As I sit here writing this, the 2015 World Domination Summit (which I help produce) has officially been over for about 12 hours.
I’m exhausted. My head hurts. I’m slightly overwhelmed with the work I’ve put off. But most importantly, I couldn’t have been happier with the way this year’s conference went.
In my opinion, our 5th year was our best ever.
We broke 5 world records. We created art for kids with life threatening illnesses. We created a microcosm of Portland. We fostered a welcoming community for people all over the world.
And I hosted my first ever Location Rebel Academy live event.
It was 3 hours of me on the stage in front of 250 people:
- “How were people going to react to my presentation?”
- “Would it be relevant to them?”
- “What if I completely freeze up and make a fool of myself?”
These questions and a thousand more bounced around in my head in the weeks leading up to the event.
And you know what happened?
We totally rocked it.
Like it was just me hanging out with a bunch of my friends – and that was a cool feeling.
During the Location Rebel Academy session, I went deep into the why. Why is this type of lifestyle business a worthy route? Why should you take a risk and pursue something unconventional?
We also got really practical and I shared my 4 step process for how to build a business you can run from anywhere on earth.
The event was a ton of fun to host, but even better, were meeting all of the people who attended over the course of the next few days.
This morning I’ve been thinking about some of the things I talked about during that Academy, and what some of my key takeaways for the audience were.
As many of you weren’t in Portland this week, I figured I’d share with you 10 lessons every aspiring location rebel should know.
1) At first your business should, enable your passion – not be built on your passion
Building a passive income business around your passion is hard. Most people who pursue it fail – for a variety of reasons.
However, starting a business built around tangible skills and freelancing is a much more straight forward process and is the easiest way to make money on your own online.
Sure it’s sexier and might be more fun at first to build that passion business. But you should focus first on a business that enables you to do the things you’re passionate about.
2) Selfishness isn’t always a bad thing
To succeed as a lifestyle entrepreneur, you can’t be afraid to be a little selfish at first.
I left my job, my girlfriend, and family and friends to move to Thailand and focus on growing a business. It made a lot of people upset, but I wasn’t truly happy at the time – and had I not done that I’d never be where I am now.
Be selfish. Focus on yourself and build that thing you want. If you’re selfish for a short period of time, it can lead to a lifetime of generosity and helping others.
3) Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty
Uncertainty is scary. Most people will take an ok life, or a life of comfort – rather than taking that minor risk to do the thing they really want to do.
There’s nothing wrong with that. But think about what you really want. Think about whether or not you’ll really be happy doing what you’re doing for the rest of your life.
If not? You might need to learn that…
4) Uncertainty is an entrepreneur’s greatest asset
When you don’t know what is going to happen next, you have a chance to make anything you want come to life.
Most people fear uncertainty. Successful entrepreneurs embrace it.
5) There will never be a perfect time
The time will never be perfect for anything.
- Want to quit your job?
- Invest in the stock market?
- Have kids?
- Start a business?
There isn’t a perfect time for any of those things – so start planning and be ready to take a leap when it feels right.
6) Don’t try and be someone you’re not
When you get on stage and speak it can be easy to become someone you’re not.
What worked for me so well at the Academy was I literally went up there and just acted like myself. I had fun, I made fun of myself, I didn’t dress up in a fancy suit.
I basically just went up there and said “hey, this system has worked for me and quite a few others – maybe it’ll work for you to. I’m happy to help however I can.”
That approach has worked really well, and it’s great because based on the feedback I received, the authenticity really shines through.
7) The secret to becoming a Location Rebel is consistency
The secret to success as a Location Rebel is really simple: be consistent. Put in a little bit of work week in and week out. I don’t know anyone who has been working consistently on an online business for 3 years who hasn’t had some level of success.
8) Copywriting is probably the most useful skill you could learn
Whether it’s at your job, a new business, or in your personal life – being able to be persuasive with your words is one of the most valuable skills you can have.
Not only will it help you make more sales, close more deals, and get more of what you want – but it’s a skill that people are always looking to pay for.
9) There is no one right way
Even though the process for building this type of business is pretty straight forward – everyone will take a different approach. Different things will work for different people, and even if the general goal is the same – there are a million ways to get there.
With that in mind, if one strategy isnt working – ditch it and move to the next.
10) You can do it by yourself – but it’s much easier (and more fun) with a likeminded community
You might refer to yourself as a “solopreneur” but the reality is there’s nothing solo about it. Having a supportive community of likeminded people who get it, is one of the most valuable things you can do to grow your business.
We’re building something unconventional – and a lot of people in your life may not understand that. However if you can find a handful of people who d0 – you’ll have the support system you need to make amazing changes happen in your life.
Still looking for that community? We’d love for you to be part of ours.
Location Rebel Academy has over 1200 members from over 40 different countries – and we’re all working to build a business that let’s us do more of the things we love. Check it out, and if you have questions about whether or not it’s right for you, simply shoot me an email Sean(@)locationrebel.com