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adverb: to competently express interest, surprise, disbelief, or contempt

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Goals are funny things, figments of the imagination existing only until achieved or abandoned. An eclectic collection of rose coloured hopes and unfulfilled dreams of things once desired.

A goal attained is worthy of a victory dance, celebrating the small wins in life is important. Yet almost immediately I find myself asking “what’s next?“.

Travel taught me that the journey is often far more interesting than the final destination. I have found the same to be true of goals, considering how they evolve over time is more instructive than simply listing them out.

Legend:
Achieved, and remains so.
Achieved, but no longer so, will do it again.
Work in progress.
Someday, but not today.
Achieved, but wouldn't do it again.
Abandoned.

Happy & Content

  • Learn to juggle.
  • Buy a television. Get cable tv for sports. Use affordable subscription free way to watch sports instead.
  • See the Canberra Raiders win the premiership. Sigh, maybe next year!
  • Receive a hug from Julia Roberts.
  • Be interesting enough to get a girlfriend. Have sex. Get married. Don’t fuck it up!
  • Buy beer. Buy beer legally. Go out with friends often. Go out at all (after having kids). Give up drinking.
  • Learn to drive. Buy a car. Race an open wheeler racing car. London traffic and parking does not lead to happiness.
  • Move out. Live in a house I own. Design and build a dream house.
  • Get a dog.
  • Grow my hair long.
  • Grow a Santa Claus beard.
  • Have kids. Survive the early years with kids. Enjoy kids. Become friends with kids as adults.
  • Build a self-service on-demand kids television system. Pre-Netflix!
  • Get a fridge with an ice and water dispenser on the door.
  • Learn to cook dim sum.
  • Wake up without the alarm.
  • Live at the beach.
  • Get a cat.
  • Work as an extra in a Star Wars movie.
  • Make an effort. It has been said that I am grumpy and anti-social, mainly because I don’t much like people in general. 
  • Be happy and content. Feel happy often, and content consistently.

Health & Fitness

  • Learn to ride a bike. Buy a bike. Learn to ride motor bike. Only crazy people with a death wish ride bikes in London!
  • Run a sub 20 minute 5km. Run a half marathon. Finish a full marathon. Get back into running.
  • Get six pack abs.
  • Comfortably fit into a pair of jeans I wore in university.
  • Captain the Australian cricket team. Yes, I recognise that the last time I played competitive cricket was in the under 11s… details!
  • Learn to swim. Swim the English channel.
  • Stop biting my finger nails.
  • Walk at least 4,000,000 steps each year.
  • Take up rowing.
  • Exercise daily.

Holidays

  • Go overseas at least once.
  • Go backpacking.
  • Live overseas.
  • Take a city break every 6 weeks. Take regular vacations to kid friendly places during school holidays.
  • Travel carefree like a backpacker, but comfortably as I have grown accustomed.

Intellectual Stimulation

    • Buy a computer.
    • Teach myself to program computers. Work as a computer programmer. Move away from the tools, focus on customer facing skills that won’t be outsourced or off-shored.
    • Finish school. Get into university. Graduate.
    • Become a stock broker.
    • Become an accountant.
    • Become a financial planner.
    • Teach myself to program computers (for fun).
    • Study just for fun.
    • Write a book.
    • Start a blog. Maintain a blog. View the Best Finance Blogs

Wealth

  • Earn an income independent of my parents. Be in a financial position to support my parents.
  • Get a job. Get a second job. Get a third job. Semi-retire. Retire.

  • Make first million by age 30. Make second million by age 40. Have enough money to not worry about money.
  • Learn about stock market. Learn to read annual reports. Invest in shares. Invest in low cost index funds (mostly).
  • Start a business. Run a profitable business. Own (not run) a sustainably profitable business.
  • Invest in real estate.
  • Separate investing time from generating income.
  • Achieve financial independence.

 

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