The big value comes at the end of your life , when you get to look back on your deathbed and not have regrets .
Pulse : Some accomplishments require overcoming physical , financial , or logistical hurdles . Others are more of a psychological challenge . What are the most difficult goals you ’ ve completed and helped strangers to complete ?
BN : The most difficult goals are always the goals we are most afraid to pursue . Research tells us the biggest barrier that stops us from achieving our personal goals is fear . It ’ s the fear of what other people think , or it ’ s the fear of failure .
The truth is people aren ’ t thinking about us as much as we think . And they are more accommodating than we think . So , the fear of what others think is often inflated . Being afraid of failure is a common fear , we all feel it . However , the truth is , what you learn by failing far outweighs any potential hit to your reputation .
Pulse : You ’ ve documented more than 90 goals achieved from your original list of 100 . What comes after the 100 ? BN : I ’ ve added hundreds of additional list items ! The idea is that your list grows and evolves as you evolve . As you grow , your passions and goals change . And your list is just a reflection of anything that is going to bring you joy and fulfilment — therefore , it changes with you .
Out of the original 100 , we have crossed off 96 . And I ’ m working on # 100 : Go to Space .
Ben Nemtin is a bestselling author and co-founder of The Buried Life movement . He has delivered more than 500 inspirational keynotes around the world .
“ BE UNSTOPPABLE . THE TRUTH IS MOST PEOPLE GIVE UP . DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE power OF PERSISTENCE .”