In my early twenties, I read a story about a man who wrote down 101 things he wanted to do in his life. He had created his list when he was 25 years old and by time he was 80, he had accomplished all but four to do’s.
He died before completing his list. But his list included some incredible things: shaking the president’s hand, sailing across the Atlantic with his family, and learning to tightrope. He lived an amazing life.
I was inspired by his story and convinced some of my friends to join me in creating our own list of 101 life to do’s.
Let me tell you, it was difficult to come up with our lists. The first 45 to-do’s just flowed out, the next 30 were more difficult and the last 26 felt like pulling teeth. But in the end, I had a list of 101 things that I wanted in life, ranging from reconnecting with my college friends to becoming a top Boston motivational speaker to doing a stand-up comedy open mic to, well, some things that I can’t share…
I am happy to report that I have completed 19 of my 101 to-do’s. I still have a long way to go, but that’s the fun part of the process. I check in on my list every year or so and it’s an incredible feeling to reflect on the things that have changed and things that I can cross off the list as done.
What are 101 things that you would like to do?
You don’t have to create the list all in one sitting, but be sure to challenge yourself to write down 101 things. Remember, they don’t all have to be substantial. Create a nice mix of to do’s that cover all the different aspects of your life.