The Start of My Bucket List


A few years ago I read the book “The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Life and Work” by Ted Leonsis. Leonsis was an early executive at AOL, and is currently the owner of the Washington Capitals ice hockey team and the Washington Wizards basketball team.

What I found so fascinating about the book, and Leonsis, was his 101 List, a compilation of his personal and professional goals. As of January 2013, Leonsis has managed to achieve a remarkable 74 items on the list, some of which are quite ambitious.

I also recently finished reading “Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office” by Bill McDermott. McDermott, the CEO of software company SAP, also listed a set of goals he would like to accomplish in his life, and has done quite well in pursuing those goals

So I thought, maybe there is something about creating a list of life goals, a bucket list if you will. Perhaps having such a list will make it more likely that I will achieve the items on the list.

So I thought I would create my own bucket list, broken into various categories like Ted Leonsis has done. His categories were:

  • Family Matters
  • Financial Matters
  • Possessions
  • Charities
  • Sports
  • Travel Stuff

At this point, the categories I would have on my bucket list would be the following:

  • Family Matters
  • Financial Matters
  • Charities
  • Travel
  • People
  • Personal

Admittedly, at this point I have not given too much thought to specific items in many of these categories. This is a work in progress which I hope to refine over the next month or so.

One area that is different than Leonsis’ list is the inclusion of “people” which will be a list of people I would like to not only meet someday, but to have a brief (or not so brief) conversation with. Since this is probably the easiest one to start with in terms of coming up with specific items, let me begin my bucket list by listing the people I would like to have a cup of coffee with.

20 People I would Like to Have a Cup of Coffee With (in no particular order, just whenever the opportunity presents itself)

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Bill Gates
  • Seth Godin
  • Woody Allen
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tony Robbins
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Elon Musk
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Jon Stewart
  • Tim Cook
  • Cory Booker
  • Anna Kendrick
  • J.K. Rowling
  • John Mackey (Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods)
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Ted Leonsis
  • Jeff Bezos

If I were putting this list together five years ago, there is no doubt that Steve Jobs would have been at the top of the list.

I guess that’s one of benefits of having such a list, it starts the plan in motion before it’s potentially too late. Not that I would have necessarily met Jobs even if I had a bucket list five years ago, but having it written down as a specific goal certainly couldn’t have hurt.

So let the coffee meetings begin, I’ll gladly pay.

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