How to Be Happy

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 07/26/11 •  4 min read

For the last two years I’ve had one primary goal.  I don’t know anyone who isn’t pursuing this goal, but are certainly some who have placed it lower on the priority list.

That main goal is to be happy.

I mean isn’t that what life is all about?  If someone asked you would you rather have $10 million or to be happy, which would you choose?  Seems like a no-brainer right?

Duh, the $10 million!!

Ok, but seriously, it doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, it simply matters if you’re happy.

I’ve tried a lot of different things in pursuit of this goal.  I’ve made tough decisions, major life changes, and gone through a hell of a lot of uncertainty.  That said, I’m happy to report that I’ve reached my goal and then some (at least for the time being.)

Throughout everything I’ve been doing, I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually been happy for a long time.

For awhile I thought it might not be until I’ve made a bunch of money, got married, or had checked every single item off of my bucket list that I’d be truly content. The reality is that since I started to pursue my dream of being able to live and work anywhere, any time, things have been remarkably good.

I no longer fear Mondays.  Fridays and Saturdays are just as good as every other day.  I’ve done more cool stuff in the last 2 years than many people do in their entire lives.

The money is no longer the goal.  I mean sure it’s always going to play a role, since I need to survive, but it isn’t the primary pursuit.

Many people believe that in order to go out and start a business as a solopreneur you have to be extremely passionate about the work.  The reality is, yes you need to be passionate, but not necessarily about the work.  Is search engine optimization my passion? Absolutely not.  Do I like it? Yeah, most of the time.

Yet when I look back on the lifestyle I’ve been able to create because of it, it doesn’t matter if I were to dislike it, it’s what it enables me to do.  I’m not planning to do SEO for my entire life, far from it.  That said, now that I’m not spending 50 hours of week in an office, I have the free time to explore other options and learn something else that I can turn into a business!

My system for happiness has pretty much boiled down to this:

Do what you want, when you want, with the people you want to be with.

Play comes first. If you get stretched for money, get creative.  But more importantly learn a skill that will be useful to LOTS of people.  Simply knowing the basics of any one of dozens of different skills can be enough to make a livable income.

Today marks the beta release of my latest project Location Rebel Academy.  I’ve spent the last six months putting together a business development program that teaches you how to learn real, marketable skills to form the basis of a business or help you in one you currently have.

The difference between this and everything else out there however is that I’m not promising you’ll ever get rich via this program.  I’m just promising you’ll make enough to survive, and more importantly give you the freedom to make yourself happy.

It’s available for the first 20 people who grab it, and then it will be re-released in a month or two 🙂

Thanks to everyone for all the support and for giving me the ability to make myself happy.  Now to see if I can help you do the same!

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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