The 100 Things I’m Going To Do Before I’m 60

These aren’t the 100 Things I’m Going to Try. They aren’t the 100 Things I Hope Work Out. These are the 100 Things I’m definitely going to do before August 27, 2035, when I turn 60.

This was inspired by the brilliant post on Medium by Jon Westenberg, How To Invest In Yourself And Grow. There are over 1,000 shares for a reason. It’s really good practical advice. I added the deadline of 60 because I want to push myself.

I’ve been fiddling with different approaches to my day since deciding to start my blog, and this is one of the major components for my goal setting. In it, Jon gives 4 simple steps:

  1. Make a list of 100 things
  2. Divide them into categories
  3. Create a skills chart
  4. Take immediate action

He suggests taking a few weeks to tinker with your list until you’re happy with it, and I did just that. I’ve now grouped them by subject matter (something he doesn’t mention) and by whether I can do them now, I need more time, or I need more skills (the groups he suggests).

The immediate items are simple things to give you an early win and get you invested. Much like habit building, the easy, early wins could be the difference in accomplishing what you want.

I’m in the process of building my skills chart, but for now I just wanted to look at what I’m going to do in the next 18+ years. With the impossible things I’ve already done, these should be a piece of cake.

Here are my 100 Things:

Running/Fitness

  1. Run a sub 30 minute 5k
  2. Run another marathon
  3. Finish a Tinman/Sprint distance triathlon
  4. Run a 50 kilometer ultramarathon
  5. Finish an Olympic distance triathlon
  6. Run a 50 mile ultramarathon
  7. Finish a half distance triathlon
  8. Run a 100 kilometer ultramarathon
  9. Finish a full triathlon
  10. Complete the Dopey Challenge
  11. Run at least 1 5k on each continent (including Antarctica)
  12. Run at least one marathon each month in a calendar year
  13. Weigh less than 185 lbs consistently

Travel/Living

  1. Live in Canada, Denmark, and Germany for at least 6 months — Preferably Calgary, Copenhagen, and Munich or Dusseldorf
  2. Live in all 4 mainland US time zones for at least 6 months — East (done), Central (Nashville), Mountain (Salt Lake City or Provo), West (Las Vegas)
  3. Visit at least 1 new domestic and foreign city each year (starting 2018)
  4. Visit all 48 states, spending at least 2 nights in each — Use Olson’s optimal trip as a guide
  5. (don’t need VA, MD, NJ, NC, SC, TN, KY, WV, OH, IN)
  6. Visit London, Paris, Medellin
  7. Visit Australia, Nigeria, Uganda, Holland, Finland, Estonia, China
  8. Visit each continent (including Antarctica)
  9. Establish citizenship outside the US

Finance/Income

  1. Make $1000/mo blogging and writing
  2. Make $2500/mo blogging and writing
  3. Make $5000/mo blogging and writing
  4. Make $10000/mo blogging and writing
  5. Have 6 months expenses in the bank by the end of 2018
  6. Pay off credit cards/Amazon by the end of 2018
  7. Get rid of credit cards by the end of 2018
  8. Pay off student loans by the end of 2020
  9. Give away minimum of 50% of income once student loans are paid off
  10. Be debt free by the end of 2020
  11. Give parents $250,000 by the end of 2022
  12. Have a net worth over $10 million

Learning

  1. Finish my current PhD
  2. Earn a 2nd doctorate
  3. Learn German
  4. Learn a 3rd language
  5. Learn to play guitar
  6. Be the keynote speaker at an education conference

Work/Creative/Blog

  1. Work — be faculty or staff at a top university
  2. Work — be an adjunct professor
  3. Work — start a homeless education .org
  4. Work — Re-invent (or simply invent) homeless education
  5. Work — be a consultant for higher/adult education
  6. Work — create a fully accredited class
  7. Work — be a paid speaker
  8. Work — ghost write a book
  9. Work — create the education equivalent of TOMS
  10. Creative — publish a newspaper article
  11. Creative — publish a short story
  12. Creative — publish a poetry collection
  13. Creative — publish a non fiction book
  14. Creative — publish a fiction book (novel)
  15. Creative — write a film script/treatment
  16. Creative — appear on a TV/Netflix/etc show
  17. Creative — appear as a guest on a podcast
  18. Creative — have a TV pilot filmed
  19. Creative — create a comic book character
  20. Creative — pitch a 30 for 30 concept
  21. Blog — write a free ebook
  22. Blog — create and host a podcast that lasts at least 100 episodes
  23. Blog — create an online class
  24. Blog — guest post on at least one blog a month (starting 8/17)
  25. Blog — get 1,000 email subscribers
  26. Blog — get 10,000 email subscribers
  27. Blog — build an app based on the blog
  28. Blog — create a post based on Jon Westenberg’s 100 Things from How to Invest in Yourself and Grow

Experiences/Sports

  1. Hike the Long Trail
  2. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  3. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  4. Hike the Continental Divide Trail
  5. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  6. Attend soccer matches in the EPL (Newcastle), Bundesliga (Dortmund), and Liga MX (Chivas)
  7. Swim in all 4 oceans (still need the Indian and Arctic)
  8. Tour the Tesla factory
  9. Tour the Google Campus
  10. Tour SpaceX
  11. Snowboard
  12. Drive the Road to Banff and Jasper from Calgary (stay at the Glacier View Inn in Jasper)
  13. Go to Comicon
  14. Own a pro wrestling company
  15. Fly first class
  16. Attend a UFC PPV event in Las Vegas
  17. Have Google Fiber internet
  18. Get my passport renewed
  19. Attend a cricket match, A-League soccer match, and Aussie Rules football match in Australia (maybe Perth)
  20. Home brew two different styles of beer
  21. Own part of a brewery
  22. Drink wine in Napa Valley
  23. Take Jeff Goins to lunch
  24. Get my permanent denture
  25. See the pyramids in Mexico, Egypt, and Indonesia
  26. Drive a motorcycle
  27. Get a tattoo
  28. Cash in at a poker tournament (make it into the money)
  29. Play in the main event of the World Series of Poker
  30. Attend the Indy 500
  31. Drive on the Autobahn
  32. Attend a championship game for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and MLL)
  33. Attend these 18 college football rivalry games
  • Army — Navy
  • Auburn — Alabama
  • Michigan — Ohio State
  • Oregon — Oregon State
  • Texas — Oklahoma
  • USC — UCLA
  • UVA — Virginia Tech
  • Georgia — Florida
  • Florida State — Miami
  • Utah — BYU
  • Harvard — Yale
  • Cal — Stanford
  • Alabama — Tennessee
  • Oklahoma — Oklahoma State
  • Ole Miss — Mississippi State
  • Lafayette — Lehigh
  • Minnesota — Wisconsin
  • Arizona — Arizona State

Things I Can Do Immediately

Money is the only hesitation on the last three. I’ve had a couple of tattoo ideas I like for years.

I haven’t traveled recently enough to need to update my passport, but it wouldn’t take much to do it.

The temporary denture is something I’m used to (thanks 20+ years of acid reflux), but I have hesitated on the permanent one.

I’m also writing a sci-fi short story even though it’s not a genre I typically write or read. The idea came to me, I jotted it down, and I’m now fleshing it out. It may be more of an immediate item than skill needed if it gets published.

Otherwise, my list is a decent mix of things that require new skills or need more time. Some are a little of both. I can’t wait to complete them all.

Your turn. What are the things you are going to do. Not what you’re wishing for, but what you’re going to accomplish?

Push yourself a bit and turn some of your dreams and desires into realities because you focused your effort on achieving them.


Originally published at thepossibilityof.com on June 21, 2017.