Introducing My 30-for-30 Challenge

It has been on my mind recently that I will be turning 30 in about three and a half years. In one of the books I have read, “Fat, Forty, and Fired” by Nigel Marsh, the author talks about how we generally greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in one year, but underestimate what we can accomplish in 10. I am someone who has tended towards goal setting as a motivator for my behavior. While it has not always been a successful endeavor (forcing myself to work out being a prime example), it has been able to motivate me to do a lot of things that I might not have otherwise attempted. In that vein, I’ve decided to steal the title of the excellent ESPN documentary series “30 for 30”, and set myself a list of items to work towards here over the next three and a half years. My list, and my journey towards that list, will be tracked above on the “30 for 30” page of this website, and updates regarding the challenge can be searched for on the “30 for 30” category on this page.

I am trying to keep this list from being something that I can exclusively solve by throwing money at it. There are a number of things that cost nothing or next to nothing, but are simply skills or things I would like to do (learning to juggle/watching movies/writing a short story), there are some things that will be cheap trips or things I can do with little investment because they are weekend trips from my house (visiting Gettysburg, going to the Detroit Auto Show), and then there are some items that will require throwing money (Northern Lights, NBA Game). I have also tried to use this list to capture some other things that I think I should be able to do or would like to do, but will take a lot more work…things like running a 10k (which will take probably two years of training for me), or completing the 100 pushup challenge.

Right now I only have 28 of the 30 things on the list filled out, mostly because I kind of ran out of ideas that fit the category, partially because I was tired of googling “Things to do before 30”, and partially because I wanted to solicit some ideas from others as to how I could round this list out. So feel free to leave a comment or whatever on here, or if you already know me shoot me a Tweet or a Facebook message. Hopefully this will be fun!

-C

Corey is often contemplating the usefulness of lists on Twitter @coreylarue