I’ve decided to post my list of life goals here, after years of being cagey and secretive about them. My fear has been that people will somehow take advantage of me if these are known. But I’ve found that the more people know about what I’m trying to accomplish, the more ways they find to help me. I’ve kept this list for 13 years now, and it’s been a guide and a great motivator. I hope you gain something of value from it.

Completed Goals:

  1. Hold a position in the Associated Student Government of Saddleback College at start of Fall semester (August 22, 2005).
  2. Build a professional, full-featured website for Forte Computer Solutions by beginning of Spring semester (January 14, 2006).
  3. Pass the CA Real Estate License Exam and receive a real estate license by end of Spring semester (May 20, 2006).
  4. Complete Rich Dad’s curriculum: read and take notes on all Rich Dad books, master Cashflow 101 and 202, and read all books recommended by Robert Kiyosaki by end of Spring semester (May 20, 2007).
  5. Get a job in the real estate or computer industries by the end of Spring semester (May 20, 2007) and work all summer.
  6. Transition Forte Studios to Apple computers and completely overhaul wayneforte.com and database of artwork (March 7, 2008).
  7. Get a job teaching English at an established school in Curitiba by end of March 2008.
  8. Live and study in Brazil for at least 1 semester by the time I graduate (December 12, 2008)
  9. Be an active volunteer for the Instituto Dois Irmãos by end of August 2008.
  10. Complete a 6-month internship with Opportunity International in Cartagena by August 15, 2009.
  11. Learn to speak Spanish fluently by the time I leave Colombia (July, 2009).
  12. Complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business with emphases in South America and Marketing from San Diego State University (August 22, 2009).
  13. Graduate from San Diego State University with honors and distinction in the major (GPA of 3.5 or above) (August 22, 2009).
  14. Completely organize my iTunes Library: rate all songs, place in playlists, eliminate duplicates, correct genres, and convert movies by trip home (May 15, 2010).
  15. Write Beyond the Orange Curtain and have it published by New Year (January 1, 2011).
  16. Spend at least 2 years serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine by December 2011.
  17. Be fluent (advanced-mid level) in Russian by the end of my Peace Corps service (December 2011).
  18. Get a job in the technology or non-profit sector and move to San Francisco by April 30, 2012.
  19. Study and learn breathing techniques and practice them in everyday breathing by April 30, 2012.
  20. Set up budgets on Mint, cut up all credit cards and use only cash/debit, create plan to pay off all credit card debt, and organize finances completely by July 31, 2012.
  21. Start regular schedule of yoga by October 1, 2012.
  22. Completely redesign and launch new wayneforte.com by January 4, 2013.
  23. Publish an online professional portfolio with documented evidence of my accomplishments, in a beautifully designed format by July 1, 2013.
  24. Develop highly effective, comprehensive personal and professional productivity system by Dec. 1, 2013.
  25. Create and deliver an inspiring, moving, cutting-edge talk on my QS experiments for the QS SV Meetup on Nov. 18, 2013.
  26. Launch GSD.LAB on Skillshare and get 1,000 paying students signed up, by Jan. 1, 2014.
  27. Find a comfortable, reasonably priced apartment in the East Bay to significantly reduce my expenses by April 1, 2014.
  28. Develop solid competency with Adobe Illustrator and redesign GSD.LAB logo by Mar. 1, 2014.
  29. Grow GSD.LAB enrollment to 3,000 people by June 1, 2014.
  30. Sign a major corporate training contract for productivity/workflow design by Apr. 1, 2014.
  31. Achieve a stable balance of income and expenses, with good savings, a solid plan to pay off debt, and no financial crises, by Apr. 1, 2014.
  32. Deliver a highly engaging live class on Habit Design at Parisoma by April 1, 2014.
  33. Deliver a highly impactful, innovative 2-day pilot training to Genentech employees on May 20-21, 2014.
  34. Establish a daily mindfulness meditation practice by May 31, 2014.
  35. Attend a 10-day meditation retreat by August 31, 2014.
  36. Learn to cook 20 documented new dishes by June 30, 2014.
  37. Enroll 8,000 students in GSD.LAB by Dec. 31, 2014.
  38. Complete 60 consecutive days of vipassana meditation, for 1 hour each day, by Oct. 31, 2014.
  39. Launch an online class on Habit Design by Sept. 30, 2014.
  40. Grow Forte Labs into a full-fledged business that fully supports the lifestyle I want to live, for at least 1 year, by Oct. 7, 2014.
  41. Deliver a world-class webinar on Behavior Design for the Swissnex community, clearly and compellingly delivering insights to a standard that I’m proud of by Dec. 8, 2014.
  42. Take a revitalizing, perspective-shifting trip to Europe, reconnecting with myself and others and experimenting with the digital nomad lifestyle, by Jan. 31, 2015.
  43. Deliver an engaging, insightful, practical workshop on personal branding for InnovaLab student group on Feb. 6, 2015.
  44. Contribute groundbreaking insights to Mesa & Cadeira project for Nestle in Brazil by Feb. 29, 2015.
  45. Enroll 15,000 students in GSD.LAB by March 31, 2015.
  46. Enroll 7,000 people in Design Your Habits by June 30, 2015.
  47. Receive Junior Skipper certification from Cal Sailing Club by August 31, 2015.
  48. Deliver insightful, influential talk on Evolution of Perspective at GNE Innovation Forum event, spreading message widely through the company, by Oct. 31, 2015.
  49. Become recognized as a world-class authority on Quantified Self (by a major media outlet) by December 31, 2015.
  50. Pay off all credit card and personal debt by Jan. 31, 2016.
  51. Establish a daily 30 min. meditation practice by Jan. 31, 2016.
  52. Buy a car by Feb. 29, 2016.
  53. Move to an awesome apartment that supports my values and desired lifestyle by June 1, 2016.
  54. Establish an annual family tradition of spending a weekend together every year, by August 31, 2016.
  55. Attend a Landmark Forum program by Dec. 31, 2016.
  56. Establish effective personal financial management system (including effective budgets, saving/investing, paying down debt, and monthly financial reviews) by October 1, 2016.
  57. Write a 5-post guest series on Ribbonfarm, laying out my vision for productivity and recruiting a smart audience by Jan. 31, 2017.
  58. Launch a new online product by January 31, 2017.
  59. Launch a paid blog and sign up 50 members to support my writing.
  60. Set up a kickass home office in a separate room by Mar. 31, 2017.
  61. Create a new online course on digital organization and creative execution, and deliver it to 50 people at premium prices, by Feb. 28, 2017
  62. Develop a new workshop offering and deliver it to at least one major client by Dec. 31, 2017.
  63. Deliver BASB v2 to 50 people, generating $25,000 in income, by April 30, 2017
  64. Establish a group of like-minded, ambitious, engaged people for mutual learning, accountability, community, and growth by June 30, 2017.
  65. Successfully complete the Landmark Self-Expression & Leadership Program by May 31, 2017
  66. Get into shape (2 classes/wk for 8 weeks) with a regular cardio and functional exercise regimen by June 30, 2017.
  67. Complete a youth sailing drive for Cal Sailing Club by August 31, 2017.
  68. Attend Burning Man, by Sept. 30, 2017.
  69. Establish a solid working relationship with a collaborator, significantly boosting my productivity and profitability by Dec. 31, 2017.
  70. Deliver BASB v3 to 80 people, generating $48k in revenue, by August 31, 2018.
  71. Travel throughout Ukraine with Lauren, meeting friends and showing her the country, by October 31, 2017.
  72. Publish redesigned fortelabs.co website, with a clean one-page design, strong CTA for email conversion, and integration with Memberful, by Nov. 30, 2017.
  73. Launch Forte Labs coaching program and sign 5 paying clients by Jan. 31, 2018.
  74. Complete Oneness Health Coaching program, with a new actionable plan incorporating my diet, exercise, sleep, and spirituality, by March 31, 2018.
  75. Launch self-paced version of Building a Second Brain with coaching option, by Feb. 15, 2018 (+1,000 graduates in Q1).
  76. Hire a Praxis Manager to manage blog, social media, email lists, and membership program by March 31, 2018.
  77. Lauren has fulfilled her purpose and promises from ILP by April 30, 2018.
  78. Successfully complete the Introduction Leaders Program by April 30, 2018.
  79. Successfully complete 8-session coaching engagement with Doug von Kohorn, bringing him to next level of productivity
  80. Migrate Praxis blog to new WordPress/Memberful site, maintaining customer experience and adding new features, by April 30, 2018.
  81. Become financially secure (passive income = expenses) by age 33 (May 4, 2018).
  82. Build a team of 10 world-class collaborators, by August 31, 2018.
  83. Launch next version of Building a Second Brain with new features, by June 30, 2018
  84. Trademark/copyright Forte Labs IP and terms by June 30, 2018.
  85. Finalize and sign services agreements with each collaborator as a model for future collaborations, by June 30, 2018.
  86. Generate $10,000 per month in semi-passive income from Forte Labs, by June 30, 2018.
  87. Hold first annual staff retreat for FL team, building new bonds and conceiving a new vision for our work, by August 31, 2018.
  88. Host a beautiful gathering of my friends and business network to celebrate 5 years of Forte Labs, by August 31, 2018.
  89. Deliver a profound, revolutionary talk and workshop at Cubo Summit 2018 redefining the future of project management, by September 30, 2018.
  90. Establish FL coaching program as sustainable revenue stream with 2 automatic referrals to Corey each month, by September 30, 2018.

Q4 2018

  1. Write and publish Building a Second Brain book, with 100,000 copies sold, by Dec. 31, 2018.
  2. Establish consistent personal budget based on YNAB, staying within my monthly payroll amount and having systems in place to make progress toward all my financial goals, by October 31, 2018.
  3. Establish effective, automated finances (incl. estimated tax payments, expense-tracking, payroll, business financial goals, retirement contributions, quarterly financial reports, insurance, savings) by December 31, 2018.
  4. Complete exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, get comfortable with the basics of drawing and sketching, and begin publishing illustrative drawings alongside Praxis posts, by December 31, 2018.
  5. Move to Mexico with Lauren, by Dec. 31, 2018.
  6. Deliver at least 5 more talks (2 left) at major conferences or other events, by Dec. 31, 2018.
  7. Get married to a beautiful, loving, intelligent, spiritual, sensitive woman who will make a great mother, in a wonderful gathering of our families that creates a community around us, by April 30, 2019.
  8. Pay off all personal, student, and business debt, by August 31, 2019.
  9. Praxis reaches 1,000 paying members, by Dec. 31, 2019
  10. Generate $42,000 per month ($500k annualized) in revenue from Forte Labs, by December 31, 2019.

Short-Term Goals (1-2 years)

  1. Enroll first 5 participants of online course incubator program, by June 30, 2019.
  2. Have all 9 (4 remaining) of my immediate family complete the Landmark Forum, by December 31, 2018.
  3. Have all 7 (2 remaining) of my current collaborators from BASB complete the Landmark Forum, by December 31, 2018.
  4. Establish Growth Board of 5 advisors for quarterly meetings and strategic direction, by December 31, 2018.
  5. Deliver a TEDx talk on a topic I’m passionate about by December 31, 2018.
  6. Become a world-class cook, knowing recipes and techniques from all around the world by age 34 (May 4, 2019).
  7. Create and publish series of inspirational, educational, authentic video shorts showcasing BASB ideas and connecting with my audience in new ways, by June 30, 2019.
  8. Go to Burning Man with Lauren, by September 30, 2019.
  9. Write and publish book introducing new audiences to the Theory of Constraints and connecting principles of flow to knowledge work, by December 31, 2019.
  10. Redesign and relaunch Forte Labs brand identity and website, to the standard of the world’s strongest brands, by December 31, 2019
  11. Take a 3-week trip to Japan with Lauren, by Dec. 31, 2019.
  12. FL content is licensed to 5 people or businesses, producing $5k per month in revenue, by December 31, 2019.
  13. Reach 1.5M in annual revenue for Forte Labs, by Dec. 31, 2020
  14. Play the piano like a professional, writing original music by age 35 (May 4, 2020).
  15. Travel throughout the Philippines with a friend or partner, meeting family members and learning Filipino culture and traditions, by age 35 (May 4, 2020).
  16. Own nothing by age 35 (May 4, 2020).
  17. Start an impactful organization with a social mission by age 35 (May 4, 2020).
  18. Buy a sailboat and sail around the world for a year with Lauren by age 35 (May 4, 2020).
  19. Create an international challenge for contestants to compete to change the world (May 4, 2020).
  20. Establish a leadership training program for youth in Ukraine and/or Brazil, with hands-on activities and demonstrations of successful business, leadership, and project management principles (May 4, 2020).
  21. Seek out supernatural phenomena and alternative experiences in myriad forms and experience them directly (reiki, Burning Man, meditation courses, psychedelics, Landmark, ayahuasca, telekinesis, mind-reading, animate objects, auras,  etc.)

Medium-Term Goals (3-5 years)

  1. Travel around the world (every continent) by car in one trip with Lauren, with a mechanism for raising awareness or money for a social cause, by age 36.
  2. Become financially free (passive income > expenses) by age 36 (May 4, 2021).
  3. Live in an ashram and study meditation, yoga, and Buddhism by age 37 (May 4, 2022).

Long-Term Goals (5+ years)

  1. Own a house on the coast or in the mountains with simple yet comfortable lodgings to take my entire family to by age 37.
  2. Learn to read and write two non-Romance languages with native fluency and cultural knowledge by age 37.
  3. Live and work permanently in two different countries outside Europe and North America for over 2 years each by age 40.
  4. Donate one million dollars to an organization of my choice by age 40.
  5. Start or acquire a business that I am passionate about and sell it or take it public with a net profit to me of at least 10 million dollars by age 50.
  6. Make a significant contribution to the fight against poverty before death.
  7. Achieve my 5 intangibles: Freedom, Significance, Recognition, Love, and Power before death.

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