In 1966 a newly married, unemployed assistant football coach was struggling to make ends meet. He did not know what the future held for him and he was struggling to figure out how to feed his family.
He sat down and created a list of 107 things that he would like to accomplish in his life. Items on this list included having dinner at the White House, meeting a US president, winning national college football title, becoming the head football coach at Notre Dame.
The man who created this list, Lou Holtz, went on to become one of the greatest college football coaches ever. When he made his list in 1966 he didn’t have any idea how he would accomplish these items. But every day he woke up with a burning desire to turn them into reality.
In 2005, I learned about Lou Holtz’s list and the power that lies in creating a life list, so I decided to write out 60 things that I would like to accomplish.
I have included my list below, with some commentary of things I have learned from that experience, I have also updated the list because some of the items have been accomplished and they were too low.
I Write my Goals Daily
Every day I write down my five big goals and often return back to this list to see what I have accomplished. It’s amazing the power that motion everyday has on your ability to achieve your goals.
Before I share my list – please see this important announcement!
I will (go, see, own, achieve)…
Italy (Tuscany, Rome, Florence) Ireland (Visited Dublin 2x) Virgin Islands
- See The Great Wall of China
- Take an Alaskan cruise
- Bora Bora
- Live in a foreign county for 30+ days
- Spend one week on a private yacht
Buy a $500,000 home
- Buy $1 million home
Have a swimming pool Own a luxury car (Lexus or Mercedes) Own a boat
- Own my own business that supports my family
Become an executive in a fortune 1000 company (done fortune 300 – over rated) Meet a billionaire (Spent the day working with Roger Penske) Meet Lou Holtz (met him at Cracker Barrel in Orlando)
- Meet Jack Canfield
Meet Jack Welch
- Meet Donald Trump
Personally know a CEO of a Fortune 1000 company (I now know 3) Present a keynote speech to 500 people Make $200,000 a year Live in a gated community Upgrade my wife’s engagement ring Write a book Fly on a private jet Fly first class
- Have a net worth of $1,000,000 (too low – should be $100,000,000 or a billion)
- Generate $30,000 per month in Passive (2016 – Original Goal was $3,000 – way too low)
Invest in real estate (2016 – Achieve but vague goal)
- Purchase a company
- Raise $10 million of capital
- Own a private jet
- 100% debt free
Weigh 178 (Lost 60 lbs) Win a Big Company Award / Trip (Won a trip to Italy, flew 1st class, got 3 off the list)
- Own a Mobile Home Park
- Own an Apartment Complex
- Own a beach Condo (2nd Home)
Go to a World Series, Superbowl, etc (gone to the world series and Arena bowl game)
- Run a 5K
- Have $2,000,000 when I retire (2016 – way too low)
- Appear in a Magazine
Learn about Photography (picture I took of Orlando was used in a feasibility study for the City)
- Develop a training program and sell 1000 copies
- Be a pirate in the Gasparilla parade (A Parade in Tampa)
- Meet a sitting US president
Run a $20M company (Had P&L responsibility for $60m) Write a computer program and sell it Launch a technology that will change the course of an industry Attend an Executive Program at a Top College (attended 4 week Leadership Academy at Wharton)
- Establish a REIT
- Generate $50,000 from a weekend teaching session
- Create a course that generates $500,000
Question: Have you written your list and if so, what’s one of the items you still have to achieve?