This interview first appeared on Successilism on May 18, 2013
Back in 2009, Sean thought his life sucked. His solution? He quit his job and moved to Thailand, built his business and enjoyed his life the way he wanted it. Simple, right? Well, check out my interview with him below to find out how it all began.
How would you describe yourself?
This is a pretty broad question, but I was voted “nicest guy” in high school. Maybe that helps sum things up? haha. But really, I never take myself too seriously, and I have no problem taking a calculated risk from time to time if it results in something I’m really passionate about.
What was your childhood dream?
Oddly enough, to be a hotel manager. I think that’s where some of the travel bug hit. Then I realized I didn’t necessarily want to manage luxury hotels, I wanted to stay in them!
Things you wish you did differently?
Very little. I was in my day job for 2 and a half years and I think that was the perfect amount of time to get what I needed out of it, while not staying too long and getting comfortable. The decisions I’ve made have led me to this point, and I’m really happy with where I am.
Was there a time you felt like you were just wasting your time pursuing something that seemed far-fetched to other people?
To be honest? Not really. Probably when I first started the blog, when I had no clue where it would go, I was unsure of how I’d leave my job and create this kind of a lifestyle, but once I moved to Thailand in January of 2010, it was kind of game on.
Sure we all have our good and bad days but I’ve felt pretty good about it all along.
What prompted you to start your blog Location 180?
I was unhappy in my job as a financial analyst, and I had all of these things I wanted to accomplish in life, so I started the blog simply to hold myself accountable for doing the things I wanted to do in life.
Not anyone can do what you do, and as much as we want to live our life doing the things we’re passionate about, it just won’t work out for other people. What do you think you did differently that made you succeed?
I did the things a lot of people just talk about doing. I actually get my job. I actually moved to Asia to cut down on expenses. Yes, this is more difficult for many people with more responsibilities, but the bottom line, anyone can achieve this if they’re willing to take a bit of a risk.
So, I’d say that’s a big part of it, also I worked really hard in the beginning. I still work hard, but early on, I worked way more than I did in my old job.
What are the things you found really challenging when you decided to live by your own terms? How did you deal with it?
I’ve had a girlfriend this whole time, so managing the relationship when she has a 9 to 5 has definitely been a challenge. We’ve made that work by a lot of compromise. Where I might want to take off somewhere for three months, I compromise and go three weeks instead – and then she often comes out on part of the trip.
Also, a lot of people still think I’m on permanent vacation. But so much of what I do is wrapped up into my brand. Yeah I do a lot of cool, fun stuff, but if I didn’t do those things, I wouldn’t have a business.
How do you define success?
Happiness. If I’m happy with my life, and able to help a ton of people be happier in their lives, then that’s success to me. I don’t need to be a millionaire, I just need enough to be comfortable and enjoy the things I want to do.
Describe a typical day for you?
Depends on if I’m traveling or not, but generally speaking, it’s not much different from most peoples. I’m a morning person, so most of my work gets done between 7 and 1. Then after that I’ll often do emails, go golf, workout, or spend time with friends.
When I travel, the work is more intense and more condensed in the morning, then I’ll usually go explore or do something fun in the afternoons.
What inspires you?
People willing to take a chance on something better. SO many people want different lives for themselves, but they settle for mediocre. I’m inspired by the people who come to me saying they are going to change – and then actually do it.
Advice for people who want to become successful with their own endeavors?
Don’t give up, and don’t get discouraged. It will take a long time, and be full of big wins and huge setbacks. Commit to the process, and trust in yourself. Also, find a community of people doing the exact same thing you are. That support is invaluable.
So, what’s next?
Right now I’m working on fine tuning my Location Rebel course, and I’m building two other products around it to create what I call “The Perfect Lifestyle Business Course”.
I’m also doing a fun side project where I’m trying to play the Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America, which has been a lot of fun.