These days, everybody’s got advice to give, it seems.
Just this morning, someone at work forwarded a list of the top 10 BEST pieces of advice according to some dude named Dan Schawbel (and Forbes, apparently) for all millennials.
According to Dan and the popular media of the world, we should never settle for a job we’re not passionate about, make a big impact IMMEDIATELY at a new job (haha), take risks early and often, spend more time with people, measure your work outcomes and SACRIFICE today to position yourself better for tomorrow.
Sure thing, Dan.
I’ll pencil this in for Thursday. Wednesday’s already filled up it looks like……I’m uh….oh hmmm YEP, Wednesday I’m settling from 8 – 6:30.
Sometimes advice from every imaginable expert on success makes for great lunch-time reading.
Sometimes you just don’t want to hear it.
Here’s some Tuesday advice: take a break from world domination plotting and wondering what more you could be doing (I’m speaking to myself as well here) and write a reverse bucket list.
You’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about.
Just so happens that in the same hour that I was blessed with this life-changing advice, I also read a blog post from this Awesome woman who cleverly wrote a bucket list in reverse.
This inspiring Millennial, Amy, “[took] stock of all [she has] accomplished thus far” on her milestone birthday.
My advice is to take half a second to think about the things you’ve already accomplished in your young, medium, more medium age and revel in it for a second.
Swish it in your mouth.
Enjoy the moment.
Get some perspective.
As Amy puts it, “once you start recalling all the amazing things you’ve already accomplished in life, those looming items unchecked off your bucket list don’t seem too daunting, or out of reach.”
What follows is my reverse bucket list.
- Learn a 3rd language
- Visit Cuba
- Work for a Fortune 500 Company
- Compete in a National Figure Skating Championship
- Share my passion for figure skating with others
- Zip-line in Costa Rica
- Take my little sister to see the Statue of Liberty
- Cook for my grandfather in my NYC apartment (he flew in!)
- Shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
- Win a medal in the school district’s Optimist Speech Contest (I was 13)
- Swim on a swim team
- Experience high tea in a castle in London
- Take a cruise with my mom
- Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
- Have a spa day in Bath, England (the historic site of the Roman Baths)
- Connect with a stranger on an international flight
- Ride the Maid of the Mist under Niagara Falls
- Camp on a deserted island
- Celebrate my birthday on a beach
- Climb Sleeping Bear Dunes
- Ride a roller coaster with my little sister
- Graduate from a top university
- Live in Mexico
- Sail in Greece
- Be inducted into my university’s athletic hall of fame
- Play in a recreational league (softball!)
- Watch the sunrise from an old fishing boat out on the ocean in Puerto Escondido, Mexico
- Study in Madrid, Spain
- Write letters to a friend in another country
- Live in New York City
- Go prom dress shopping with my mom
- Run a half marathon
- Join a book club
- Sit front row at a broadway show
- Dance all night in Florence on New Years Eve
- Volunteer at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
- Eat home-made Moussaka in Mykonos, Greece
- Ride an ATV
- Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home
- Attend a wedding in Europe
- Go tubbing on the Aegean Sea
- See Santana live in Mexico City
- Ski a black diamond trail
- Take a boxing class
- See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
- See the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
- Be a guest on a daytime talk show
- Take the Chicago Architectural Boat Tour
- Try wakeboarding
- Live in Chicago
- Start a personal blog
Thank you, Amy, for this wonderful idea.
I have 50 here (and 1 as the cherry on top). I challenge everyone to write a reverse bucket-list.
It reminds you of the Awesome in your life.