“Have a nice life!”
Um, did that just happen? Needless to say, quitting hadn’t gone over as well as I had hoped.
I stood in the middle of my office and looked in surprise at my fellow co-workers, digesting the last words to me from my soon to be ex-boss.
But, before we get to the quitting, let’s go back to where it all started.
May 16th, 2011:
I found your site through Dan at Tropical MBA, and have been reading a lot of it over the weekend. I just signed up for the Location Rebel updates, and love what you are doing.
All I wanted to do was just drop a quick note of thanks. In the past year I quit my high paying corporate finance job, and took a job that makes me happier (and has plenty of vacation time), but I’m still not where I want to be, I spend a lot of my day bored and unmotivated, except when I am working and thinking about my own side projects. You’re become an SEO freelancer in 48 hours will be a welcome distraction this week.
I’ve loved reading Location180, and I cannot wait to be a Location Rebel myself, so keep it up, and thanks for all of the tips!
The Job Hopper
I’d call myself a serial job hopper. Right around the 2 year mark in any role I was in, I’d start to get antsy, feel trapped and wanted to get out of there.
For the longest time, I had just assumed it was that I hadn’t found the job that was right for me.
When I ended up in academia, I thought this has to be it for me. Coming from Wall Street it was like a different world: casual dress code, little stress, lots of vacation time. But, even after a few months, I still wasn’t happy.
In late 2010, I figured I might as well do something with all that free time and started a travel blog. In all honesty, I didn’t do it thinking that it would be my ticket out or I’d make it big as a blogger quit my job and run off into the sunset, though it would have been nice.
Fast forward to that Spring.
The job wasn’t cutting it, I was bored out of my mind, but I didn’t know what to do. I dreaded the thought of going back into finance and I didn’t want to have to start looking all over again, either. The thought of going to yet another office where I’d just end up feeling unmotivated and trapped was overwhelming.
Obviously, I reasoned with myself, I am not meant for an office.
Taking the First Step
But I had absolutely no idea how to get out on my own. It was way too daunting, I had no skills, I had no way of making money, I didn’t even know where to begin to start looking for help. I was desperately afraid of being trapped in this life forever, and the thought of 35 more years under the florescent lights was too much.
And the divine Internet Gods threw me a lifeline.
I found the TropicalMBA, and spent a day reading all the old posts, in there was one about the TMBA1: Sean Ogle.
Sean’s story resonated.
Finally, someone like me.
After I read the “My Last Day” post, I sent Sean that email. I am 100% sure I didn’t realize it at the time, but that email was the first step to where I am right now, officially location independent.
If you’re here, then you read the site, and you know that Sean is legit. By the time Location Rebel came out, we had been emailing back and forth a few months, I trusted him enough to know this product would be a game changer.
Enter: Location Rebel
Once I got in LR, I found my people.
Between the forums and the blueprints, I found all of the tools that I needed to get myself into gear and start making all the moves towards becoming location independent.
LR gave me a step by step guide into figuring out how to become independent. Each one of the blueprints act like building blocks of skills, SEO and copywriting blueprints build to product creation or affiliate marketing, for example.
October 12th, 2012 was my last day in the 9-5.
I won’t lie and say it was easy, it wasn’t. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice, I did everything while still working full time at my job, so I spent a lot of nights and weekends building my skills and working on projects. It took two full years from thinking about starting my blog to the day I left the office.
Yes, it is really scary, but I can’t wait to get started.
Sean OgleSean 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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