I came across this list from a host on airbnb, touched and impressed, I thought it will be a great list for anyone, for me, I will simply replace “become a mother” to “become a father”.
What would you change?
Things I want to do before I perish from this Earth:
Kiss the Blarney stone.
Drive the Autobahn.
Send a message in a bottle.
Explore the Amazon.
Ride the Trans-Siberian Express.
Snorkel around the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea.
Camp among the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Drink limoncello at a disco in a cave in Italy.
Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich.
Learn to play the guitar.
Smoke a Monte Cristo in Cuba.
Scuba dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Become fluent in Italian.
Take a hot air balloon ride over Stockholm.
Read Thoreau on the banks of Walden Pond.
Ride a gondola in Venice.
Learn to juggle.
Take a yoga class in India.
Attend an Opera in Italy.
Buy everyone in a bar a drink, on me.
Zip line through the jungles of Costa Rica.
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Ride a camel through the Sahara.
Make love on the piano at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.
Walk down Abbey Road.
Become a mother.
Fly a plane.
Picnic at Stonehenge.
Drive a Zambonie.
Stay in Brazil during Carnaval.
Attend a Victorian Ball.
Hike the Appalachian Trail.
Take the cableway to Table Top in Cape Town.
Swim with dolphins.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
Walk on the Great Wall of China.
Sail in a regatta.
Stay at Burj al-Arab and eat at Al Mahara (via submarine!)
Snowshoe in Antarctica.
Tour the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Visit the Taj Mahal.
Witness a human birth.
Go to Piazza dei Miracoli and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Grow and eat my own vegetables.
Experience the Northern Lights.
Shop the black market in Hong Kong.
Take a feluca boat ride on Nile River at sunset.
Attend a white tie dinner.
Become a wine sommelier.
Take a dog sleigh ride to the Ice Hotel in Sweden.
Learn and recite “The Raven”.
Fly first class to Dubai.
Visit the Galapagos Islands.
Go on a safari in Africa.
Make pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
Kayak with killer whales off Vancouver Island.
Take a helicopter ride over an active volcano.
See the Iguazu Waterfalls in Argentina.
Snowboard the Alps, and drink Swiss hot cocoa afterwards…
I saw this video via Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) tweet on Dec. 23, 2011. hands down, the best.
Why do I post this video? It makes people feel alive, loving and loved, more importantly, it inspires me. Imagine we wake up everyday to anticipate a day like Aerialist Seanna Sharpe was preparing to do on this day of 2011. to me, 2011 became a little more special because of this.
Let’s at least try, try to make every single day in our life a special day to ourselves and others.
How to create a cult following for your startup? How about listening to Alexis Ohanian for an hour?
I am not exaggerating: Having accidentally met and spoken to Alexis Ohanian (cofounder of reddit, hipmunk, and breadpig) alone worths my recent whole trip to New York. Alexis is the mastermind behind creating a cult following that has only gone stronger everyday since day 1 of reddit, and he is doing it to hipmunk, breadpig etc. I am usually against taking notes at lecture, but the following is my non stop doodling while listening to him at General assembly last week.
You should go through it, connect dots, and apply to your startup or whatever you are doing.
Branding 101 for startups
Make first impression
Think like you have to earn every single user
Give a damn
Give lots of damns
More than anyone
It starts with the founders
TedEx: ask why, simon sink
redit: We want to be the best engine for online community
hipmunk: we want you to love travel search
1.9b page views
$500 for advertising on reedit stickers
Users come first
No one ever forgets their first hundreds or so users
Is your product social
Yes? Use it. All the time. Be a user people recognize
Just don’t make it about you
Remember who pays your bills
< 20% of your website traffic do the most work (20, 80)
Not social? (if the site is not social), basically you are fucked
NO, you've just got to try harder (hipmunk)
Look at all kinds of method to please first 100 users: home mailing address, give them surprise.
Shirt, sticker culture
Have people to do Hipmunk impression
Anyone can make a $25 decision to swag someone
@reply is your friend (twitter)
hustler (bad) vs. hustle:
We are sorry to see you go!
Blippy.com: wtf, funny 404 page
Hipmunk: we don't support trips to the past yet (yet)
NYC -> Vegas baby
Broken iPad Magazine:
Great user experience is great (free) marketing
Seatgeek.com: shamelessly promote seatgeek.com;
The pirate bay
lyrics 2% of google search
sit down with customer at starbucks.com offering free coffee
never dislocate from your user: wufoo founder handwrite to user
Go on the offensive
Make marketing that people want
Publishers want content to syndicate
“I have this great content on…, take a look” to publisher
Check out CNN/Huntingtonpost, to see
Budgets: it’s not how big it it, it’s how you use it.
chipmunk: mother’s day campaign
. 50s housewife hipmunk
“hipmunk me” campaign
- because people love what hipmunk do.
Do exceptional things for people
People want to be inspired
Tony Hsieh from Zappos.com: delivering happiness
People want to be inspired
startups vs. incumbents
got focus; focus is our resource
Do it all like you give a damn
Friends and family: look for cofounders
Paypal conference: wepay.com won’t freeze your money
adstrike.com: outdoor billboard