110 Awesome Things I Want to Do Before I Die

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 “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

Life without possibility is boring and uninspiring.  But it’s easy to fall into living a life without possibility.

As a kid, we have no problem dreaming. Possibility is our toy of choice. But as we enter university and then post-graduate life, this feeling of infinite possibility begins to wane.

The stresses and obligations of adulthood start to take a toll. Our lives become more complex. We find comfort in our routines. And without us realizing it, the world starts to narrow.

We start to live in the world of real and imagined constraints. We live in a world of “I wish I could, but I can’t.” As we adjust to this new world, we do a great job of creating narratives to support why we can’t do certain things. Under these narratives, possibility slowly suffocates.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The possibility is still there. You just have to remove the constraints and give yourself the time and space to think. Here’s how you re-enter the world of possibility.

Imagine you have the right skills, relationships, money, flexibility, and fitness to do everything you can think of. Remove the constraints. Forget the narratives. And then:

Write down all the awesome things you want to do before you die.

Don’t worry about being “realistic.” Brainstorm without constraint for 30 minutes. Think of ideas across all the areas of your life – business, contribution, travel, personal development, and so on. Begin to see possibility again.

Observe how you feel at the end of this exercise. Revisit the practice whenever you slip back into the uninspiring world of constraints.

When you define a vision and set of possibilities for your life, you will be excited to wake up. Instead of staying under the covers and resisting life “for 5 more minutes,” you will get up with the energy and drive to make your vision a reality. That’s living.

Below is my list from the exercise.

Financial and Business

  • Build a company that generates $100 million in annual revenue\
  • Earn $50,000 from one speaking engagement
  • Generate over $5 million in passive income
  • Have a personal chef nicknamed Hobbes
  • Own a beach house in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia
  • Own a yacht docked on the coast of Croatia
  • Sit on a Board of Directors
  • Own a Picasso and a Van Gogh

Travel

  • Visit 100 countries (currently at 31)
  • Visit 20 countries in Africa
  • Visit space (ideally sitting next to Richard Branson)
  • Motorbike across Vietnam with strangers
  • Motorbike across South America with friends
  • Step foot in Antarctica
  • Hitchhike across Europe
  • Road trip across the United States with friends
  • Sail around the world
  • Visit 5 countries with a girl I just met

Personal Development

  • Read 2,000 books
  • Speak Spanish fluently
  • Become a great surfer
  • Get certified to teach yoga
  • Meditate every day for one year
  • Be alcohol-free for one year
  • Experiment with microdosing
  • Become a wine connoisseur
  • Attend a 10 day silent retreat
  • Run a half marathon
  • Learn to dance salsa, tango, and samba
  • Play Wonderwall by Oasis on guitar
  • Learn to box
  • Go to a therapy session
  • Be vegan for 3 months
  • Consume no caffeine for 6 months

Experiences

  • Race tuk tuks in India
  • Tour vineyards in France and Italy
  • Surf in Taghazout, Puerto Escondido, Byron Bay, Ulu Watu, and Jeffreys Bay
  • Trek to Basecamp
  • Skydive at Mount Everest
  • Hike in Patagonia
  • Dive in Belize
  • Ride camels in India
  • Climb the Great Wall in China
  • Go on a safari in Africa
  • Party in Ibiza
  • Cage dive with sharks
  • Drive around the Ring Road in Iceland
  • Ski in the Swiss Alps
  • Drink vodka in Russia
  • Live one week as a monk
  • Salsa dance in Cali
  • See the Northern Lights

Events

  • Attend the Masters
  • Attend the World Cup
  • Attend the Superbowl
  • Attend the Oscars
  • Attend Burning Man (August 2018)
  • Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos
  • Attend the Summer and Winter Olympics
  • Attend a Tony Robbins seminar

Creative and Entrepreneurial

  • Speak at Ted
  • Speak at Princeton’s Commencement
  • Be an international thought leader about life
  • Start a top 10 podcast
  • Be a New York Times bestselling author
  • Participate in a major movie
  • Start an exclusive co-living space
  • Own a world-class speakeasy
  • Be a guest on James Altucher’s podcast
  • Start a blog with over 1 million unique visits
  • Get on Forbes 30 under 30

Contribution

  • Make self-improvement part of mainstream education
  • Start a pay it forward movement
  • Improve education with technology
  • Improve the lives of 10 million people
  • Mentor 100 entrepreneurs on new businesses
  • Donate $10 million to charity
  • Prevent 1,000 suicides
  • Start a charitable foundation
  • Call out racism and sexism every time I see it
  • Help 100 kids get into elite universities

Why Not

  • Get a tattoo remembering my mom (April 2018)
  • Fall in love three more times
  • Put $10,000 on black
  • Have a child
  • Marry someone who challenges me
  • Shave my head and grow a beard (February 2018)
  • Wear swim trunks for an entire week
  • Make a video documenting my travels
  • Host an Argentine style asado
  • Crash a wedding and give an awesome toast
  • Buy a round of water for everyone at a bar
  • Buy a stranger ice cream after they are rude

Principles to Live Every Day

  • Smile and laugh regularly
  • Design a life of possibility
  • Be humble
  • Stay curious
  • Choose your response
  • Be grateful and never complain
  • Practice compassion
  • Pay it forward
  • Focus on solutions, not problems
  • Just start
  • Seek to understand, not judge
  • Question the rules
  • Invest in relationships
  • Start with why
  • Choose courage over comfort
  • Listen
  • Relax

I encourage you to share your list with others as well. It’s inspiring to see what people set out to achieve.

And remember, the only real constraint is your imagination and commitment to creating the the life you want.

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