Thursday, July 7, 2011

The List

Years ago, while still attending Jordan High School, (Go Hubmen!) the school brought in a former NFL back-up quarterback to speak to us.  I looked forward to it only because it meant a break from the classroom.  

This guy told me something that changed how I approached life.  I mean this advice really gave me focus.  Something I didn't have.  It was simply advice and easy to do and I'd like to share it with you.

He told the class to think of all the things you want to accomplish in life and write it on paper.  Then place your list by your bedroom door so you see it everyday.

The speaker told us that this uncomplicated plan had worked for him and would work for us too.  Here he was, a successful athlete giving us his secret to life!  I decided that I would do the same thing.

I went home that afternoon and constructed this list (please remember I was in high school at the time):
  1. Hit a home run.
  2. Dunk a basketball
  3. Score a touchdown in a varsity game
  4. Never do drugs
  5. Don't drink alcohol in high school
  6. Go to college and graduate
  7. Other stuff that doesn't need to be mentioned here!
I completed the list and taped it to my bedroom door where I would see it everyday.  I eventually crossed off all except numbers 2 and 3.  I actually dunked a volleyball the summer going into my senior year, and during homecoming was tackled on the 10 yard line on my way to the endzone.  That tackle also tore my ACL ending my football career.  If that tackle doesn't injure me, I'm pretty sure everything on my list gets crossed off.

Here is my list today...
  1. Start my own business that allows me to live each day how I want.
  2. Marry a beautiful wife and have a family.  Done.
  3. Make the day I marry my wife the day I love her the least. (so far so good)
  4. Become a community education director.  Done.
  5. Become debt free.
  6. Go to Italy, Egypt, and Alaska.
  7. Become a great Dad that spends qualitative and quantitative time with his kids.
  8. Write a book.
  9. Run a marathon.  Done
  10. Tip a waitress $100 on Thanksgiving day.
  11. Go skydiving.
  12. Continually grow in my relationship with Christ.
I share this with you, because I think by publicly sharing it gives me some accountability to cross off items.  I have a feeling it will work.  Feel free to share with me your list at:  Want me to help you cross things off?  Let me know, I'd love to help!

1 comment:

  1. Grab that pen and cross off #7. You have become that dad--I'd guess the day you became a dad you took care of that one. I have no doubt that you will continue to be that dad for your entire life.
    Love your list.(#3 is incredible) You're good people, Nate. Makes me glad I went to JHS at the same time you did---thankful our paths crossed. I look forward to seeing more items crossed off your list--I have no doubt they will be.