, or getting my plane ticket purchased, but after over a year of trying to work towards a new lifestyle, it is finally happening.” Holy Crap, I’m Actually Moving to Thailand, December 10, 2009. Sean Ogle on a boat in Ko Tao, Thailand

“What if I hadn’t left my job?  What if I failed to take risks when opportunities presented themselves?  Then I would be like 95% of the people in the world who don’t go after their dreams.  I couldn’t live with that. Life will present you with opportunities to make a decisions that will define how you live and what you do.  Maybe it will come in the form of a new job opportunity.  Perhaps it is a decision to leave a current job with no plans for the future.  At one point of another, you will have a tough decision to make, and it will probably scare the crap out of you. Embrace it.” Embrace Life’s Defining Moments, January 5th, 2010.

Things Only Got Better From There…

“It’s been about five months since I left my job.  In that time I’ve experienced just about every emotion possible, and over the last few weeks I’ve come to one very important realization. I love my life.” Quit Your Job, Love Your Life, March 16, 2010.

“Anyone that wants to make major change in their life can do it.  They really can. Its all a matter of turning your uncertainty into something positive, and being willing to take action when the right opportunity presents itself.” Another Year Has Come and Gone, May 8, 2010.

“No longer am I searching for what is important and meaningful in my life, as I know what it is.  I know exactly the kind of lifestyle that I want to live, except this time I know how to do it. That is where I think the new found confidence has come from.  By taking the time to really analyze my life, and make the necessary changes to put myself on the right path, I’ve found direction.  As soon as you know where you are going it’s easy to do it with authority because you believe in what you are doing.” The Evolution of Confidence, May 29, 2010.

“Coming to this city [Bangkok] gave me the opportunity to break away from the incredibly comfortable life that I’ve been living for the last 25 years.  I was able to get out of my comfort zone and experience new adventures on a daily basis.  Coming here gave me the time to explore my hobbies and passions, and have helped me to realize which ones I miss the most (I’m really looking forward to playing a round of golf next week), and which ones may not have been that important.” Thankful, July 20, 2010.

It’s important to go back and review your successes every once in awhile.  While dwelling on the past can have its disadvantages, paying attention to how far you’ve come can give you the motivation to continue going farther and ensuring that you are doing the things that add the most value to your life.

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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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