If you are anything like me, you probably have a list of goals or things you’d like to accomplish in your career or life before you settle down and retire. For me, my career involves being in and around the world of technology either as a pundit or as an innovator. You may not share this common interest, but perhaps some of the items on my to-do list will inspire you to create one of your own.
Bucket lists don’t have to be absolutely reasonable, or even likely. They’re goals we set for ourselves that our actions taken can help us work toward. Some of my goals are fairly lofty, but all of them are well within the realm of possibility.
Here are some things I’d love to accomplish in my career before I retire.
Direct a Documentary
I’ve been involved in the production of three different documentaries in recent years. Each one was produced and directed by someone other than myself. My role, for the most part, was simply to assist in the filming and production from gathering footage to producing the live show from which much of the content used in the documentaries was derived.
I’d love to have my name on the front of a documentary one of these days. The art of assembling interviews and information into an informative and yet entertaining feature-length documentary is extremely appealing to me. I have a few ideas in the works, but as of yet this remains just another item on my bucket list.
Just about every geek has that one favorite convention they’d love to attend at some point. Being more geared towards consumer and enterprise technology, the chances of me being able to attend a gaming conference (on a sponsor’s dime) is a bit slim. So, either I have to make the trek out myself, or find some way to become involved in the gaming world so that I may count on attending E3.
Either way, it’s sure to be an experience to remember.
Host a Show With an Audience of Over One Million
I’ve produced a show with an audience of about two million per episode, but never hosted. The Web shows I’ve hosted to date usually have audiences in the teens to hundreds, with a few episodes stretching into the thousands. I’ve always been the person behind the camera, and haven’t been the one in front of the camera or on the microphone making headlines.
At some point in my career, I’d like to change that. Either I would be hosting a radio show about something with which I’m passionate, or a video show along the same lines. Either way, it’s definitely a big one on my list.
Encourage One Person to Change Their Stars
I’d like to inspire someone to do something they didn’t think they could. An old expression made popular once again by the movie A Knight’s Tale is for someone to “change their stars” and make something of themselves that no one before them thought possible.
This could come in the form of someone burdened by a natural shyness to step into the light and pursue a career in entertainment, or a once-discouraged comedian to give getting on stage another shot.
If I could inspire one person to take that leap and make something great happen for themselves, I’d probably retire extremely happy with what I had accomplished.
Build a Game-changing Product
I’m not sure how I’m going to do it yet, but I’m convinced that at some point in my life, I’m going to create something that no one else has ever created. That something will need to be significant enough to change the way people think about how a common task is done. I’m not talking about an As Seen on TV product that stirs your sauces for you, but a real game-changing product or service that makes people’s lives easier.
This is the dream of every inventor, and perhaps it’ll be one of those things I never really see happen. But it’s my bucket list. I can dream if I want.
What about you? What are your dreams? What would you add to your geeky bucket list?
Bucket And Toys On Beach by Petr Kratochvil