I believe that setting goals can make the difference in living a great life with many great achievements, and living a mediocre one with mediocre achievements. This page is a living list (still incomplete) of the goals I’ve begun setting for the areas of my life.

Last Update: Feb 1st, 2013

Professional & Career

  • Write a guest article for a popular blog
  • Write a short book and have it published
  • Develop a small web app that helps at least 1,000 people
  • Develop a small plugin that helps at least 1,000 people
  • Develop a large web app that helps at least 10,000 people
  • Develop a simple ed. course that helps 1,000 people
  • Develop a in-depth ed. series that helps 10,000 people
  • Inspire at least 1 person to start their own business and improve their life
  • Go to a web technology industry conference (eg. SXSW, EECI, etc)
  • Speak at a conference
  • Be a guest on a podcast or radio show
  • Contribute to an open source project
  • Land gigs as a photographer
  • Be an entrepreneur with at least 3 successful businesses
  • Be the CEO of my own company
  • Develop a WordPress plugin that helps at least 1,000 people
  • Volunteer to create a website for a non-profit organization I support (in progress)
  • Proficient at writing Javascript [view Github profile]

Creative

  • design a t-shirt that at least 50 people wear
  • copy and remix other’s work (for practice)
  • compose a song that moves those who listen (evokes emotion)
  • create a music video
  • create a music video for a song written by me
  • shoot a documentary
  • be featured in a design publication (gallery, blog or magazine) [2012 – DVD Artwork featured in Disc Makers Magazine]
  • get featured in a photography publication (gallery, blog or magazine)

Financial

  • earn a full-time living from passive income sources
  • supplement income by developing helpful products
  • become financially able to retire by age 40

Fitness

  • Complete P90X [done… twice!]
  • Build a muscular physic [June 2013 – BodyByHabit.com]
  • Learn how to eat healthy and track what I eat
  • Get a six pack
  • Run in a Spartan Race or Marathon
  • Learn parkour and make an awesome montage video

Personal

  • Meet Patrick Stewart
  • Get a street motorcycle and ride it
  • Try a vegan diet for at least 30 days and blog about the experience
  • Try a gluten-free diet for at least 30 days and blog about the experience
  • Learn how to dance (Hip-Hop, Swing, Ballroom)
  • Learn to sing (well)
  • Sing in a recorded song
  • Learn to play an instrument (Guitar, Drums)
  • perform on stage in front of at least 300 people

Adrenaline Rushes

  • Go base jumping in a flying suite
  • Go scuba diving
  • Learn to Surf
  • Go Skydiving [June 2002, July 2006]
  • Go Bungee Jumping

Material

  • Canon Rebel T3i [July 2013 – Canon Rebel T4i]
  • Macbook Pro (retina)
  • Electronic drum set
  • New acoustic guitar

Regular Habits

  • read and write regularly
  • be creative
  • be helpful
  • make progress towards goals
  • review and rewrite goals at least once a year
  • love my family
  • love my neighbors
  • be a leader
  • be ambitious
  • be persistent
  • be insanely romantic
  • really live, don’t just exist
  • practice and pursue good character

Character

  • Be a great leader — one who’s loved and respected
  • make a significant and positive difference in someone else’s life
  • Be there for a friend in need

Quotes to Remember

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
— Albert Einstein
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
— Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain
“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
— Dhirubhai Ambani
“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more manhood (or womanhood) to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”
— Alex Karras
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
Earl Nightingale

Spiritual

Travel

  • Take a vacation on a cruise
  • Live on the beach in a tropical country for 3 months

Some of these goals were inspired by Joel Runyon at ImpossibleHQ.