Welcome to the Limitless List
From jumping out of a plane to attending a Hollywood premiere to meeting Tim Ferriss, I had 100 things I wanted to do by the age of 31 and completed all of them. Now it’s time for a new list.
Just for fun, I’m making this list even more epic and more challenging. I’ll be adding in a lot of fun travel adventures to stay fresh but I’ll be focusing a lot more on what I’d like to accomplish creatively and financially as well. All by the age of 41. Might as well continue the trend.
Ultimately, I’ll be asking myself;
What do you want to do before you die?
Back in 2004, I started mentally writing down a list of things I knew I had to do in life. In the beginning, it wasn’t a set number of things, nor was it physically written down. It was just stored in my head and always there, calling out to me.
As I accomplished each item, my confidence snowballed. I felt limitless. Eventually, I wrote out the list, compiling 100 things I’d like to accomplish. Now that it’s complete, I started a new one, which you’ll see below.
If you’re stuck or if you’re trying to re-invent yourself, I really recommend trying new things. If you’re bored or not sure what to do (but want to do something), I really recommend just trying new things. Whatever interests you in the slightest, just go try it out. Say yes to everything. You’ll be surprised as to how quickly you’re life will change.
Here’s the list that changed my life.
Move to a new city Go to college Move into my own apartment Be an extra in a movie Try out for an olympic team Learn to public speak Complete the Body-for-Life 12-week fitness challenge Go white-water rafting Learn to sail Cliff jump Learn to dance Buy an apartment Buy a rental property Be the talk of a party Graduate university Go to university in a different country Meet Tim Ferriss Be a lead actor in a movie Act in a live play Travel alone Go skydiving Bungy-jump off of a bridge Abseil into a cave climb a volcano Climb a mountain Go zip-lining Go sea-kayaking Go hang-gliding Go river-kayaking Go para-gliding Go para-sailing Road trip with strangers Scuba dive with sharks Scuba dive at night Scuba dive with Manta Rays Snorkel with Jellyfish Scuba dive in a cenote Scuba dive from a live-aboard Swim with bioluminescence plankton Play with elephants Go on an African safari Travel in business class Travel in first class Speak in front of 100+ people Ride in an olympic bobsleigh Ride in a helicopter Fly a plane Attend Burning Man Work on a farm See Snow Monkeys in Japan Visit Hiroshima Visit the Galapagos Climb the great wall of China Organize a crazy activity for a group of people Break a World Record Propose somewhere incredible Get married on the beach Hike Machu Picchu Volunteer at an animal refuge Visit the Amazon Drive across Canada Drive across the USA in a Ford Mustang Look over the Grand Canyon Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster Ski a black diamond Be a manager Sell something door-to-door Be interviewed by a national newspaper Become a dual citizen Get paid to write Start an online business Chill in a coffee shop in Amsterdam Join the mile high club Travel internationally with my family Fly in a balloon over Cappadocia See the Himalayas in Nepal See bodies burning on the Ganges River in India Ride a camel Go horseback riding in the Rockies Learn to surf Rappel down a waterfall See Angkor Wat Eat a tarantula Ride a motorbike throughout Asia Drive a Ferrari Crowdsurf Be an inspiration Become an advanced scuba diver Stand next to lava See mountain gorillas in Africa Go to a hollywood movie premier Volunteer to go in front of a crowd Visit Myanmar Jump off a waterfall Hike through a jungle See whales in the wild See dolphins in the wild See the Monarch butterfly migration in Mexico Write a book Visit 31 countries by the age of 31
As you can see, I’ve now completed my entire list and did so by the age of 31, which is pretty cool because my birthday is July 31st. Sometimes I forget how far I’ve come but as I physically wrote out and crossed off items on my list, I was surprised by how much I’ve accomplished in a relatively short period of time. Writing it out inspired me to keep going and to keep exploring life’s possibilities.
It was a lot of fun completing the 100 things above (plus hundreds of other items not on the list) so I’ve decided to make another list. The list 2.0. I’ve added a lot of travel goals to keep exploring the world but I’ve also decided to focus a lot more on creative and business pursuits since the original list wasn’t focused on that aspect of life. It’s something that’s actually been gnawing at me much more than travel lately.
I’ll give myself until the age of 41. Ten years! Think I can do it?
And if you can help me complete any of these things, please let me know!
Here it goes – The List 2.0
I’ve gone over this list many times to make sure it’s fun, challenging, interesting and important to me. As time goes on, if something becomes unimportant, I’ll replace it with something important but equally epic. After all, it’s important that YOUR list – your bucket list – is important to you. Don’t add things just because someone else did. Really ask yourself; Is this something you want to do before you die?
For 2018: I’ve highlighted the goals I’m focusing on in 2018. Will I complete all of them? Perhaps. Will I complete one that I’m not focusing on? Perhaps as well. But I find this helps me get more practical without getting lost in all the other goals that aren’t as important to me at this moment.
- Chill with Seth Rogen
Appear on TV Be the host of a travel show
- Be the host of a TV travel show
Visit every province and territory in Canada (completed August 2019) Create a massive nationwide event
- Appear in a blockbuster comedy movie
- Sell a screenplay or novel or make it into a movie
- Write a screenplay or novel
- Write a NY-Times Bestseller
- Write a children’s book
- Act in an online comedy sketch
- Pull a prank with Jonah Hill
- Attend a Hollywood party
- Hang out with Jim Carrey
- Spend a day at Pixar
- Scuba dive every continent on Earth (two left!)
- Visit every continent on Earth (one left!)
- Appear on a national talk show
- Stay with my wife somewhere romantic under the Northern Lights
- See Narwhals in the wild
- Design a hat
- Design a t-shirt
- Experience zero gravity
- Drop the puck in the Stanley Cup finals (or watch a game 7 live)
- Get featured on the 4HWW blog or the Tim Ferriss Show
- Get interviewed by James Altucher
- See my 6-pack
- Benchpress my bodyweight
Drive to the Arctic Ocean
- Appear on the Conan show with Conan O’Brien
- Rap with Eminem
- Create an iPhone game
- Create a six-figure online business
- Get paid to speak
- Help design an art installation for Burning Man
- Scuba dive with a massive whale
- Build/Design my own house or cabin
- Become a father
- Create a dance beat/song
- Learn bachata dance and perform in front of an audience
- Create artwork or photography and have it featured in a famous art gallery
- Drive a rally / race car
- Talk about life with Tom Shadyac
- Organize and break a world record
- Make 1 Million Dollars in one year
- Live in Europe for 6 months
- Live on a beach for 6 months
- Live in a lakeside cottage for a summer
- Throw a super awesome epic party
- Help make someone’s last wish come true
- Learn Spanish
- Paint an abstract art piece
- See polar bears in the wild
- Scuba dive the blue hole in Belize
- Buy a house for someone
- Be the voice in an animation film
- Be on a game show
- Hang out with Chris Hadfield
Take a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course
- Be on the cover of a magazine
- Go storm chasing
- Have a photo featured in National Geographic
- Speak at a TEDx event
- Buy a boat for my dad
- Find my roots in Ireland with my family
- Create a fun city-wide event
- See the crab migration on Christmas Island
- Visit Madagascar
- Take my wife on an Alaskan cruise
- Stay in an underwater hotel
- Road trip Route 66 in a vintage car
- Hang out with George Stroumboulopoulos
- Road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road
- Drive the Pan-American Highway (Alaska to Argentina)
Drive the Icefields Parkway
- Sail/island hop through the South Pacific
- Sail around the Caribbean
- Dive with Great White Sharks (if sustainable)
- Witness the spectacular Catatumbo lightning phenomenon in Venezuela
- Talk about the future with Kevin Kelly
- Ride the Pride of Africa
- Stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan
- Hang out with Brian Grazer
- Ride a train through Mexico’s Copper Canyon
- Ride the Royal Scotsman train
- Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
- Sail the Northwest Passage
- Visit the North Pole
- Visit Norway’s Fjords
- Hike Patagonia
- Go on a multi-day canoe/camping trip
- See the Yangtze River by slow boat
- Attend the lantern festival in Thailand
- Organize a scuba diving event for entrepreneurs/friends
- Organize a ski trip for entrepreneurs/friends
- Road trip around Australia with my wife
Raft the Lochsa River
- Go to space
Do you have a list of things you’d like to accomplish over the next few years?
Share it below!
If you don’t have one, I highly recommend making one!
Make Your Own Bucket List
I’m not a fan of the term bucket list, which is why I call mine a limitless list or life list. However, it’s basically the same thing. The only thing I don’t like about “bucket list” is that it’s become so mainstream that it’s lost a lot to its meaning in my opinion. I see people making their entire bucket list by copying others. If you’re just making a list for the sake of having something to do, I don’t recommend it.
A true bucket list should be true to you. It should come from your heart and from your own dreams. Why put effort and money into a list that’s not very important to you?
Start like this
1. Write down a whole bunch of goals you’d like to achieve. Think of personal goals, professional goals, health goals, love goals, and travel goals, to name a few. Don’t let your limiting beliefs win. Just write them down, no matter how far-fetched they are. I write “go to space” as one of my goals. That’s about as unlikely as it gets for me at this point in time. But hey, think big!
2. Pick 10 or less from that list. Choose the most important ones and accomplish those first. If you can, choose the easiest one first to give you a confidence boost for the rest.
3. Determine a length of time for completing the list. A lot of people fail at this step. A list is great but without a timeline, it can easily become another forgotten thing on the to-do list. Look over your list or at your 10 (or less) most important goals. What length of time do you think you could complete them in? The trick is not to give yourself as much time in the world but also not to cut yourself short with a ridiculous timeline. Don’t give yourself 20 years to complete 10 relatively simple goals and don’t give yourself an unreasonably one month to complete them either. Think of a time that’s inspiring, challenging, but doable.
4. Examine your list every 6-12 months depending on the timeline. For mine, I have 10 years to do 100 fairly difficult goals. However, our dreams and interests change over time and so, if a goal is no longer important to you, cross it off and put something more important in its place.
5. Next, choose the most important goals you’d like to complete first. Now brainstorm ideas for making them happen. Create a plan for each goals. Some goals might be interconnected. Some not. However, if you don’t make a plan for it, it likely won’t happen.
Once you’re finished, feel free to share it with me. You can either contact me by clicking here or by tweeting me @MatthewGBailey so everyone can see it!