My Life List

In 2010 I sat down and wrote my first “life list”.  Some call it a “bucket list”… I call it a life list because it lists out things I want to do while I’m full of life. My first shot at making my life list in 2010 got me through #60 on this list. Then I put the piece of paper away… found it a couple years later and added up to #73. Then in September 2015 I added up to #89. Up to now it was all on a ratty old crumpled piece of paper… until my buddy Sean Ogle inspired me to put it online. So voila, here we are.

So this list is a living breathing work. As I nail things I’ll cross them off and celebrate! And as I want to add new things I’ll drop them on the list here. If you don’t have a life list go out and create one! No matter how simple it is, just sit down and write down some of the things you want to… do, experience, feel, achieve… places you want to visit… impacts you want to make… and even stupid little trivial things that you think would be pretty darn cool to do in your life. Have fun with it and put out your intention to live an amazing life.


  1. Master Spanish & have a full conversation with a native Spanish speaker
  2. Start a scholarship at my almamater (OIT)Started two in 2011! 
  3. Learn to play guitar – Started, but still long way to go! 
  4. Finish a triathalon
  5. Volunteer after a disaster
  6. Skydive over a tropical oceanBeen there done that! March 2011!
  7. Hang out w/ Richard Branson on Neckar Island
  8. Take a full day Kayak trip
  9. Catch a steelhead on a fly rod – Goal to do in 2016
  10. Take 3 weeks off, no phone, no computer, no watch – Took 4 weeks off July 2016. But did have my phone
  11. Get 100,000 views on YouTube 
  12. Master a surprising cocktail
  13. Watch the Masters live
  14. Shoot even par on a round – Haha, second guessing this one. My game is going backwards! 
  15. Go to New Zealand
  16. Travel Europe for a month… twice
  17. Raise $1,000,000 for an amazing charity
  18. Teach a college class – Doing Spring / Fall 2016 at OIT
  19. Create my own wine with grapes I grew myself
  20. Bike the entire North Umpqua Trail in one trip
  21. Speak my message in front of 1,000 people
  22. Take McKinley to Mt. McKinley (damn! Obama changed the name of the mountain :-/)
  23. Learn photography and win an award with a picture I took
  24. Be published in Entrepreneur Magazine
  25. Create an awesome “Entrepreneur Mastermind” house in a tropical location we host entrepreneurs at
  26. Help my parents retire
  27. Golf the top 5 courses in the world w/ some great friends
  28. Spontaneously jam w/ a band in a pub
  29. Hold a charity golf tourney that raises $10k $30,000 (aimed too small)
  30. Help another person achieve their dream to tick something off their bucket list every month of a year
  31. Own an awesome rare classic car, drive for a couple years and sell it at an auction for a profit
  32. Visit all 50 states in the U.S. – 26 so far
  33. Help 5 friends and family start a cool business OR quit their day job – 2 so far! 
  34. Take a 4 week road trip across the U.S. to watch baseball games at Fenway, Wrigley, NY, and others along the way
  35. Write a book that goes to #1 on Amazon and makes the NYT best sellers list
  36. Start a business incubator for young entrepreneurs that creates 10 $1mm+/yr companies in 10 years.
  37. Take a spontaneous roadtrip to another state w/ Carly and the kids w/ absolutely no plans
  38. Learn to ballroom dance
  39. Fly in a fighter jet w/ my dad
  40. Raft the Rogue River
  41. Mentor a teen who has a huge gift to give to the world but doesn’t have the confidence to do it
  42. Wake up before 6am 30 days in a row – Did 25 in 30 days May 2016. Gonna nail it this year
  43. Be quoted or interviewed on national TV
  44. Own a house on a lake or a riverBam! Moved into our river house on 3 acres June 2016
  45. Get in the best shape of my life by 27  29  31  34
  46. Scuba dive on a kick ass reef
  47. Hit a hole in one
  48. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich
  49. Attend the winter olympics
  50. Surf a full wave
  51. Catch a Salmon in Alaska
  52. Invest in a company that grows to $200mm in value
  53. Build my and Carly’s dream home
  54. Get 10,000 YouTube subscribers
  55. Present at T.E.D.
  56. Walk the Great Wall of China
  57. Celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary
  58. Move people enough with a talk to receive a standing ovation
  59. Really own who I am
  60. Read 24 books in a year
  61. Build enough value to charge $10,000 for a day’s worth of consulting$12k for a day on a big project in 2016
  62. Have 50,000 users of a software of ours
  63. Have my entrepreneur organization work w/ Richard Branson or Mark Cuban on a project
  64. Make lifelong friends w/ someone from another country
  65. Help create a school of entrepreneurship at a college
  66. White or do 30 videos / articles in 30 days
  67. Pioneer a new strategy or trend that makes a massive impact
  68. Organize / participate in a nationwide / statewide scavenger hunt
  69. Be 100% clear on how I am and BE that person the rest of my lifeALWAYS WORKING ON THIS THOUGH! 
  70. Take an entire year off of everyday work
  71. Hit the Inc 500/5000 list
  72. Buy and renovate a historical building
  73. Start a quarterly adventure with each of my children w/ just me and them that lasts decades
  74. Have a grand child
  75. Document the wisdom from my dad, Pa, Mom, and Danny Miles w/ video
  76. Start and write a letter every year to each child & give as a gift at their wedding
  77. Hold a bottle of wine for 15 years to drink on our 25th year anniversary
  78. Live in another country for at least 6 months
  79. Donate at least $1mm over my lifetime to charity
  80. Do a 100 mile bike trip
  81. Help Carly live her dream
  82. Write an autobiography worth telling / reading
  83. Visit Greece and Mykonos
  84. Start a company with my dad
  85. Fly my entire family in a private jet to an amazing location somewhere in the world (parents, brothers and their families, my family)
  86. Visit Yellowstone and Yosemite in the same year