During the past two years or so, I was heavily influenced by several entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith. They did it for reasons other than status and money. They jumped off the corporate ship and onto that of entrepreneurship because they had to. It’s like this favorite quote of mine from Abraham Lincoln:
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
Sometimes, we know deep down that we need to do bigger and better things. Sometimes, we know that we have to jump out of our comfort zones and chase dreams that may not go smoothly. When others believe in us, and even when we believe in ourselves, how can we possibly live with ourselves if we don’t go for it. If we don’t, we’re letting down others and ourselves. That’s a sad thing.
About a year ago, I came across two blogs at the same time. I don’t remember how I found them, but nothing has been the same since that day. These blogs are Location 180 and Tropical MBA. Location 180 is a site ran by a guy named Sean Ogle. Tropical MBA is a site ran by Dan Andrews and Ian. Dan and Ian put on the Lifestyle Business Podcast (now known as Tropical Talk Radio) every week, which has turned into one of my favorite podcasts.
Here’s what these guys all have in common: They all own lifestyle businesses.
What’s a Lifestyle Business Again?
I brought up the idea of a lifestyle business a few months back. In short, a lifestyle business is a small business, usually made up of just a few people (many times even just one), where its sole purpose is to allow the owner (or owners) to live the lifestyle they desire. For many of these entrepreneurs, this is a lifestyle that includes:
- Being location independent and able to live anywhere they want.
- Being able to work on things they care about.
- Making money 24/7, regardless of whether or not they’re “working”.
When I found Dan, Ian and Sean, it was all over for me. At that point, I knew that what I had always dreamed of was possible. Today, I’m excited to introduce Sean Ogle from Location 180 to you. I had a great chat with him last week and recorded the whole thing so you can hear all about his great story.
Sean put roots down on the typical life after college with a finance analyst job and good pay, when he barely got away with taking a trip to Brazil back in 2009. Sitting on the beach one day while there is when he figured out that he should be living life a lot more like that (on the beach) than under the florescent lights at work all the time. Sean came back from that trip and decided to do a complete 180 in the direction that his life was going. He wanted out of that corporate rat race and instead wanted to do things like travel around the world and start his own business.
Since then, he’s done what I’m striving to do. He’s built his own lifestyle business that’s enabled him to travel around the world, work on his time, work on things he enjoys and build his career around his life, instead of the other way around. Sean’s a real inspiration to me and has been since I found his site.
Sean’s Next Big Adventure
For all you golf lovers out there, get this. Sean’s on a mission to golf on the Top 100 and Top 100 Public Courses as created by Golf Digest by the time he’s 35 (he’s 28 now). How sweet is that? And to accomplish it, he’s building a business around it, with a new golf website, Breaking Eighty. I bet I’m not the only one who thinks Sean has a ROCKSTAR strategy, to build a lifestyle business out of things he loves to do. Brilliant.
To listen to our conversation, download it here (best for mobile devices) or use the audio player at the top of this post to play it from this page. If you’re into the whole “I quit my job to do bigger and better things” aspect of this site, you’re going to love Sean’s story as well. It goes all the way back to when he still worked at his suit and tie job, to when he was on the fence about the decision to quit his job, to quitting, to moving across the world, to building his own lifestyle business. In the audio, Sean mentions a guy named Chris Guillebeau, as being an inspiration to him. I’d have to say that Chris’ blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, is also killer and something you should check out as well.
I have to say, nice job, Sean! I’m right behind you. You’re doing great things by leading us by example and showing us that the only way to do what you love is to get out there and take risks. Life is just too short not to.
Like Abraham Lincoln, you and I have people in our lives who believe in us too. Are we going to let them down?