Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone (Interview With Sean Ogle)

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In last week’s post in this interview series I interviewed Joel Runyon, founder of Impossible HQ, about doing the impossible and what it taught him about comfort zones. In today’s post i’m talking with Sean Ogle, creator of Location 180, about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and seeking new challenges. Here goes…

1) What is your perspective on getting out of your comfort zone? Do you proactively seek new new challenges?

Sean: The vast majority of people make a conscious effort to be as comfortable as possible. Uncertainty is terrifying and most people do whatever they can to stay away from it. The reality is, if you don’t push your comfort zone and experience that uncertainty you’re never going to know what you’re truly capable of.

These days I’m constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities. After I left my job I realized that most things I thought were impossible weren’t nearly as difficult as I’d made them out to be – so I try and keep that in mind and am constantly trying new things.

2) In 2009 you quite your job and moved to Thailand, at the time what did that feel like?

Sean: I still remember the day in January where I first hopped in the ocean in Ao Nang, Thailand, looked up at the cliffs above me and couldn’t believe it was real – it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. That’s not to say the transition didn’t have it’s challenges. I had a lot of guilt about leaving at first – I had no idea if I was making the right move.

However within weeks of leaving it was clear that I was already much, much happier. So even if the business and travel thing didn’t work out, it was still the right thing to do.

3) What did moving to Thailand and travelling teach you about overcoming challenges?

Sean: Moving to Thailand taught me that most challenges we face aren’t nearly as difficult as we make them out to be. So often we think something is going to be really difficult – so we don’t even try. However when we make a real effort to overcome an obstacle, it’s surprising how often the limitations are merely something we’ve made up so that we don’t have to put forth that hard work to create something.

4) What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done, and what did you learn?

Sean: It’s actually not business related at all. The hardest thing I’ve ever done was finish a marathon last year. I hadn’t really trained and wasn’t in the best of shape to begin with. I learned that if I can do that, I can do anything. Of all the things on my bucket list, this was easily one of the top 3 things I never thought I’d actually accomplish.

Once I did that so many other things seemed easy by comparison.

5) What’s the most important thing to you about your lifestyle?

Sean: Freedom. Simple as that. The ability to do what I want, when I want is the greatest gift I could possibly have, and I try to never take it for granted. When I’m slacking or procrastinating I always try to remind myself that this lifestyle is something I’ve earned not been given, and if I want to keep enjoying it, I can’t rest on my laurels.

6) Any other final words of wisdom? How can people connect with you?

Sean: If I had to leave you with one piece of advice, I’d say the only thing keeping you from doing what you want to do in life is you. You can make all the excuses in the world and place blame on whoever you want, however in the end it all comes back to you.

Best way to connect with me is through Location 180.

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