The Lion Status 100

If you do these. your biography will outsell Steve Jobs'. 

Hey Everyone, 

Another different type of post this week. NUHS news: Kendall Banning won Mr. NUHS. He's awesome, so it's OK I didn't win (haha). My 'dance' was well received but his glowstick dance and juggling with the lights out was EPIC. 

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the workload at school (not uncommon :) I resort to looking beyond school and take a look at life and what I want out of it. It keeps me excited, which in turn helps my grades. Or at least, that's my findings. 

I once read a great life analogy for happiness. The visual was if you fill your bucket (life) with sand (less important things), then when you go to put in the big rocks (things that really make you happy), they won't fit. BUT, if you put the big rocks into the bucket (your life) first, then the sand just seems to pour right in without too much hassle allowing your life to be filled with all the "BIG ROCKS", but without totally ignoring the other parts of life. 

My Bucket List is a combination of the Big Rocks that excite my life and make me happy.

My Big Rocks:

  • Family/Friends
  • Epic Adventures
  • Integrated Medicine
  • Travel
  • Entrepreneurship/Finance
  • WTF events (Things you do that you wake up the next day and say, "What the … did I do that for? O well, it will make a great story one day.")

If each or all of those are present in my life, by all definitions, I had an awesome day and my life is full of happiness and purpose. Notice: None of them is "have a big house" or "fancy car" or anything really materialistic. While money does help you accomplish things, it rarely "fills" your inner happiness. Money will come and go but happiness is something, regardless of the amount of money or materialistic things you have, that is a basic and ATTAINABLE human RIGHT. What was this country founded on again? O yeah, "the right to the pursuit of happiness." It seems our current government doesn't always remember what our founding fathers instilled (but that's a different conversation for a different day).

I encourage you to make a list of things that truly give you inner happiness. It may be quiet time in the woods, taking your wife on a dinner date, traveling to a foreign country, or just finding new places to eat. Whatever it is, I implore you to write them down and start saying "NO" to the things that don't fulfill one of your big rocks, and start saying "YES" to the things that do. It will have a profound effect on the rest of your life. I promise you.


My Lion Status 100 Bucket List:
(and I'm sure it will change as I age and different things become more/less important to me. 

  1. Become a world-class doctor
  2. Help someone overcome an "incurable" disease
  3. Start an online business in med school
  4. Pay for med school before I graduate
  5. Drive a NASCAR
  6. Skydive
  7. Swim with sharks
  8. Marry "the one"
  9. Become as healthy as I can be
  10. Triathlon
  11. Scuba dive and find Nemo
  12. Go into space and experience zero gravity
  13. Travel to a foreign country to help underprivileged children
  14. Become a New York Times best-selling author
  15. Surf and "shred the gnarr" in California
  16. Set up a successful cash practice
  17. Generate $1 million in revenue in a fiscal year
  18. Buy a boat
  19. Go on an epic all-inclusive cruise with friends
  20. Go to a private island
  21. Do something every week that expands my "bubble"
  22. Truly love and accept myself and others
  23. Become a better Christian
  24. Start a hedge fund/invest as a private equity investor
  25. Work with a start-up company
  26. Meet a president
  27. Have 100k + subscribers on youtube/facebook/twitter
  28. Stumble upon one of my own websites
  29. Be on a board of a company
  30. Coach a young sports team
  31. Adjust Tiger Woods
  32. Be a DC on the PGA Tour
  33. Catch a blue marlin deep-sea fishing
  34. Go hunting and eat what I hunted
  35. Buy a pimped-out golf cart
  36. Become a member at a prestigious golf course
  37. Shoot even par on 18 holes
  38. Dunk a basketball
  39. Weigh 190 lbs <10% body fat
  40. Play in a poker tournament in Vegas
  41. Compete in a Mr. ___ competition
  42. Make a complete fool of myself in front of an audience
  43. Sleep in a tree house
  44. Ride an elephant
  45. See the great pyramids
  46. Play golf at a US Open course
  47. Kiss the Stanley Cup
  48. Play St. Andrews on a windy day
  49. Go to the Master's
  50. Give a stranger a $100 bill and ask them what they'd do with it
  51. Buy a homeless person a meal
  52. Pay for someone's groceries
  53. Play Pebble Beach with my dad, brother, and grandpa
  54. Get in the Guinness Book of World Records
  55. Go on a shopping spree with someone
  56. Pay off my parents' mortgage
  57. Teach a seminar
  58. Give a presentation to 50+ people
  59. Be featured in a national publication
  60. Jump in a cab and yell, "Follow that car!"
  61. Walk by a Girl Scout cookie table... and not buy anything!
  62. Take a hot air balloon ride
  63. Ride the highest coaster in North America
  64. Go on a safari
  65. White water raft
  66. Test drive a really expensive car I can't afford
  67. Have a bunch of kids and be an awesome dad
  68. Bench-press 300 lbs.
  69. Make a video on YouTube with more than 100,000 views
  70. Make a video on YouTube with more than 1,000,000 views
  71. Play guitar and sing to an audience
  72. Build my own website
  73. Juice fast (I did this for 21 days and turned orange)
  74. Sell a bunch of belongings at a garage sale
  75. Send a message in a bottle
  76. Run the Boston Marathon
  77. Get a hole in one!
  78. Take advantage of "all you can eat shrimp" and "endless salad and breadsticks" (because I've been a server at both restaurants, and I want revenge! Note: I'll leave a big tip and take digestive enzymes with you.)
  79. Cliff jump 
  80. Photo bomb a ride at a theme park 
  81. Go to Australia and tell the first beautiful woman who speaks to me with an Australian accent "I love you" before she finishes what she's saying
  82. Design my own T-shirt
  83. Try to sell that T-shirt to someone
  84. Go on a wine tasting tour
  85. Read every book my favorite author has written (mine's Tim Ferriss)
  86. Have a Star Wars marathon and watch all 6 in one day with friends. (costumes preferred)
  87. Apply to Harvard (and get in?)
  88. Finish medical school
  89. Meet and have dinner (and wine) with Tim Ferriss
  90. Invest in an IPO (initial public offering) before it trades on Wall Street
  91. Pay for my kid's college education
  92. Walk behind a waterfall
  93. Start a scholarship for unique kids
  94. Donate microloans to entrepreneurs worldwide via
  95. Go to the Super Bowl
  96. Get a diplomate in Applied Kinesiology
  97. Score a goal in hockey on a penalty shot with a triple deke (I've actually done this)
  98. Give a Ted talk
  99. Bet on a horse at the Kentucky Derby! (Also: bring a beautiful girl with one of those big rich people hats!)
  100. Be the change I want to see in the world.

And… other things I've done:

  • Gone to a Harlem Globetrotters game
  • Went to a game at Fenway Park
  • Went to a game at Wrigley Field
  • Saw a Red Sox / Yankees game at old Yankee Stadium
  • Got the "king of email detox," Tim Ferriss, to e-mail me
  • Smoked a Cuban cigar
  • Ice skated at Rockefeller Center
  • Saw the Boston Commons lit up during the holidays

I'll end with this quote:

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Just make sure that it's worth watching when it does!" 

Peace out,