Five Year Plan

I've spent a long time going along with whatever was in front of my face, either idling time when I had it to idle and putting out the fire closest to me when I didn't have idle time. I haven't really nailed down any long-term goals, except in a very small number of areas. Without setting goals, the only things you can do are idle or put out the closest brush fire.

So, let's try a five-year plan.

Personal Goals.

  • Save $100,000.
  • Pay off my student loans completely.
  • Get into phenomenal physical shape.
  • Reduce my personal property by 80%.
  • Purchase better car and donate current one.
  • Acquire a place of my own.

Educational Goals.

  • Learn to play my acoustic guitar.
  • Formulate a plan for a college degree.
  • Become fluent in at least half of these languages.
  • Learn to sail.
  • Write more effectively.
  • Take an acting class.

Technical Goals.

  • Learn Ruby on Rails.
  • Gain fluency in object-oriented design.
  • Enhance 50 Words functionality.
  • Become more of an AJAX expert.
  • Study information architecture.
  • Build nifty new web projects.

Artistic Goals.

  • Write a novel.
  • Attend comedy school.
  • Take a course on art history.
  • Learn photography.
  • Be able to perform more than 50 jazz songs.
  • Study ballroom dancing.

Adventure Goals.

  • Sail the Aegean.
  • Backpack across Europe, from Lisbon to Berlin to Istanbul.
  • Kayak the San Juan / Gulf Islands.
  • Take a road trip across the US and Canada.
  • Hike to Macchu Pichu.
  • Climb Mt. Fuji.

Travel Goals.

  • Visit Paris.
  • Explore Southeastern Australia.
  • Join a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Marvel at the ruins of Ancient Greece.
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
  • Wander around Barcelona.

This is a decent start. What's your 5 year plan?

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