On my 20th birthday I wrote the following 5 Year Life Plan:
“On my 25th birthday I will be happy. I will not have just become a ‘suit’ defined by my occupation with money as my motivation. Instead, I will be working towards something worthwhile, making a difference, enjoying and gaining satisfaction from my work. I will still be challenging myself and continuing to learn new skills, developing myself to become a better person. I will not have allowed my circle of friends to break and kept my good friends close. Most importantly, I will have no regrets and not passed up opportunity, actively looking to create my own for the future.”
Now nine years later, I am still living each day according to this life plan which has now become more of a life philosophy. This plan has undoubtedly shaped my current direction – whether that is the businesses I am developing, my quest to achieve my life goals or my general desire to seek adventure wherever it can be found.
My two business ventures are Goalvanise, an innovative web application which inspires people to create and achieve their list of life goals (due to launch in January 2012), and Big Green Fox, which develops resources to help teachers deliver career-related learning in primary schools. Both businesses are socially-orientated in the services they deliver to the community, the way they are run and hopefully soon the training and development initiatives they offer. However, I hope that ultimately they help me achieve my life goal of becoming financial independent by the time I’m 40. This would then allow me the time and resource to focus on delivering community projects which aren’t constrained by funding restrictions and perhaps turn my passion for microadventures into macroadventures! An ambitious aim but it’s summed up best by my favourite quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain