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Life Goals Before 30

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 by in Life Lessons | 0 comments

Life goals before 30 – you have them, had them, or can’t stop thinking about them.  I view my 30s like my teenage years, 40s will be my twenties, etc.  You get the point.  With my standard #askallen format, I got today’s topic.  What goals did I have before I turned 30, it came from a good friend who will turn 30 in the next couple of years.  Of course I thought about turning 20, turning 30, turning 40, and yes turning 50.  If you know me, you know that is how my brain works, I always have a plan.


I will share my list in just a second, but let’s meet Erin.  I started looking, reading, and generally exploring various 30 before 30 lists.  These are lists that people develop – 30 things I want to accomplish before I am 30, and then I found Erin.  First things first, she is jumping in front of the Eifel Tower in purple glasses – so she has to be cool – but what I loved was her focus “3 before 30”:

– Get better at mobile photography

– Learn how to code – more computer-y things

– Do more of what makes me happy

As I have blogged about before, I am surprisingly not a specific list kinda person, but have always challenged myself using my Core Compasss: Dream Big, Work Hard, Learning Constantly, and Enjoy Life.  I am wise enough to understand that lists are important, they are a measuring stick – so I wont run from the question.  I do have specific measuring goals that I am working towards, they don’t fit neatly into 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, but I will share a broad framework.

Before I turned 30 my primary goals included:

– Finish graduate school (Put this on that weird list of, if you don’t have it – it matters – if you do – it doesn’t)

– Start a company (turned out to be way harder than I thought)

– The standard be a millionaire goal (I thought this was retirement, ha, this isn’t near enough)

What I find so interesting looking back is that the goals were all wrong – they focused on me – instead of something bigger – I see that now.  When I was in my twenties, I think this is very common by the way – my goals were so selfish, kinda empty, and based on the narrow prism of experience I had.  I am not saying I am that much smarter, but over the last 10 years I have clearly learned that big dreams require that you look outside yourself, garner the support of others, and be vulnerable.  So, what are my goals for the next 10 years or 10,000 hours:

– Help create 1,000 jobs

– Help raise two girls that drink water, eat real food, and understand the world is big

– Focus on being Healthy and Happy

I have big dreams but now they are much more about other people than about myself, I do work hard but I am getting better at working smarter, I learn new things every day and actually my learning capacity is picking up, I enjoy life but I am realizing that I am happiest when I am healthy.  Will I help create 1,000 jobs, will my little ones drink enough water, will I be healthy and happy?  Who knows.  I promise to try.

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